Coaching Staff

Head Coach and Director of Player Development

Swedish professional Joakim Falt:

Joakim Falt’s career has spanned over 30 years in all areas of hockey. After playing in his native Sweden for nine years, Joakim coached in the Norwegian Elite League with Viking Hockey. After successfully coaching with the Viking organization, he was offered another coaching position in the Norwegian D1 League with Stavanger Hockey. 
Joakim brought his invaluable experience as a player and a coach to the United States in the early 1990s. Building on that experience, he has successfully coached Junior Hockey bringing distinction and championships to teams in leagues including NORPAC, AWHL, and the WSHL.
USA Hockey has honored Coach Falt by extending invitations to evaluate players at district camps utilizing his unique qualities as a professional skating and skills coach for over 15 years. Joakim is invited to hockey camps across the United States to serve on the bench as a guest coach because of his experience and his ability to deliver effective development and establish immediate rapport with players.
Coach Falt believes continual development is crucial to developing skills that players need at any level of hockey.  Joakim’s focus with Junior Hockey is to define and develop the core skills needed to compete at the highest level while modeling and instilling values of the highest character in the young men who play for him. His goal is to watch every player walk away from each practice having acquired a new skill and having the patience to continue developing skills precept upon precept in games and life.
Coach Falt believes in excellence on and off the ice. When he is off the ice, he enjoys spending time with family. He has two children, Brittany and Joakim Jr. 
Joakim has high expectations for the upcoming season for developing a team of outstanding young men who value development and excellence in hockey to bring continued pride to the Midwest Blackbirds organization.

Assistant Coach 

Dan Haas 

Dan has been with the Blackbirds program for many seasons as a youth Head Coach. This year he plans to share his experience and knowledge as the Jr.’s assistant coach. When we asked why he chose to join the Blackbirds organization he explained that… “Hockey is what I love and it’s what I know best.” Dan Haas matches the drive, dedication, and passion of our organization, and hopes to establish lifelong relationships with the Blackbird family.
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