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Johnson Steps Down at UNO

CHN Staff Report

OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska-Omaha head coach Dean Blais announced today 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,” said Blais.  “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. Johnson's time with UNO marked a return to Nebraska for the Grand Forks, N.D. native. He 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,” said Johnson. “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.

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