UNO hockey coach Mike Gabinet has filled his first staff by hiring Peter Mannino as an assistant coach, the school announced Thursday.
Mannino comes to Omaha after serving as an assistant coach for two seasons with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League. He helped the Steel this past season earn their first Clark Cup as USHL playoff champions. His duties in Chicago included recruiting, scouting, special teams and coaching the goaltenders, according to a UNO press release.
“We're very excited to have Peter join our staff,” Gabinet said in the release. “We believe his skill set will be immediately transferable to college hockey. He has extensive knowledge of our target recruiting pool and he can assist us in acquiring the kind of top talent needed to be successful in the NCHC.
“In addition, Peter had a great professional career as a goalie, including playing in the NHL, and he will be a great coach and mentor for our goaltenders. He is a great complement to our staff.”
Mannino, a native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, was a goaltender at Denver from 2004-08. He helped the Pioneers win a national title as a freshman and was named the NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Mannino then spent seven years playing professionally, including stints in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets.
In April, Gabinet hired former Mav Dave Noel-Bernier as his first assistant coach. Gabinet, a former assistant, was promoted to head coach in April, replacing Dean Blais, who announced his retirement in March after eight seasons leading the Mavs.