Scouting Staff

Assistant General Manager - Chris Lonke

Chris Lonke has been a member of the Minotauros scouting staff since 2012 and became Assistant General Manager this summer.

has been coaching Minnesota high school hockey since 1997 and has also served as the assistant coach at Hamline University.  Currently Lonke is the head coach at New Prague High School.  Lonke has led three different teams to the Minnesota Class A State Tourney- The 2003 Simley Spartans and back to back in 2014 (Finished 3rd) and 2015 (Won the Consolation Championship) with the New Prague Trojans.  Lonke was an assistant coach at Hamline University for the 2007-08 season when the Pipers won the MIAC Championship.  Lonke has been been named Section Head Coach of the year 4 different times: 2003, 2011, 2014 and 2015 and was named the Minnesota High School State Class A Head Coach of the year in 2003.

Lonke graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 1997. He received his master's in activities and athletic administration from the University of St. Thomas in 2007.  Lonke has two children with his wife Tonya, Taylor and Jack.

Director of Player Personnel - Brad Clayton

Brad joins the Minot Minotauros as the Director of Player Personnel.  Brad spent the last 9 seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL as Head Scout and Director of Bantam Prospects. He also served as Director of Player Personnel/Assistant Coach for the Austin Bruins in the NAHL for the last 3 seasons.  Brad is currently Director of Scouting for the Granite City Lumberjacks in the NA3HL.  Brad served as Director of Scouting for the Janesville Jets in the NAHL from 2012-2015.  He was Director of Scouting and Guidance for FHIT Hockey based out of Blaine, MN from 2015-2017.

Brad coached team Rangers to a Championship in the inaugural Bantam Elite League season, he currently coaches District 12 in the Minnesota 15’s High Performance program and also coaches the Minnesota Blue Ox U16 team in the Minnesota Tier 1 League.

Brad, his wife Amber and their son Dylan reside in Northern Minnesota.

Regional Scout - Colin Bailey

Colin Bailey is a native of Wausau, WI where he is currently in his 3rd season as the Head Coach of the Wausau Cyclones. Prior to working with the Cyclones (formerly RiverWolves) Bailey coached with the Northern Lakes Lightning Youth and High School programs out of Breezy Point, Minnesota. During the summers, Bailey is a lead instructor at Heartland Hockey Camps in Deerwood, Minnesota. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his 2 dogs, family and in the gym. Bailey looks forward to assisting the Minotauros in their quest to bring a Robertson Cup to Minot.

Regional Scout - Matty Taylor

Matty Taylor from Fairbanks, Alaska. He currently resides in Fond Du Lac, WI. He is currently in his 3rd season as an assistant coach for St. Mary's Springs Academy High School hockey team as they are looking for their third straight state title. He also works for Team Wisconsin as 2-year Bantam Minor coach and Peewee Combine Director. Taylor was brought to Wisconsin to play for Marian University NCAA hockey team. In the summer and off season, he is a lead instructor for Hockey Factor Development Program. In his free time enjoys spending time on the golf course and visiting his hometown in Alaska. Taylor would like to help bring Minot a championship and help players pursue their dreams of playing at the next level.