Head Coach / GM
Cell Phone: 701-388-8322
Hailing from Warroad, Minnesota (“Hockeytown, U.S.A.”), Kirk joins the WarHawks as a coach with a wealth of knowledge and experience in nearly all aspects of the game. Prior to coaching in Willmar, Kirk was an assistant coach at the college level for Hamline University. Kirk has also coached at the high school level in the Hockey Minnesota 18U High-Performance League as well as the youth level, guiding the St. Paul Capitals 14U to the State Tournament.
In addition to coaching, Kirk worked as a scout and advisor for SmarterHockey, helping players and families navigate the amateur hockey world. This comes on top of practicing law as a personal injury attorney at McEllistrem Fargione, P.A. after graduating summa cum laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2016.
Prior to law school, Kirk graduated from Hamline University magna cum laude in 2013, where he played four years as a Piper on the Men’s Varsity Hockey Team (NCAA Division III), winning a MIAC Championship in 2011 and being named Academic All-Conference three years in a row (freshman are not eligible). Before attending Hamline, he played three years of Junior A hockey in Canada, winning the 2008 Bill Salonen Cup as SIJHL champions with the Dryden Ice Dogs. This came after graduating from Warroad High School in 2006, where he was a member of the undefeated 2005 Minnesota State champion Warroad Warriors.
Finally, if Kirk’s last name sounds familiar, that’s because he is the nephew of Warroad’s 1988 Mr. Hockey winner and Gophers great Larry Olimb.
Associate Head Coach / Assistant GM
Cell Phone: 518-538-4389
Connor comes from Upstate New York and joins the WarHawks with a wide range of experience behind the bench including levels at High School, North American Hockey League (NAHL), NCAA Division III and the ECHL.
Last Season, Connor spent the year with the NAHL’s Chippewa Steel in Chippewa Falls, WI. Previous to that Connor coached and recruited for the SUNYAC’s Morrisville State College Men’s Hockey team from 2016-2019. Connor also served as the Adirondack Thunder’s Video Coach and Hockey Operations Assistant in the 2015-2016 season. Leading up to his time with the Thunder, from 2012-2015 Connor began his coaching career at the high school level with the Tri-Falls Rivermen based on Glens Falls, NY.
Connor is excited to join the WarHawks alongside Head Coach Kirk Olimb and looks to help build a strong, successful, and competitive team.
Gameday Operations / Promotions Coordinator
Cell Phone: 320-444-3181
Equipment Manager / Gameday Operations
Cell Phone: 320-212-7171