Aaron Fox is entering his first season as head coach of the Sheffield Steelers. Prior to joining the Steelers coaching staff, Fox spent six years in various roles at Medvescak Zagreb in Croatia.
The Minnesota native enjoyed a productive playing career spent mainly in mainland Europe. This included spells in Slovakia, Germany, Austria and Croatia. Whilst playing for the Vienna Capitals in the 2007/08 season, Fox was ranked the Austrian Hockey League top scorer with 31 goals and 35 assists for 66 total points. A career spanning over 20 seasons, Fox initially called it a day whilst icing for HC Innsbruck of the EBEL, but later dressed 3 games for Zagreb In the 2016/17 season.
Fox’s off-ice career began in 2013 when he was appointed the Sports Manager in Zagreb. He would continue in this role for four years in which the side were present in the KHL and for the first season in the EBEL. At the beginning of the 2018/19 season, Fox was appointed head coach whilst the club struggled with off-ice issues. This would be the first time in the head coach position. During his time as head coach, he would also continue the role of sports manager until December 10th 2018, when he would resign from both positions.
Steelers owner, Tony Smith, confirmed the appointment of Aaron Fox as the Steelers head coach and general manager on April 16th 2019. He has signed a three year contract with the organisation
Carter Beston-Will joined the Steelers’ staff as Assistant Coach in the summer of 2019, coming to Sheffield along with GM / Head Coach Aaron Fox from Medvescak Zagreb of the EBEL, where he worked as the team’s Video Coach and Assistant Coach for two seasons.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Beston-Will made the move to coaching in Europe after playing Junior hockey in British Columbia. Carter’s young hockey career saw him playing alongside and against many of North America’s top prospects at the Prep level with the Swiss International Sports & Education Centre Selects. Carter also captained Team Alberta to a championship final at the National Indigenous Hockey Championships in 2015.
An ardent student of the game, Carter’s on-ice tenacity and work ethic have followed him into his coaching career, where he is often the first and last person at the rink, ensuring that Fox and the players are well prepared to compete.
Beston-Will spends the off-season in Calgary, where he works as an on-ice hockey instructor and athletic trainer while working toward a degree in Business Management.
Mike Mawer – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach