Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lancers tab Aikens as assistant

The Omaha Lancers announced the hiring of Mike Aikens as Assistant Coach for the 2010-11 season. Aikens was previously an assistant with the Lancers from 1995-98.

"We're extremely excited to have Mike re-join the Lancers," said Head Coach/GM Bliss Littler. "He's experienced to the USHL and is a long-time veteran of junior hockey. He's got a tremendous eye for talent and brings tons of experience and prior success here to Omaha."

After serving as a student assistant at the University of Denver, Aikens began his coaching career in Omaha where he served as an assistant with the Lancers beginning in 1995. After three seasons, he landed his first head coaching position with the Rochester (MN) Mustangs of the USHL. After one season in Rochester, Aikens remained in the USHL serving as Assistant Coach for both the Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks (1999-2000) and Chicago Steel (2000-01).

Aikens then shifted to the North American Hockey League (NAHL) where he guided the Billings Bulls over the next four seasons to an impressive 150-59-15 overall record and two Borne Cup championships. He spent one season in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) where he served as Head Coach of the Williams Lake Timberwolves during the 2005-06 campaign before spending the last two seasons with the Russell Stover Hockey program.

Mike's Coaching Highlights
-Student assistant at Denver University
-Assistant coach for the Omaha Lancers USHL
-Head Coach of the Rochester Mustangs USHL
-Assistant coach for the Fargo-Moorhead Sharks USHL
-Assistant coach for the Chicago Steel USHL
-Head Coach for the Billings Bulls NAHL
-Head Coach for the Williams Lake Timberwolves BCHL
-Assistant Coach for the Topeka Roadrunners NAHL

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