We take Pride in our coaching staff

Without our coaches we would not be where we are today.

Our coaching staff is comprised of both parent and non-parent coaches who are dedicated to helping these athletes achieve their potential and foster their goals. We will also be offering additional education to all of our Coaches to continue providing quality training to our athletes.


Director of Hockey Development

Tony Granato

Dustin Donaghy

16U Coach

 Director of Hockey Development

The Spokane Jr. Chiefs

Former Spokane Chief, Dustin Donaghy understands what it means to be a Chief and is dedicated to make our "best" better. His vision for our players doesn't stop when they step off of the ice, he truly believes in developing the whole person. He has set the bar high for what he expects from our players not just on the ice but off the ice as well the represent the Spokane Jr. Chiefs as a top notch team.

Directors of Womens Hockey

Tony Granato

Krista Brasch & Loie Kiltz


 Directors of Female Hockey

Meet Krista & Loie

Krista Brasch – Background and experience

  • Started playing hockey with Spokane Women’s Hockey league 10 years ago
  • Level 3 Certified USA Hockey coach – all age modules completed- (getting Level 4 completed this summer)

3 years coaching hockey – house division (Certified with USA Hockey)

Assistant coach - 2 years of Peewee(12U) within SAYHA (2017/18 and 2018/19)

Volunteered coach for ‘Girls Club’ started in 2017 within SAYHA

Head Coach - 1 year of Bantam (14U) within SAYHA. (2019/20)

Assistant coached in Richmond, BC -- Richmond Classic all female tournament (2018 12U Team and 2019 14U Team)

Volunteer on ice at arena for 3 different Learn to Play Hockey for free sessions at the Chief’s Arena

  • Vice President of the Spokane Women’s Hockey League Board for 2 years (2017/2018 and 2018/2019)
  • President of the Spokane Women’s Hockey League Board 1 year (presently- 2019/2020)

Loie Kiltz – Background and experience

Level 1 Certified USA Hockey Coach
Inland NW Girls Club - Assisted Elliot Taub in establishing for Coeur D’Alene Hockey Association.  Now partnering Inland NW Girls Club with Spokane Girls Club to grow Girls Hockey Programs in our area.
Seattle Girls Hockey Club - Assisted Jim O’Brien in growing girls hockey in the Seattle area.
Athletic Experience:
Rugby -  US, Europe, and New Zealand.
Track - NCAA Div 1
Ski - Raced and Instructed
Their Vision for Women's Hockey in SAYHA
  • Grow, encourage and empower female hockey players within Spokane Region and within our Spokane Youth Hockey Association.
  • Positive, safe and encouraging environment for girls to gain courage, strength, skills, confidence and friendships.
  • Create a program that is consistent, scalable and maintainable for girls to get the experience beyond their co-ed hockey experience to also play with all female hockey athletes on ice.
  • Grow girls program to be able to have full girls teams that we can have at each age level, for internal play exchange, external scrimmaging with other local all female teams, and to have SAYHA be able to send full female teams to tournaments etc.

Coaching Staff: 2020-2021 Season

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Matt Thurston

14U Head Coach
Phone: (208)661-7708

Alex Peltram

16U Assistant
Phone: N/A
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Kim Ferraro

Power Skating Instructor
Phone: (509)979-3124