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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.

 

 

Sean Walsh - Assistant Coach

A native of Maine, Sean comes from a family that lives and breathes hockey. His father, Shawn, was the Head Coach at the University of Maine, his brother Travis played at Michigan State University, and his other brother Tyler currently coaches at Colby College.

Sean’s playing career was spent in Maine High school hockey, but he realized at a young age that behind the bench is where he belonged. Before attending the University of Maine, Walsh approached the coaching staff and asked if they would take him on and teach him how to coach. Sean was able to learn from the late Red Gendron, Ben Guite, and Alfie Michaud at Maine and did everything he could to learn the in’s and out’s of the game. From filming practice every day to running all of the video and analytics for the team, that role grew into Sean being on the ice for team practices and being a skills coach for all of Maine’s skill sessions. Walsh was in charge of the hockey school at Maine this past season as camp director and Lead Coach. He is a regular coach at Graeme Townshend’s hockey school in the summers and he also coached this year at the Team USA 17’s Select Camp. 

Tate Maris - Goalie Coach

Maris is returning for his second season behind the Lancer bench. In his first season, he helped guide the Lancers to a 2nd place finish in the USHL’s Western Conference.

Prior to moving to Omaha, Maris spent three seasons with the Colorado College Tigers of the NCHC, serving primarily as the team’s Goaltending Coach. During his tenure at CC, Maris also worked with Colorado based skill development company, Mountain High Hockey. He spent four years helping mentor and coach goaltenders of all ages and skill level.

Prior to coaching, Maris spent four years (2009-2013) with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (WCHA). During that time, the Sioux would go on to capture three Broadmoor Trophy’s, a MacNaughton Cup - as the WCHA regular season champion, and make one appearance in the Frozen Four. Maris was also named to the Dean’s List and WCHA All-Academic team all four years. He graduated with a degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Maris spent parts of the next three seasons playing in the Central Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League before retiring in 2017.

Nick Hart - HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER

Hart, a Lincoln, NE native,  is entering his 3rd 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.

Ricky Cole - Equipment Manager

Ricky joined the Lancers in June of 2021.

He was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He entered into the U.S. Army after graduating high school, to be a Military Police Officer. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2013 after 18 years of service and now resides in Bennington, NE. Ricky and his wife Crystal have 8 children, Shea, Jordan, Justin, Jonathan, Leslie, Peyton, Elijah, and Aniyah. Ricky and Crystal are also in their first year as a billet family.