Head Scout









Brian Sears

Brian returns for his third year as the Americans head scout. Brian has over 30 years of experience in hockey ranging from youth to juniors. Along with working for the Americans, Brian is a Building and Grounds Administrator, and Municipal Judge for the village of Webster. He currently resides in Webster, Wisconsin.

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Minnesota Scout










Jeff Weber

Jeff returns for his third year as the Americans Minnesota scout. Jeff is from Eau Claire,  Wisconsin and attended Eau Claire North High School.  Jeff attended St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Currently, he is the Assistant Hockey Coach for th Shakopee High School in Shakopee, Minnesota and he resides in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

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Wisconsin Scout








John Van Cleave

John Van Cleave returns for this third year as a Scout for the Americans. John has over 35 years of hockey experience and he played NCAA Division III hockey from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and has spent many years as a coach at the High School level. John is from Aurora, Minnesota, but currently resides in West Salem, Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Scout


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Emily Bauer

Emily Bauer is in her first year as a scout for the Great Falls Americans (2021-22 season). She is from Wausau, Wisconsin and currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Emily played four years of NCAA DIII hockey for UW-Eau Claire (UWEC). She is currently working  in the  Sports Information Department for both UWEC men’s and women’s programs and is also a public relations intern for the Chippewa Steel of the NAHL. 

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Southwest Minnesota Scout









Matt Penner

Matt joins the Americans for his first season as a Scout. Matt is from Morehead, Minnesota and is currently a teacher and an Assistant Hockey Coach for Hutchison High School in southern Minnesota.

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Midwest Scout










Matt Fisher

Matt is in his third season as the Americans Midwest Scout. He has over10 years of experience as a Scout. Matt grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and currently resides in Hartford, Wisconsin with his wife and two children.

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