Coaching Staff

Tom Wood

Tom is entering his 23rd season with Stevenson. He played two years as a player and the last 21 seasons he has been a coach with the Patriots. Tom is in his 7th season as the Varsity head coach and Hockey Director. Tom was the assistant coach for Stevenson Varsity for the previous 14 years where he ran the special teams for 14 years, defense for 12 years, and offense for 2 years. The Varsity Team advanced to the State Championship at United Center for the first time in school history under his leadership in 2018. In 2021 the Patriots won their first ever Red Division State Championship and finished 2nd at the USA Hockey National Championships to Shattuck St. Mary’s. During Tom’s tenure as a coach at Stevenson the program has won 8 Thanksgiving Tournaments, 1 Metro North Regular Season Championship, 2 Metro North Playoff Championships, and 2 Chicago Metro Scholastic Cup Championships. They have also been to the State Final Four 2 times, State Elite Eight 10 times and the State Sweet Sixteen 9 times. In 2021 Tom was the coach for the AHAI Allstate team and for the prestigious America’s Showcase team, which is made up of 20 of the best High School Players in Illinois. The Illinois Black team won the Showcase. Tom is also a 2-time Scholastic Hockey League coach of the Year. Since Tom has been the hockey director at Stevenson the JV Gold team has won 1 State Championship and was runner up one time. The JV Gold team has been to the State Final Four 5 times in the 6 years Tom has been Hockey Director.


Tom grew up playing hockey in the Chicagoland area playing Mite and Squirt hockey with the Northbrook Bluehawks. He then joined the Chicago Young Americans AAA program from Peewee to Midget Major (U18) with one stop at Team Illinois. During his junior year, he started to play for the Stevenson Varsity hockey team and at the end of the season he was selected to participate on the prestigious Chicago Showcase Team. In his senior year, he was an All-State player and was the Assistant Captain. Tom was inducted into the Stevenson Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008. After High School, Tom played 4 years of hockey at the University of Arizona ACHA Division 1. He graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Business Management and Marketing.

Varsity Head Coach

Dan Wood

Dan is entering his 10th season coaching with Stevenson and has held many coaching roles, including: JV Assistant Coach (2 seasons), JV White Co-Head Coach (1 season) and Varsity Assistant Coach (7 seasons). Dan focuses on defense as a Varsity Assistant. During his coaching tenure with Stevenson, many historical firsts were achieved including: First Varsity State Championship (2021-2022), Varsity USA Hockey Nationals Runner Up (2021-2022), Varsity State Runner-Up (2017-2018), JV State Championship (2012-2013 Season), Third JV Final Four Appearance (2013-2014 Season) and JV White Divisional League Championship (2017-2018 Season).

In addition to coaching Stevenson, Dan is the Head Coach and Hockey Director at DePaul University. He has been with the DePaul program since 2020. Dan is a USA Hockey Level 5 Coach and is the Program's Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Dan grew up playing hockey in the Chicagoland Area with the Highland Park Falcons program with a one-year stint at the Chill AAA program. Dan played Varsity hockey at Stevenson High school for 4 years. In addition to playing hockey, Dan was a nationally ranked Olympic Weightlifter, winning the State Championship 3 years in a row. After Stevenson, he played 4 years at Miami University of Ohio on their ACHA D2 team. 

Varsity Assistant Coach

Marc Shellist

Marc is in his fourth year as an Assistant Coach working with the forwards. Marc was on the coaching staff for their first appearance at the United Center for the Varsity State Championship (2017-2018).

In addition to coaching at Stevenson, he is a head coach for the Ice Dogs Hockey Association. He has been with the Ice Dogs for over 16 years as both a coach and the Club's president. Marc has coached in both NIHL and CSDHL at every level and has won championships in both leagues, NIHL U14 (2017) and CSDHL U15 (2018).

Varsity Assistant Coach & JV White Head Coach

Brian Murtha

After a break of a few years, Brian rejoins the Stevenson Hockey staff as a Varsity and JV White Assistant Coach, making this his 6th season with the program. During his prior tenure, he held a variety of positions including JV Gold Head Coach, JV Gold Assistant Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach.

Brian grew up playing hockey in the Chicagoland Area starting with the Glenview Stars and eventually making his way to Stevenson High School as a 3 year Varsity player. After Stevenson, Brian played 2 years for Robert Morris (now, Roosevelt University) on their ACHA D1 team and he finished his college playing at Miami University of Ohio on their ACHA D2 team.

Varsity & JV White Assistant Coach

Ralph Menotti

Ralph is in his 6th season coaching at Stevenson. Final four appearances all 5 seasons in State tournament. 1 - State Championship, 1 State runner up. Top 3 in league standings all 5 seasons, 1 season league Championship.

Ralph has been coaching in the Chicagoland Area for 35+ years. He has spent the last 8 years coaching at the Central States level with the Vernon Hills Ice Dogs. Ralph has also coached 4 seasons with the Chicago Young Americans AAA organization, 10 seasons with the Highland Park Falcons, and 8 seasons with the Glenview Stars organization. In addition to his experience coaching, Ralph served as hockey director of the Glenview Stars during his tenure with the organization. Ralph is a Level 5 USA Hockey coach.

Both of his kids play D1 and D3 NCAA college hockey.

JV Gold Head Coach

Frank DeMaio

Frank is in his 6th season coaching at Stevenson. In 5 seasons at Stevenson, the JV team made 5 straight Final 4 appearances, including a state championship, state Runner-Up and for the first time in Stevenson history an SHL President’s cup.

Frank has been coaching for over 15 years at the High School, CSHL and AAA levels.

JV Gold Assistant Coach

Anthony Lagori

Anthony grew up locally in Hawthorn Woods, starting playing hockey for the Ice Dogs and eventually transitioning to Falcons CSDHL for his Midget years. In 2020 he started coaching at the Ice Dogs as an Assistant on the AA Squirt team and has been a Head Coach during 2021 for the Ice Dogs Bantam Silver team.

JV Gold Assistant Coach

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