Mendelson Returns for Third Stint in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. - The Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) are pleased to announce they have added Leigh Mendelson to serve as the team's Associate Head Coach for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. Mendelson returns to Omaha for the third time in his coaching career after serving as the team's Assistant Coach during Clark Cup championship runs in both 2001 and 2008.
"We're extremely happy to have Leigh back as a member of the Omaha Lancers," Head Coach/GM Mike Aikens said. "His experience as a coach at this level is invaluable and he will provide a tenacious work ethic both on the ice to improve our current players and off the ice to help find the next crop of Lancers."
Most recently, the Caldwell, New Jersey native served as the Assistant Coach of the Utah Grizzlies of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) where he helped guide the team to a 33-33-6 regular season mark and the club's sixth postseason berth in the last seven years. All tolled, Mendelson has helped guide teams to the postseason in 13 of his 16 seasons behind the bench.
Next year will mark the eighth season of USHL coaching experience for Mendelson who began his coaching career with the Waterloo Blacks Hawks in 1995. After a one-year stint in Waterloo, Mendelson then spent three seasons as an Assistant for the Sioux City Musketeers from 1997-2000. His other USHL coaching stops include: Omaha (2000-2001), Green Bay Gamblers (2005-2006) and Omaha (2007-2008).
The Lancers continue their preparations for the 2012-2013 season with the USHL Entry Draft next Tuesday, May 22. Omaha will then host its Tryout Camp at Moylan-Tranquility IcePlex beginning Friday, June 8 and concluding Sunday, June 10. For more information, visit www.lancers.com.