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Matt Curley named Head Coach of the Des Moines Buccaneers

By Des Moines Buccaneers, 06/16/21, 1:00PM CDT


Matt Curley Named Head Coach of the Des Moines Buccaneers

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The Des Moines Buccaneers announced today that Matt Curley has joined the organization as their 17th Head Coach in franchise history. Curley agreed to a multi-year contract to guide the Four-time Clark Cup winning Buccaneers. He is known as an exceptional leader, communicator and developer of talent.  

“We are extremely excited to bring Matt into the Buccaneer family. His extensive coaching experience and diverse hockey background as well as his communicative skills make him a natural for leading our program. Matt will help our organization and our players achieve their goals and aspirations. We can’t wait to get started” said Senior Advisor & General Manager Scott Owens.

“I want to thank the Des Moines Buccaneers organization, especially Michael Devlin, Nick Cecere and Scott Owens for allotting me this opportunity to lead this program“ stated new Bucs Head Coach Matt Curley. “The Bucs have one of the most rich and cherished histories in the USHL and a fan base that is second to none. The USHL is the best development league in the world, and I can’t wait to work with our players to help them realize their potential as people and players. In so doing, we will bring an excitement and energy to Buccaneer Arena that our fans will be proud to cheer for.  It is an honor to be a part of this team, organization and community.  My family and I look forward to being a part of it all.”

Michael Devlin, Managing Partner, Orchard View Sports & Entertainment said “After our extensive search, it was clear Matt Curley is the right leader for our team. Matt brings passion, alignment, and competitive excellence to the Bucs.  We welcome Matt, Samantha and their family to the Bucs organization and the Greater Des Moines community.”

The 38 year-old, North Country, New York native has a wealth of experience at the NCAA, Junior and International level.  Most recently, he was the Head Coach at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Curley spent three seasons guiding the Seawolves program in the WCHA. In his first season, he led the Seawolves to the WCHA playoffs with 10 Freshman playing an integral role on his team. Unfortunately, this past season, UAA did not play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While rebuilding the Seawolves program, his teams excelled off the ice with 33 student-athletes recognized with WCHA Athlete honors and 45 players earning WCHA All-Academic honors.

Prior to arriving in Anchorage, Curley spent three seasons as a Head Coach of the world-renowned EC Red Bulls Juniors team in Salzburg, Austria. In his final campaign, he led the Red Bulls to the postseason in the Alps Hockey League with an overall record of 23-17.

Before heading to Austria, Curley was an assistant coach at Bentley University from 2013-2015. While with the Falcons, he worked primarily with the teams’ defense and penalty kill unit. In addition, Curley spent the 2012-13 season as the Associate Head Coach with the Indiana Ice of the USHL. He started his coaching career with the United States National Team Development Program in 2010 after playing professionally for two seasons.  Curley has now been affiliated with USA Hockey for over a decade assisting both their National and International teams.

Curley was a four-year letter winner as a defenseman at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. He graduated with degrees in History & Law as well as Business Administration. As an Assistant Captain, Curley helped lead the Golden Knights to the 2007 ECAC title and an NCAA Tournament appearance.  

Matt and his wife, Samantha, have two children, Tess and Jack. The Curley family will relocate to Des Moines over the summer.


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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 Buccaneers have played in the USHL since its inception in 1980, winning four Clark Cups and four Anderson Cups. 

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What They’re Saying about Bucs Head Coach Matt Curley

“After playing three seasons for Scott Owens and knowing him as one of the best recruiters of all time, I have to say he’s done it again! This time bringing a great Coach to the Des Moines Buccaneers. Coach Curley is a natural leader, demanding, honest and passionate. He will get the most out of his players, they will love playing for him and they will develop. Congrats to the Bucs leadership on connecting two great and influential hockey people, I will be tuning in after hearing this news.”

Don Granato

Head Coach, Buffalo Sabres, NHL


“The Des Moines Buccaneers are very fortunate to have Matt Curley as their new Head Coach. Matt has been a big part of USA Hockey programs and will make an excellent addition to an already rich coaching group in the USHL.”

Marc Boxer

USA Hockey, Director, Junior Hockey


“As Head Coach, Matt will be a true asset to the Des Moines Buccaneers organization. He leads with integrity and will set a very high standard that will help the Buccaneer players and team unlock their true potential. In a time where positive role models are needed, Matt shines through, leading by example.”

Ron Rolston

Associate Head Coach, Providence College, Hockey East


“Matt’s worn many different hats in his coaching career; he knows what it takes to succeed. His attention to detail is second to none and his teams will never get outworked. This is an exciting hire for the Buccaneers”


Tom Serratore

Head Coach, Bemidji State, WCHA