Coaching Staff

Wilson Housley - Head Coach & Director of Player Personnel

 Coach Wilson Housley will be entering his second season as the head coach of the Thief River Norskies’ of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

Prior to coaching in Thief River Falls coach Housley played for SIJHL League Champion Wisconsin Wilderness and then went on to play at Arizona State.

Following his playing career he trained elite players aged 13 to 21 for six years at the Lumberyard Training Facility in Stillwater, MN.

His father is NHL Hall of Fame player Phil Housley.

David Defever - Assistant Coach

A native of Brighton, MI, David Defever is in his second season as the assistant coach of the Thief River Falls Norskies of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

Prior to joining the coaching staff in Thief River Falls, Defever served as the Director of Hockey Operations at Adrian College with the NCAA DIII Women’s Hockey Program for the 2015-2016 season. The Bulldogs finished the season 25-3-1 and went on to capture the Slaats Cup that year. After leaving Adrian, Defever joined the coaching staff as an assistant with the Tri City Icehawks in the USPHL Premier League for the 2017-2018 season.

Before becoming a coach, Defever worked in the advertisement industry for three years editing national brand campaign spots for television. Defever is a 2014 graduate of Michigan State University. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, specializing in television broadcast.

Defever is married to his wife Hannah and has a dog named Gus.

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.