Nebraska-Omaha fills assistant coach void with Castleton’s Todd

Nebraska-Omaha has added Alex Todd, former head coach at Castleton, as the Mavericks’ new assistant coach, replacing Steve Johnson.

Todd, a defenseman in his playing days, will coach the UNO blueliners.

Todd took over at Castleton in 2005-06 and guided the Spartans to a 22-4-1 record in 2010-11, 19-7-2 the following year and 15-10-2 this past season.

“I’ve gotten to know him the last couple of years,” UNO coach Dean Blais said to the Omaha World-Herald. “When guys have left, he’s shown interest and we’ve kept in touch. We’re pretty lucky to get a guy like him.”

Blais also admitted to the paper that he also offered the job to former Ohio State coach Mark Osiecki, whom Blais said agreed to take the job before accepting a position as an assistant coach for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the top affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.