UNO’s Hastings accepts Mankato head coach job

Combined from a UNO press release and a story by the Omaha World Herald …

Minnesota State University Mankato announced earlier today that Nebraska Omaha associate head hockey coach Mike Hastings has been named the new head coach of its men’s program.

Hastings succeeds Troy Jutting who was reassigned within the MSU athletic program following the end of the 2011-12 season.  Hastings will be just the third head coach in Minnesota State history.

Hastings has been the associate head coach at UNO since the 2009-10 season after spending one season as an assistant coach at Minnesota. He had been considered the heir apparent for Dean Blais, who is nearing retirement age.

“We are extremely pleased to introduce Mike Hastings as our new men’s hockey head coach,” said Dr. Richard Davenport, MSU President. “Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his work as an assistant coach and associate head coach within the Division I hockey ranks and comes to us with a history of unprecedented success at the junior hockey level. He has demonstrated a great ability to identify talent and is committed to developing student-athletes on the ice, in the classroom and in the community. We’re excited to begin this new era of (Minnesota State Mankato) Maverick Hockey under his leadership.”

He had a 14-year run as head coach of Omaha of the United States Hockey League. The USHL’s all-time winningest coach, Hastings compiled a 529-210-56 record with the Lancers, never had a losing season and led Omaha to three Clark Cup titles as the USHL’s play-off champions. He was named USHL Coach of the Year three times and as the team’s general manager, earned league GM of the Year honors five times.

“I am extremely excited to have been selected as head coach of the Minnesota State men’s hockey program,” said Hastings. “During this process I’ve been struck by the University’s commitment and expectations for excellence and those will be our tenets moving forward. I believe we can win here and we’re thrilled to get started with this new era of Maverick Hockey.”

Hastings’ contract is for four years at a salary of $225,000 per year with a portion of that funded privately, according to the Omaha World Herald. Buisman also told the newspaper that Hastings will assume his responsibilities on Monday.

A press conference has been scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Monday with a public reception for Hastings to be announced at a later date.

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