Omaha elevates Mendelson from volunteer goalie coach to full-time assistant

Nebraska-Omaha announced Wednesday that Leigh Mendelson has been hired as an assistant coach for the upcoming season.

“Leigh has been with us for the past two seasons as a volunteer goaltending coach and he earned the opportunity to join the staff full time,” said Omaha head coach Dean Blais in a statement. “He’s got experience coaching and recruiting at almost every level of hockey, and he has worked alongside me on the bench as well. He’s a great asset for our program.”

“Leigh’s experience makes him a very good fit for our staff, particularly his knowledge of the United States Hockey League where we recruit very heavily,” added Mike Kemp, associate athletic director. “He also brings continuity, having been a volunteer for the last two seasons. He’s familiar with Dean and our players, and he is well versed in Maverick hockey.”

In two years working with UNO’s goaltenders, Mendelson helped Ryan Massa set a school record for GAA 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, GAA and save percentage.