Staff
Head Coach
David Carle

David Carle was named Richard and Kitzia Goodman Head Coach on May 25, 2018, becoming the 9th head coach in the history of the program.

Carle, 28, is the youngest active head coach in NCAA Division I college hockey. The Anchorage, Alaska, native served the previous four and a half seasons as an assistant coach with the Pioneers under Jim Montgomery, joining the program on January 1, 2014, following a season and a half as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

During his tenure as an assistant coach with the Pioneers, Carle helped Denver to a 115-51-23 record, a 66-32-14-8 mark in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), one (1) NCHC regular-season title, two (2) NCHC Frozen Faceoff titles, five (5) NCAA Tournament appearances, two (2) Frozen Four appearances and the 2017 National Championship. While in Green Bay, Carle helped the Gamblers to a 37-23-4 record, a second-place finish in the USHL's Eastern Conference and a franchise record 15-consecutive wins on home ice.

Prior to joining the Gamblers, Carle served four (4) seasons as a student assistant coach with the Pioneers after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the primary disease of the myocardium muscle of the heart, and being forced to retire from his playing career. Carle graduated from the University of Denver in 2012.

As a player, Carle was a defenseman at Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.), helping the Sabres capture back-to-back national titles in 2007 and 2008. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 7th Round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and recruited to play at Denver before receiving his diagnosis.

Assistant Coach
Tavis MacMillan

Tavis MacMillan enters his fourth season with the Pioneers during the 2018-2019 season after being named assistant coach on May 27, 2015.

MacMillan has helped the Pioneers to the 2017 National Championship, two (2) Frozen Four appearances, three (3) NCAA tournament appearances, a National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Frozen Faceoff title and an NCHC regular-season title.

Prior to joining the Pioneers, MacMillan served eight (8) seasons as a scout in the Winnipeg Jets organization and 10 seasons as a coach for his alma mater, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. MacMillan served seven seasons as an assistant coach (1996-2003) and three (3) seasons as a head coach (2003-2006) for the Nanooks, amassing a 46-54-15 record as head coach.

As a player, MacMillan, a Milk River, Alberta native, spent four (4) seasons with Alaska-Fairbanks (1990-94), recording 192 points (56-136-192) in 135 career NCAA games. Professionally, MacMillan played with the with Greensboro Monarchs of the ECHL during the 1994-1995 season and the Alaska Gold Kings of the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) during the 1995-1996 season, serving as player/marketing director for the Gold Kings.

MacMillan’s uncle, John, won two (2) national titles with the Pioneers (1958, 1960) prior to embarking upon a decade-long pro career that included stops with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, with whom he won a pair of Stanley Cups (1962, 1963).

Assistant Coach
Dallas Ferguson

Ferguson was named assistant coach on July 3, 2018 after having served the 2017-2018 season as the head coach of the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) where he led the team to a 24-37-9-2 record. Prior to joining the Hitmen, the Wainwright, Alberta native was head coach of the Alaska Nanooks from 2008-2017, guiding the Nanooks to a 67- 80-15 record from 2012-2017.

Ferguson began his coaching career as an assistant with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), then returned to Alaska to serve as an assistant with the Nanooks from 2004-2008, working under Pioneers assistant and then-head coach Tavis MacMillan from 2004-2007.

Ferguson played four (4) seasons with the Nanooks from 1992-1996, compiling 104 points (17-87-104) and 64 penalty minutes in 138 games. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Following his collegiate career, Ferguson played four (4) seasons of professional hockey with the Richmond Renegades of the ECHL as well as the Alaska Gold Kings and Anchorage Aces of the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL). Ferguson recorded 69 points (6-63-69) points in 159 WCHL games.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Steven Reinprecht

Steven Reinprecht was named volunteer assistant coach on June 8, 2018, joining the Pioneers following an 18-year professional playing career.

Reinprecht played 11 years in the NHL and part of seven (7) in the DEL, the top German professional league. The Edmonton, Alberta native brings a championship pedigree to Denver, having won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001 and a gold medal with Canada at the 2003 IIHF World Championship.

Reinprecht began his playing career as a center at the University of Wisconsin where he tallied 162 points (72-90-162) in 154 games. During the 1999-2000 season, Reinprecht was recognized as Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Year as well as American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) First-Team All-American.

Following his time at Wisconsin, Reinprecht signed with the Los Angeles Kings to begin his 18-year professional career. In 11 NHL seasons, Reinprecht played for five (5) different teams and finished with 382 points (140-242-382) in 663 games. He notched 104 points (40-64-104) in 165 games with the Colorado Avalanche from 2000-2003. Internationally, Reinprecht registered 303 points (105-198-303) through 278 games in the DEL, leading the league with 67 points during the 2014-2015 season. He played six-consecutive years for the Nurnberg Ice Tigers prior to his retirement in April 2018.

Director of Hockey Operations
Kelsey Bigham

Kelsey Bigham was named Director of Hockey Operations on Sept. 12, 2018 after serving one season as the Sports Program Assistant, overseeing finances for men’s hockey, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer. During her tenure with the hockey program, Bigham assisted with the preparation of video, organization and analysis of on-ice statistics and coordination of team events.

Prior to coming to Denver, Bigham served as the Chief Operations Officer for the Colorado State men’s ice hockey team where she oversaw team travel, game day operations and statistics for the program. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State in 2017. At the time of her hire, Bigham became the third active female director of hockey operations for a Division I college hockey program.

Director of Sports Medicine
Matt Shaw

Matt Shaw enters his seventh year at the University of Denver. As the Head Strength and Conditioning coach he oversees the strength and conditioning for hockey, Men’s basketball, Men's soccer and Men's/Women's golf, while also overseeing the department’s internship program. Since his arrival in 2012 he has trained and consulted with athletes from the NHL, KHL, MLS, and MLL.

Prior to coming to Denver, Shaw was an assistant strength coach responsible for men's basketball, wrestling and men's soccer at Boston University. He started his tenure at BU as a graduate assistant, managing the strength and conditioning for men's soccer, wrestling and golf, and assisted with men's basketball and men's and women's swimming and diving.

Before his graduate assistantship, Shaw interned with University of South Carolina Football, Boston University, Harvard University, Boston University’s Athletic Enhancement Center, and Boston University Men’s Ice Hockey under the mentorship of Mike Boyle during the 2006-07 season. Shaw has earned certifications from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Association of Speed and Explosion.

Shaw has presented at numerous symposiums and clinics including the NSCA’s State Clinic (CO), the NSCA’s Hockey Training Clinic and DU’s Strength and Conditioning Clinic. He has also been published in Training and Conditioning Magazine.

The St. Louis, Mo., native earned his bachelor's degree in health sciences from BU's Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation with a minor in human physiology in January 2010. He also completed his master's in physical education, specializing in coaching from BU's School of Education in May 2011. He holds certifications through the NSCA (CSCS, RSCC), CSCCa (RSCC), and 3DMAPS.