Coaching Staff

Cole Workman - Head Coach & Director of Player Personnel

 coleworkmanCoach Cole Workman will be entering his second season as the head coach of the Thief River Norskies’ of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL). In the Norskies’ first year they finished with a 31-20-2-3 record and qualified for playoffs in our first year; and coach Workman moved on 4 eligible players to College hockey last season including 2 at NCAA DIII schools and 2 to the ACHA level.

Prior to coaching in Thief River Falls coach Workman played for four years at Finlandia University NCAA D3 from 2010-2014.
Following his playing career he was a volunteer assistant at his alma mater under head coach Dane Litke. After a successful year with Finlandia coach Workman took his passion to Adrian College as an assistant of the NCAA D3 program under head coach Chad Davis. There he helped the program capture a the 2016 Slaats Cup Championship and host an NCAA playoff berth for the first time in school history. In that year the program set the school record for most wins in a season and finished with the best record in program history (25-3-1); which a 23-game winning streak was a part of that success story.

Email: Cole Workman

Kaine Martell - Associate Head Coach

photo op - Kaine MartellIn 2017-2018 season Kaine has been named to Associate Head Coach and is very excited to take on a bigger role within the team. Coach Martell is excited to kick off the second season of #NorskieNation hockey.

During his High School career in Warroad Minnesota, Martell made two state appearances, taking 3rd place in 1995 and the State Championship title and All-tournament team in 1996.  Upon High School, Martell won the Allan Cup Championship title in the Canadian National Senior Ice Hockey “AAA,” and shares a spot with his Lakers Teammates in the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1996-97 season Martell played in the USHL for the Rochester Mustangs. 

Martell has volunteered for the Thief River Falls Hockey Association for the past 12 years as a coach. Kaine is married to Vanessa and is a proud father of four hockey players, Morgan, Ivar, Gage and Koya.

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Tim Bergland - Strength and Conditioning Coach

photo op - Tim BerglandTim Bergland is a native of Thief River Falls.  A 1983 graduate of Lincoln High School he was the number one draft pick from Minnesota chosen by the Washington Capitals in 1983.  Bergland played the next 4 years for the University of Minnesota and served as captain his senior year. While at the U of M he was a Williams Scholar as well as a weight lifting All-American.  He spent the next 12 years playing professional hockey. The majority of his career was spent with the Washington Capitals, and Tampa Bay Lightning, with stops in Atlanta, Chicago and Helsinki. As well, in 1995 Bergland played in the World Hockey Championships for Team USA.    

Upon his retirement from professional hockey in 1999, he jumped into the coaching ranks in Minnesota HS hockey.  He coached in Fergus Falls from 1999-2004, and then moved back to Thief River Falls. He currently coaches the Lincoln High School Prowlers.  Bergland has brought his teams to  8 State Tournament appearances;  4 with Fergus Falls and 4 with Thief River Falls, respectively. He has been named section coach of the year several times as well as is in demand as a trainer and hockey consultant. He currently runs Northwest Acceleration speed and strength training.

Tim is married to Claudia and has 3 kids, Isak, Emily, and Grace. 

Mike Dowers – Goalie Coach

Coach photo op - DowersDowers comes to the Norskies as a native of Thief River Falls having played all four years for Lincoln High as a goalie.  During that time Mike received multiple honors such as all section conference team, team MVP and captain.  After his high school career wrapped up Mike continued playing in the USHL with the Des Moines Buccaneers and then with the Helena Bighorns of the NAHL where he was the goalie of the year and team MVP. Coach Dowers also played multiple years for Concordia College D3 from 2004-2006.        

Coach Dowers now resides in Thief River Falls and owns his own graphic design company and is excited for the upcoming season.