Tim Mattila was born in San Bernardino, California in 1958. He moved to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin in 1969 where he was introduced to ice hockey. Tim was on the very first Varsity high school hockey team in Sun Prairie in 1974. He was a multi-sport Varsity athlete, also playing quarterback on the football team and catcher on the baseball team. In college, he played 2 years of baseball and 2 years of hockey at UW-Eau Claire while completing a comprehensive major in marketing.
Tim married his high school sweetheart, Tammy, in 1981 and moved to Rockford, Illinois to pursue his career in dental sales. Here, he continued playing hockey at the semi-professional level for the Janesville (Rock River) Jets during the 1981-1982 season. Tim and Tammy have three children: Tina, who will graduate with her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in May 2016, Troy, who graduated from and played hockey at Dartmouth College, lives in New York City and teaches in the Bronx, and Tessa, who graduated from Illinois State University and is living and working in Chicago, IL.
In 1991, Tim became the Head Coach of the Rockford High School hockey team. The name of the combined team in Rockford was changed to the Icemen in 1995. Since then, the Icemen have won 16 Combined Division High School State Championships, 15 consecutively. The Icemen have also won 8 Northwest Metro Championships and 2 MIT Championships.
In addition to coaching the Icemen, he has also coached at the head or assistant level for the Illinois Showcase team seven times. Tim has been the Metro Northwest All-Star team coach 13 times, is a 2-time All-State coach, a Master Level USA Hockey coach, and has coached at numerous National and Central District player development camps. He also earned the honors of Blackhawk Alumni Coach of the Year in 2007 and AHAI Illinois High School Coach of the year in 2010.
Tim currently holds the position of Coaching Coordinator for the Rockford Park District. For 20 years, Tim has run camps for his personal business, Northern Illinois Hockey School. He has coached for the Rockford Hockey Club at the Mite, Squirt, Pee-Wee, and Bantam levels and has worked with the Rockford Park District Junior Hog Hockey Program for several years. Tim also had the opportunity to coach Madison and Minnesota AAA youth teams and coached at Culver Military Academy Summer Hockey Camps for many years. Beyond coaching, Tim has enjoyed providing color commentary for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League for 10 years.Tim’s overall coaching record to date is 963 wins – 380 losses – 107 ties with 16 State Championships and 1 Midget National Final Four title.
Tim’s passion for coaching stems not only from his love for and knowledge of the game of hockey, but his desire to challenge players to learn about discipline, teamwork, failure, success, commitment, and fun that extend far beyond the boards of the rink.