Published Monday, May 20, 2013 AT 3:15 PM / Updated at 5:35 PM
UNO hockey assistant Steve Johnson is leaving
Rob White Omaha World-Herald

University of Nebraska at Omaha hockey coach Dean Blais announced Monday that assistant coach Steve Johnson will not be returning for the 2013-14 season.

“Steve had decided to go in another direction with his career, and we wish him the best of luck,” Blais said. “He was a valuable member of our staff and did a great job working with our players. We’ll begin looking for another high-quality coach to fill that position immediately.”

Johnson served as an assistant for the Mavericks for only one season. He came to UNO after two seasons as an assistant for rival St. Cloud State. He had spent 10 years as the head coach of the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, leading the team to two Clark Cup titles.

“I really enjoyed working with the great group of student-athletes we had,” Johnson said. “It also was fun to work with the excellent coaching staff at UNO.

“I will look forward to following the team. I think they’ve got a chance to do some great things next year.”

The Mavericks’ 2013-14 season marks their first in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, of which they are a charter member. The season begins in October.

About Rob White

Rob White is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers UNO and the Omaha Storm Chasers. You can follow Rob on Twitter (@RWhiteOWH) or email him at rob.white@owh.com.