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Evan Bartlett -  Head Coach - Offensive Coordinator - Quarterbacks (7th season coaching, 2nd season on staff)

Coach Bartlett enters his second season with the Thunder and first as a head coach. Coach Bartlett has served as the Offensive Coordinator of the JV squad and worked with the Offensive and Defensive Lines with the Thunder. Prior to coaching in Zimmerman he was at Milaca for 3 season coaching the Offensive Line, Defensive Line, Linebackers, Special Teams, and JV Defensive Coordinator. Coach Bartlett also spent 2 season with Waseca coaching the Defensive Line and the JV Offensive Coordinator. While in high school Coach Bartlett was a 3 year letter winner and Captain his senior year. After high school Coach Bartlett attended Buena Vista University and was a 2 year letter winner (2003,2004) of a Top 25 Nationally Ranked team. During those seasons Coach Bartlett was on all Special Teams and saw some Defensive time. Upon finishing two seasons at Buena Vista, Coach Bartlett decided in enlist in the Active Duty United States Marine Corps as an Infantryman, serving in two deployments to Iraq in 2006-07 and 2007-08. After the Marine Corps Coach Bartlett went back to school at Minnesota State University Mankato to earn a B.S. degree in Physical Education and Health Education and a Master’s from North Dakota State University in Leadership in Physical Education and Sport. Coach Bartlett teaches Health and Physical Education at Zimmerman Middle School/High School. Coach Bartlett resides in Zimmerman and is married to his wife Kristi and has two daughters Brielle (3) and Kyla (1).

 

Chris Riley – Defensive Coordinator - Defensive Backs (13th season on staff)

Coach Riley is entering his thirteenth season as a member of Thunder coaching staff. Coach Riley is also be the Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach.  Prior to coaching football at Zimmerman, Coach Riley spent five years coaching both high school and junior high football in Elk River.  He was recognized as the East Central North District assistant coach of the year at the conclusion of the 2016 season. Coach Riley is also the head baseball coach at ZHS.  As a player Coach Riley lettered in football, basketball, and baseball at Elk River High School.  He was a member of the 1990 Elks football team that played in the Prep Bowl.  Coach Riley was also a named All-Conference in baseball his senior season.  He teaches Physical Education at Zimmerman Elementary.  He attended St. Cloud State University and holds a masters degree through St. Mary's.  Coach Riley and his wife Kim have two sons, Mack (21) and Alex (19).  They reside in Zimmerman.

 

Jim Gornick -  Special Teams Coordinator - Running Backs  (8th season on staff)

Coach Gornick is entering his eighth season with the Thunder football coaching staff.  He is the Special Teams Coordinator, JV Offensive Coordinator, and is in charge of running backs for the entire program. Coach Gornick has experience coaching youth hockey and officiating youth football.  Coach Gornick is a graduate of Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, MN.  He was a three-year letter winner in football, baseball, and hockey.   His senior season, Coach Gornick was chosen as a captain and received All-Conference honors on the hockey team.   Following high school, he attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth focusing on teaching elementary education.  Currently Coach Gornick is the Discipline Assistant at Zimmerman Elementary School.  Coach Gornick resides in Otsego.

 

Adam Pelot - Offensive Line - JV Defensive Coordinator (7th season on staff)

Coach Pelot is entering his seventh season with the Thunder football coaching staff. He will lead the JV defense and be in charge of the program's Offensive line. Coach Pelot grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin and attended D.C. Everest Senior High.  After high school he attended St. Cloud State earning his teaching degree in Earth Science.  He currently teaches high school science in Big Lake.  Prior to coaching with the Thunder,  Coach Pelot coached at Big Lake High School.  His wife Angie, son Easton (3), and dog, Rocky, have lived in Zimmerman for the past eleven years.

 

Mark Hayes- Receivers/Tight Ends (6th season on staff)

2019 is Coach Hayes’ sixth year with the Thunder and sixteenth year of coaching football. Coach Hayes is the receivers coach and assistant linebackers coach. Coach Hayes also coaches wrestling for the Thunder. Coach Hayes grew up in Tracy, MN where he graduated from Tracy Area High School. He was a three sport athlete in high school, competing in football, wrestling, and track. He was a multiple letter winner in all three sports and a wrestling captain his senior year. After high school he attended Bethany Lutheran College, receiving his AA degree followed by Mankato State where he earned his BS in Technology Education and Minor in Coaching. Furthering his education he earned his Masters Degree from St. Mary’s. He currently teaches high school Technology Education in Rogers. Prior to coaching with the Thunder, Coach Hayes taught and coached at Princeton, Burnsville, Redwood Falls and Waseca. He and wife Michelle, daughters Madisyn(15), Natalie(13), and Kylee(10) live in Zimmerman.

 

Chad Bouley - Defensive Line - 9th Grade Offensive Coordinator (1st Year on Staff)


Taylor Snow - Linebackers - 9th Grade Defensive Coordinator (1st Year on Staff)













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