NICK BRUNETEAU – Head Coach
Cell Phone: 402-415-8668
After a successful first season at the helm of the Mason City Toros program, Nick Bruneteau returns for his second season behind the bench in 2022-23.
The Omaha, Nebraska native came to the program in 2021-22 following a six-year professional playing career that included stops in the United States as well as Norway, Germany and Italy. After playing for the Reading Royals and Indy Fuel in the ECHL, he finished his pro career with five seasons in Europe, winning a Norwegian championship with the Stavanger Oilers in 2016. Bruneteau spent two years in the Alps Hockey League with Italy’s SG Cortina club and had signed to rejoin the ECHL as a player for the Kalamazoo Wings in 2020-21, but ongoing concerns over COVID-19 forced the team to go dark for the season.
He played four seasons of hockey at the famed Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school in Faribault, Minnesota, serving as the Sabres’ captain as a senior. Bruneteau went directly to the University of Vermont, notching 58 points for the Catamounts in a four-year collegiate career.
The Bruneteau family name is well-known in American hockey circles, with two older brothers who also played NCAA Division I hockey. Brett Bruneteau played at North Dakota and Vermont, while Matt Bruneteau played two seasons of pro hockey in France and spent the last three years as an assistant coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. The family’s hockey lineage goes all the way back to grandfather Ed and great-uncle Mud, who combined to make nearly 600 NHL appearances and win three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1930s and ‘40s.
MARQUISE COTTEN – Assistant Coach
Cell Phone: 202-595-4097
Washington, D.C. native Marquise Cotten is excited to return to the Mason City Toros for his second season as the team’s assistant coach.
As a youth, Cotten played under hockey pioneer and U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Neal Henderson as a member of the Fort Dupont club program, before attending Gonzaga College High School and spending a season at the Bridgton Academy in Maine. He would go on to play collegiate hockey at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and Rowan University in New Jersey, and played a season of junior hockey with the Washington Jr. Nationals in the former Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.
After finishing his playing career, Cotten returned to the nation’s capital, serving five seasons as a coach with the Gonzaga College High School hockey program as an assistant varsity coach and junior-varsity head coach and assisting with the Washington Little Capitals AAA program.