C J Sweigart
Head Coach/General Manager
CJ grew up on the East Coast-living in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and the Washington DC area. He played his youth hockey for the Washington Little Capitals AAA and Ashburn Xtreme before matriculating to play Junior for the Baystate Breakers of the EJHL/EmJHL and the Junior Capitals of the AJHL/MJHL. CJ also played High School hockey for the Georgetown Preparatory School where he received all-conference and all-state honors over multiple seasons. CJ began his coaching career for the Ashburn Xtreme winning a league championship and a State Runner-Up banner in his first year behind the bench. He followed this with a move out west to the Boulder Hockey Club and the Rocky Mountain LRR’s where he enjoyed similar success securing multiple banners for the program while receiving Coach of the Year honors over a 4-year span. During his time in Colorado CJ earned his USA Hockey Level 5 Coaching Certification and served as a coach for USA Hockey’s Western Regional High Performance/ Development Camp in Colorado Springs as well as his Hockey Director Certification from USAH N.A.R.C.E. From there CJ moved to the Junior A level serving as a coach for the Texas Brahmas in North Richland Hills, TX where his team went on to a 34-5-1 record securing an NA3HL South Division Regular Season and Playoff Title as well as a berth to the Fraser Cup. CJ prides himself on teaching cutting-edge power skating and skill work across all levels while adhering to a very structured and detailed form of team play. In the off-season, CJ currently resides in Superior, CO with his fiancé Becca and their dog Avon.
Coach Tuchklaper will be entering his 2nd season as the Quake assistant coach. Coach Tuchklaper is an alumnus of the Yellowstone Quake, playing in the years 2010-2012. After playing with the Quake, he spent time playing in Canada for the Sarnia Legionnaires (GOJHL), then onward to play ACHA D1 college hockey at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan where he then graduated with a degree in Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention with a minor in Exercise Science. Coach Tuchlaper grew up in Walled Lake, Michigan where he played travel youth hockey, then high school hockey prior to moving to Cody, Wyoming for Juniors. Outside of hockey, coach Tuchklaper is a Crossfit coach and personal trainer. Coach Tuchklaper will continue to oversee the Quake’s strength and conditioning program this year. Coach Tuchlaper is excited about heading into his 2nd year as the Quake assistant coach and looking forward to the continued development of the young players both on and off the ice.