Head Coach & General Manager
As of May 2017, Joe Dibble is finishing his fifth year with the Jets. During his time in Janesville, Dibble has helped grow the program to a consistent league-leader in NCAA Division I commitments. Over his five years with the club, the Jets have advanced 52 players to the ranks of D-I hockey. Dibble’s philosophy of prioritizing player development and advancement has translated into team success, too. In five full seasons as the Jets’ bench boss, the 2014-15 NAHL General Manager of the Year owns an impressive 181-91-28 record.
Prior to joining the Jets, Dibble enjoyed three successful seasons in Springfield, Illinois, with his current division rivals the Springfield Jr. Blues. He took over as the interim head coach in January of 2011, and brought his Jr. Blues to the Midwest Division Finals that spring.
Dibble’s coaching career began in his home state of Minnesota with the Minnesota Junior Hockey League’s Minnesota Owls in 2006. The Owls placed 5th in the 2006-07 USA Hockey Tier III National Tournament. During his time with the Owls, Dibble also taught and trained youth hockey players for the Herb Brooks Hockey Training Facility at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
A native of Champlin, Minnesota, Joe and his wife Raven reside in Janesville with their son Phoenix, daughter Harlow, and dog Bella.
Kyle Forte is entering his first season with the Janesville Jets. As the Assistant Coach, Forte will focus on the Jets’ defensemen, defensive zone play, and penalty kill. Forte will also lead the Jets’ scouting and recruiting efforts.
Before joining the Jets family, Forte spent four years with the Cincinnati Thunder in the NA3HL. During his time with the Thunder, Forte secured multiple NCAA commitments for his players.
Forte is a native of Cincinnati, OH, and left the area at 13 to play at Shattuck St. Mary’s. While at Shattuck, Forte competed in three National Championships and earned a spot in USA Hockey’s summer development camps. After Shattuck, Forte played in the EJHL for the Nashua Huskies, then transitioned to the NAHL’s Springfield Jr. Blues, where he played for then Assistant Coach Joe Dibble. Forte also played for the USHL’s Omaha Lancers. Following his junior hockey career, Forte played for the Lawrence University Vikings.