Head Coach & General Manager
In August of 2017, Gary Shuchuk became the third head coach and general manager in the Jets’ history. In this role, Shuchuk oversees all hockey operations.
In Shuchuk’s first season, the Jets compiled a 38-13-6-3 record, good for 85 points and a solid 2nd place regular season finish in the Midwest Division. Janesville swept the Springfield Jr. Blues in the Division Semi-Finals before losing a nail-biting, five-game Midwest Division Finals to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Shuchuk and his staff helped 12 Jets players secure NCAA commitments, 10 of which were Division I. In June, forward Jakov Novak became Shuchuk’s first NAHL player to be selected at the NHL Draft when the Ottawa Senators picked him 188th overall.
Shuchuk joined the Jets from two years as an assistant coach at Michigan Tech, where he helped the Huskies win the 2016 McNaughton Cup as WCHA regular season champions, and a 2017 Broadmoor Cup as WCHA playoff champions. Prior to his role at Michigan Tech, Shuchuk served five seasons as assistant coach for his alma mater Wisconsin. With the Badgers, Shuchuk won the 2013 Broadmoor Cup and the 2014 Big Ten playoffs.
Shuchuk played 142 NHL games and recorded 39 points between the Detroit Red Wings and the Los Angeles Kings, coming to within three wins of a Stanley Cup in 1993 alongside Wayne Gretzky. He also played more than 420 games and tallied 367 points in the AHL and IHL, winning a Calder Cup with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1992. He co-captained Adirondack, the Houston Aeros, and Orlando Solar Bears before finishing his professional career in Europe, winning a 2003 DEL championship.
As a Badger, Shuchuk co-captained the 1990 National Champion team, garnering first team All-American status along the way to WCHA Most Valuable Player and University of Wisconsin Male Athlete of the Year titles. Shuchuk is tied for 12th on the Badgers’ all-time scoring list (176 points) and stands seventh in goals (85). His 80 points in 1990 are the second-most in a single season by a Badger.
Gary and his wife Michelle live in Madison. They have three children: Alex, a senior at UW-Madison and a former Janesville Jet; Maki, a senior at Norwich University; and Kat, a junior at Middlebury College. Both of his daughters play college hockey.
Assistant Coach & Director of Scouting
This fall, Corey Leivermann returns for his second season with the Janesville Jets. In his coaching role, Leivermann focuses on the Jets’ defensemen, defensive zone play, and penalty kill. Leivermann also leads the Jets’ scouting and recruiting efforts.
In his role as Director of Scouting, Leivermann heads up the Jets’ recruiting efforts and directly manages the Jets’ scouting staff.
Before joining the Jets, Leivermann spent one season with the Jersey Shore Wildcats in the NA3HL as Head Coach/GM. After his season ended with Jersey Shore, Leivermann joined the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the NAHL as an assistant coach. Previously, Leivermann was the Head Scout of Wichita Falls for the 2014-15 season.
Leivermann played four years of high school hockey for Mankato West (MN). He was a four-year captain and received an NCAA Division I scholarship to Minnesota State Mankato. From high school, he played two years of junior hockey with the USHL’s Fargo Force, captaining the team in his second season. He played two and a half seasons as Maverick before transferring to Division III Gustavus Adolphus. In his senior year, he captained the Golden Gusties and earned All American status.
Assistant Coach & Director of Wisconsin Junior Jets
Former Jet forward Lennie Childs returned to Janesville in November 2018, adding to the team’s coaching staff and bringing leadership to the Wisconsin Junior Jets.
The Wisconsin Junior Jets, known also just as the Junior Jets, are a AAA player development program. Started by Bill McCoshen and Dan Schacte in 2004 as the Madison Stars, the Junior Jets are Wisconsin’s first fully-integrated player development program from mites through juniors. In his directorial role, Childs oversees skill development and is in charge of expanding the program with more teams and increased exposure to junior and college hockey.
With the NAHL Jets, Childs focuses on individual skill development, position-specific development, and player procurement.
Childs joined the Jets from the USPHL’s Charlotte Rush of the Premier Division, where he served as head coach. He spent the 2017-18 season in the same role with the Skipjacks Hockey Club in York, Pennsylvania, also of the Premier Division. Childs played four seasons of college hockey at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin. He played for the Jets from 2010 to 2012, appearing in 116 total games for the club.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Paul Zweifel of Total Athlete Performance became the Jets’ strength and conditioning coach in 2018.
Total Athlete Performance is a high-performance strength and conditioning facility run by head strength coach Paul Zweifel. The mission of the partnership with the Jets is to design and implement principles and practices of the most modern and up-to-date sciences in the Strength and Conditioning field as it pertains to the game of hockey. Their goal is to create and maintain a proactive atmosphere for players by bringing a balanced approach of mobility, flexibility, speed, agility, power, strength, and conditioning to enhance each athlete’s overall stress capacity. The result is a stronger, more injury-resistant athlete capable of withstanding the rigors of the season who can remain on the ice, where their skills are developed.