Mike Hastings, a fixture in Omaha hockey for most of the past two decades, accepted the head coaching job at Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday.
Hastings, the associate head coach at the University of Nebraska at Omaha the past three seasons, becomes the third head coach in Minnesota State history. He takes over a program that went 12-24-2 last season, including an 11th-place finish in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association at 8-18-2.
MSU, like UNO known as the Mavericks, lost seven seniors from that team, but its top four scorers are slated to return.
“I am extremely excited to have been selected as head coach of the Minnesota State men’s hockey program,” Hastings said. “During this process I’ve been struck by the university’s commitment and expectations for excellence, and those will be our tenets moving forward. I believe we can win here and we’re thrilled to get started with this new era of Maverick hockey.”