Bob Mancini, with more than 35 years of experience, including since 2009 as a regional manager for USA Hockey’s American Development Model, has been promoted to assistant executive director of hockey development.
“We’re really excited to have Bob leading our hockey development efforts moving forward,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “His diverse experience – from grassroots hockey to the NHL — will be extremely beneficial as we continue to advance and grow our game.”
Mancini has a long history with USA Hockey. In 1996, he helped found USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program serving as the head coach for the U17 team, the assistant coach for the U18 team, and also as the director of player personnel during his four-year stint (1996-2000).
In addition to his USA Hockey experience, Mancini served as the general manager and head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit from 2004-07. He led the Spirit to their first two playoff appearances (2006, 2007) and the team’s most wins and points during the 2006-07 campaign.
Mancini also has experience coaching in the collegiate ranks, having served as the head coach of the Michigan Tech University men’s ice hockey team from 1992-96. While at Michigan Tech, Mancini led the Huskies to three Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five appearances. He also was the head men’s ice hockey coach at Ferris State University from 1990-92 where he led the Bulldogs to their first-ever CCHA Final Four appearance.
“There’s no greater joy for me than seeing the smiling faces of girls and boys on the ice and their parents looking down proudly from the stands,” said Mancini. “To be engaged in helping continue to advance the hockey experience for families all across the country is really exciting. I look forward to working with our volunteers across the country, our staff and also partnering with constituent groups as together we continue to build on the great work that has been done by those who have come before us.”