skip navigation

Hockey Operations Staff

CHADD CASSIDY - HEAD COACH & GENERAL MANAGER

Cassidy arrives in Omaha after spending the past 5 years at Northwood School in Lake Placid, NY to a 211-56-19 record, where he also won a New York State championship and a bronze medal at the national tournament.

Prior to Northwood, Cassidy was the head coach of the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League (AHL) for three years and an assistant for one year. Cassidy led the Americans to the AHL playoffs three times during his tenure.

Before his role in the AHL, Cassidy served as an assistant coach for the United States National Development Team Program for five years, during which time the team won 2 gold medals and a silver medal. He also was the Head Coach of the National Sports Academy in New York for four seasons. 

A native of Lake Placid, NY, and the youngest ever inductee to the New York State Coaches Hall of Fame.

Cassidy will relocate to Omaha with his wife Tara, son Sheldon and daughter Ireland.

 

 

COLTEN ST. CLAIR - ASSISTANT COACH

Colten St. Clair is entering his 3rd season behind the Lancers bench. 

St. Clair joins the Lancers with USHL, International, and NCAA experience. The Gilbert, AZ native played for the Fargo Force for three seasons. During his time in Fargo, the Force appeared in two Clark Cup finals. St. Clair also served as a captain during his final year with the team. In addition to his time in the USHL, St. Clair was selected to wear the “C” for Team USA in the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. In 2010, St. Clair was a member of the gold medal-winning Team USA squad at the World Junior A Challenge. In his final year of junior hockey, St. Clair served as the Captain for Team USA at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, helping lead the United States to their second consecutive gold medal.

Following his time in the USHL, St. Clair played his college career at the University of North Dakota and served as a captain on the 2016 National Championship team. He was a four-year letter winner and appeared in three Frozen Fours during those four years with UND.

After graduating from North Dakota in 2016, St. Clair shifted his focus to view the game from a different angle, coaching. He served as an assistant coach and skills instructor with the Phoenix Knights Junior A program for the 2016-17 season before taking over as the Head Coach and General Manager for the 2017-18 season. With St. Clair at the helm for the Knights, the team went from just five wins in 2016-17 to 28 wins in St. Clair’s first year, earning the 25-year-old the Coach of the Year honor for the Western States Hockey League, the youngest coach to win that honor in the history of the league. 

Following that season in Arizona, St. Clair accepted a position as the Volunteer Assistant Coach on the University of Maine men’s hockey staff for the 2018-19 season. 

Nick Hart - HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER

Hart, a Lincoln, NE native,  is entering his 2nd season with the Lancers.  Prior to the Omaha Lancers Hart spent the 3 seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL. He spent two years prior in upstate New York as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Elmira College (NCAA Division III). Prior to his time at Elmira College, Hart served as an Athletic Training Student Intern with the Omaha Lancers. 

Hart earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and recently graduated with a master's of science degree in education from Elmira College.

Joe Pionk - Equipment Manager

Joe is in his 3rd season in the USHL with the Lancers. Last year, Joe served as the Assistant Equipment Manager for the team. 

A Hermantown Minnesota native, Joe was previously at Hermantown High School (MSHSL) he worked as a student equipment manager for 2 years. With previous family ties to the team, Joe’s father Scott served as the Assistant Coach to the Lancers from 1992-1998. 

Joe comes from a family of five boys. He now resides in Omaha. 

Tate Maris - Goalie Coach

Tate Maris is entering his 2nd season behind the Lancer’s bench.

Maris joins the Lancers after serving 3 seasons as the Goaltending Coach with the Colorado College Tigers of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

The Colorado native played three high-school seasons, winning Rookie of the Year and All-Colorado honors in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. Maris would go on to play junior hockey for the Bozeman Ice Dogs before joining the University of North Dakota, in 2008. During his college career, the Sioux would go on to appear in one Frozen Four and win three Broadmoor Trophies and a McNaughton Cup. Maris was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team in each of his four years at UND. Upon graduating with a degree in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration, Maris returned to Colorado to play professionally in the CHL and ECHL, before retiring in 2016.

Maris has been coaching goaltenders for over 15 years. He was a main instructor at JPL Goaltending and the REA Hockey Academy before joining Mountain High Hockey in Denver, Colorado.