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Crystal Lake South Hockey Coaches Rich Perillo, Wayne Bower, Geoff Price

Varsity Head Coach

Coach Nick Madonia

Coach Nick Madonia

Nick Madonia

USA Hockey Certified Coach: Level 4
3rd Year Coaching for CLS Gators Hockey Club

(773) 354-7869,

Coach Nick’s joined the Gators in the 2018 season. Nick grew up playing for Skokie and the Express, and then after high school played ACHA for Robert Morris University and Northern Illinois University. Prior to coaching with CLS, Nick was a Head Coach for five years at Northern Illinois University (three years DIII, two years DII). When not coaching, Nick works as an IT Consultant and resides in North Aurora with his wife Alaina, and two Pitbulls, Stanley and Bubba.

Junior Varsity Head Coach

Coach Wayne Bower

Coach Wayne Bower

Wayne Bower

USA Hockey Certified Coach: Level 4
13th Year Coaching for CLS Gators Hockey Club

(312) 953-7867,
Wayne Bower has been coaching hockey for the past 15 years. Wayne played his youth hockey in New Jersey before moving to Winfield, IL during middle school. Hockey took a temporary back seat to football as Wayne played on the Wheaton North 1981 State Football Championship team and went on to play college football for Winona State University in Winona, MN.

Hockey became a priority again as he spent several seasons coaching several age levels of house and travel hockey for the Crystal Lake Leafs before leaving youth hockey to take on a position as assistant coach of the Gators.

In his second year as head coach of the Gator JV squad Wayne was named the Chicago Metro Central Coach of the Year. Along with being the JV coach, Wayne also coaches the forwards on the South Varsity team and has done so for the past 12 seasons. In addition to working behind the bench for both the JV and Varsity squads, Wayne serves as the Vice President of the hockey board concentrating on the ice and game schedules for the season.

Wayne also serves on the Rules and Ethics committee for the Illinois High School Hockey League.


Assistant Junior Varsity and Goalie Coach

Coach Jeremy Bower

Jeremy Bower


USA Hockey Certified Coach: Level 2

5th Year Coaching for CLS Gators Hockey Club

(815) 353-8504,

Jeremy Bower played all four years of high school hockey as a gator. After graduation he coached the Gators for one year.  He then attended Illinois State University and played for the inline team as a goalie for a year.  He recently graduated from ISU with a degree in Special Education.  

Jeremy coaches Goalies for both teams and is the Assistant Coach for the Junior Varsity Team.