FREMONT, Neb. — Jason Cirone has been named the first men’s and women’s ice hockey coach at Midland University.
Cirone has a decade of coaching experience, and is a former Olympic and NHL athlete.
“Jason has honed his craft on Olympic ice and throughout the professional ranks,” Midland President Ben Sasse said. “A leader with the kind of experience Jason brings will be noticed by athletes throughout the region and enable us to quickly compete at a high level.”
As associate coach and director of player personnel, Cirone helped lead the Motor City Metal Jackets to the franchise’s first ever North American Hockey League playoff appearance. Most recently, he led the North American 3 Hockey League’s Metro Jets to their first playoff appearance in six years.
Cirone spent several years with the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers. He was a part of the Italian National Team in the 2006 Olympic Games and competed in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships four times.
The hockey teams are set to begin play in the fall of 2014, and Midland plans to seek membership in the Mid-American College Hockey Association. The Warriors will practice and play at Sidner Ice Arena.