The Minnesota Moose have announced coaching changes for the 2018-19 season, their second year of play in the United States Premier Hockey League.
By Minnesota Moose Staff, 08/14/18, 3:30PM EDT
Blake Mendenhall will become the team’s second head coach. Mendenhall will add Joe Dibble and Lincoln Nguyen serving as assistant coaches. The new staff bring a wealth of knowledge and experience unrivaled in the USPHL.
“I am extremely honored and fortunate to be considered as the next head coach of the Minnesota Moose. First and foremost, I’d like to thank Jon Jonasson for the time I spent learning from him over the past couple of seasons. Secondly, I’d like to thank the Moose ownership for the opportunity to guide this program,” stated newly hired head coach Blake Mendenhall.
Mendenhall served as the Moose’s assistant coach in their inaugural season. Through Mendenhall, he helped guide the Moose to an incredible record of 43-5-2. The Moose advanced 12 players to either collegiate or Tier 2 programs for the 2018-2019 season.
Before his time with the Moose, Mendenhall coached in the NA3HL and played in the NAHL and WSHL.
“To have coaches Dibble and Nguyen part of our staff is a tremendous lift for our program. Both have elite resumes with coaching experience at the Division I, Division III and NAHL levels. Very excited for us three to put our experiences together to guide our Moose family. I know our philosophy is development and advancement, which we will do everything in power to work as hard as we can for our athletes that are part of our family,” stated Mendenhall.
Dibble’s most recent experience was at the NCAA level, where he was an assistant coach at Augsburg University.
Previously, he coached eight seasons in the NAHL, advancing 82 players to the college ranks and 22 directly up to the United States Hockey League. He also heard two of his players’ names called in the NHL Draft.
Nguyen brings coaching experience from both the NAHL and the NCAA Division I and III levels to the Moose. Most recently, Nguyen was an assistant coach with Division I with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks of the WCHA.
Prior to UAF, Nguyen was the head coach of Marian University, an NCAA Division 3 team in the NCHA.
Nguyen got his coaching start with the Western States Hockey League’s El Paso Rhinos, and worked his way up to a job with the NAHL’s Coulee Region Chill.