The Des Moines Buccaneers Promote Peter Mannino to Head
Coach & General Manager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DES MOINES, IA – The Des Moines Buccaneers are proud to announce that Head Coach Peter Mannino has been promoted to the role of Head Coach & General Manager.
Mannino’s first season as the Buccaneers Head Coach was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he looks to build upon a strong foundation as he enters his second season in 2020-21. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Des Moines Buccaneers organization. I would like to thank the Buccaneers ownership group for this opportunity to lead a historic franchise and be part of an outstanding community,” said Head Coach & GM Mannino.
Mannino will continue to leverage his USHL Champion pedigree with Des Moines. Prior to joining the Buccaneers organization in 2019, he served as Assistant Coach of the Chicago Steel from 2015 to 2017. In 2017, the Steel captured their first ever Clark Cup Championship
with Mannino behind the bench, and posted the top penalty kill percentage in the league, for which Mannino was responsible. From there he spent two seasons in Division I College Hockey; first as an Assistant Coach for the University of Nebraska-Omaha, then as Associate Head Coach of Miami University for the 2018-19 season.
“We are excited to have Peter Mannino officially take the reigns as our next General Manager of our team. Peter has a great feel for the USHL, and we are confident he has a great understanding of what key pieces are needed to get the Buccaneers back to championship caliber hockey,” shared President of the Des Moines Buccaneers, Nate Teut.
Peter’s playing career included four years as a goaltender with the University of Denver, which
included a National Championship in 2005 with Mannino winning Frozen Four MVP, posting a
.966 save percentage in the tournament. After college, Mannino signed his first NHL Contract with the New York Islanders, making appearances with the Islanders, the Atlanta Thrashers and the Winnipeg Jets over a seven-year professional hockey career. Peter’s USHL experience also extends to time as a player, as he posted a USHL Regular Season Best goals allowed average of
2.11 on way to a Clark Cup Finals appearance with the Tri-City Storm in 2004.
Additionally, Assistant Coach John Lidgett will add the role of Director of Scouting and Director
of Hockey Operations Sam Mayasich will add the role of Assistant to the General Manager. “Their tireless work and commitment to the organization is second to none. We look forward to working together putting a winning product on the ice for the 2020-2021 season,” said Head Coach & GM Peter Mannino.
“Preparations are underway to begin the ’20 - ’21 season of the USHL and I thought it was important to update titles, roles and responsibilities for Peter, John and Sam so that they accurately reflect the way we have been operating the past couple of months and that our incoming players know the organization’s structure is in place,” said Michael Devlin, Managing Partner of Orchard View Sports & Entertainment, owners of the Buccaneers.
The Des Moines Buccaneers are a member of the United States Hockey League, the only Tier 1 Junior Hockey League in the United States. The Bucs have played in the USHL since 1980, winning four Clark Cups as playoff champions and four Anderson Cups as the
team with the best regular season record.