Watch: NAHL Now sits down with Sedevie, Wildfong
March 23, 2017
It is time for another edition of NAHL Now. NAHL Now is a continuing video series that is new this season that goes inside the NAHL.
We try and tackle some serious topics and also some not so serious topics.
This week, we feature one of the key components that makes the NAHL what it is, the coaches.
During the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, all 24 of the league’s head coaches were in town for annual meetings, as well as, to attend the event.
The two coaches featured this week are Bismarck Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie and Lone Star Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.
“The magnitude of our events has grown so much. It is something special. I still get chills because there is such an opportunity for them. We really work hard to promote our players.” –Layne Sedevie
“The Top Prospects is a big part of NAHL players getting NCAA commitments. We had five guys come to the event last season and all five earned an NCAA Division I commitment. We have to be focused on how our guys are getting better and developing each day.” –Dan Wildfong
Bismarck Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie is in his 7th season behind the bench as head coach. Sedevie, a Bismarck, North Dakota native, joined the Bobcat bench as an assistant coach in 2009-10 after a long playing career that spanned the junior, collegiate and professional ranks. Prior to his days as a Bobcat coach, he spent two years as a goaltender in the USHL with both the Sioux Falls Stampede and Topeka Scarecrows before moving on to a four-year career in net at Bemidji State University, compiling a 29-21-4 record as a Beaver. After graduation, he spent a year in the Central Hockey League, split between the Wichita Thunder and the Youngstown Steelhounds. Sedevie’s overall record as head coach coming into 2016-17 is 230-130-31. The Bobcats currently have seven players who have made NCAA commitments this season.
The 2016-17 season marks the 4th season behind the bench for Dan Wildfong in the NAHL. During the 2016-17 season, the Brahmas have captured the South Division regular season title and set a new team wins record in the process. In addition, the Brahmas currently have seven players who have made NCAA commitments this season. Prior to coaching in the NAHL, Wildfong has been the Head Coach and General Manager for the Texas/Ft. Worth Brahmas, who played in the CHL. During the 2012-13 season, he was named the CHL Coach of the Year as he led the Brahmas to the teams 30+ win season and sixth consecutive postseason appearance since he took over for the 2007-08 campaign. Wildfong has posted a 217-137-36 record in the regular season. He was one of only two coaches in franchise history with a winning record. His 217 wins are the most in franchise history, well above the next highest total. In 2009, Wildfong led the Brahmas to a 12-4 record and a Ray Miron President’s Cup Championship, eliminating the Colorado Eagles in game five of the CHL Finals. He was a four-year lettermen for Colgate University in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). He then went onto a nine-year professional career, which included stops in the United Hockey League (UHL), Central Hockey League (CHL) and Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL).