Q+A: Cleveland Monsters Assistant Coach Toby Petersen


Returning Assistant Coach Toby Petersen brings 14 years of professional playing experience to the Monsters. In his second season in Cleveland he joins new Head Coach John Madden and new Assistant Coach Steve McCarthy on the Monsters bench. ClevelandMonsters.com checked in with him as the staff prepares for their first training camp together. 

ClevelandMonsters.com: As a coaching staff, what are some of your goals for the upcoming season?

Toby Petersen: We want to win while developing our individual talent in the process.  We understand the importance development plays in the long term health of the organization as well as the short term goal that we have as a coaching staff of winning.

What did your summer look like?

Spent lots of time with the family this summer. We split time between Cleveland and Minneapolis.

With Blue Jackets Training Camp underway and Monsters Training Camp starting up, what are some of the expectations this year at camp?

We want to see players continue to make strides in their own development. If all the players have done their part in preparing for the upcoming season, we will be in a great position to succeed as a team.

As a coach, what was winning the Calder Cup like for you?

Awesome, I have won championships before as a player but never as a coach. Being behind the bench gives you a new perspective and winning it while in a suit as opposed to equipment brings a different kind of satisfaction. 

Any games on the 2016-17 Cleveland Monsters schedule that jump out to you?

The home stand in March really stands out to me. 

What do you think of the new Cleveland Monsters name and uniform?

Love them!