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Leigh Mendelson
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Omaha
Graduating Year: 2015
Phone: 402-554-3423
Email: lmendelson@omavs.com
Leigh Mendelson was named assistant coach for the Mavericks in April of 2016 after serving as the team's volunteer goaltending coach during the prior two seasons.

In two years working with UNO’s goaltenders, Mendelson helped Ryan Massa set a school record for goals-against average and save percentage in a season as well as earn All-NCHC Second Team recognition in 2014-15.  Last season, freshman Evan Weninger was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team after leading UNO in wins, goals-against average and save percentage.

Mendelson brings extensive amateur and professional coaching experience to bear for the Mavericks.  As an assistant coach with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL, he was a member of Clark Cup Championship teams in 2001 and 2008 while working for former UNO associate head coach and current Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings.  He held similar positions in the USHL for Green Bay, Sioux City and Waterloo, in the North American Hockey League with Marquette and in the Western Hockey League with Spokane.  He also was the goaltender coach for the U.S. National Team Development Program during the 2002-03 season.

His professional hockey experience is equally vast.  Most recently, he was the head coach and senior director of hockey for HC Eppan in Italy for the 2013-14 season, one of two European stops.  He also was an assistant coach for Pelicans Lahti in the Finnish Elite League during the 2003-04 season.  In North America, he was an assistant coach and later elevated to the role of head coach for the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League and also held the position of assistant coach with Atlantic City and Utah in the ECHL.

Mendelson, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., graduated from UNO with a degree in history in 2015.