DES MOINES, IA - The Des Moines Buccaneers announced the hiring of two assistant coaches on Friday morning. Ben Gordon and Nate DiCasmirro will join Head Coach Gene Reilly behind the bench this season for the Bucs.
Gordon has a wealth of experience in the USHL as both a coach and a player. The International Falls, MN native was the Associate Head Coach of the Chicago Steel last season and won a Clark Cup Championship as an assistant with the Tri-City Storm in 2016.
“I am excited to be a part of the new chapter here in Des Moines and am looking forward to working with this staff,” Gordon said. “I have heard great things about the Des Moines community and I can’t wait to move my family here.”
As a player, Gordon was a Clark Cup Champion with the Lincoln Stars in 2003. His prowess in the USHL led him to the University of Minnesota where he played four seasons, tallying 98 career points and leading his team in goals his senior year. After college, Ben spent six seasons professionally in the AHL, ECHL, DEL (Germany) and the Central Hockey League.
“We are very excited to have Ben on board,” said GM Tom Mannino. “His two USHL Clark Cup Championships, one as a player and the other most recently as an Assistant Coach, provides our players and organization invaluable experience as we strive to develop a winning culture in Des Moines.”
DiCasmirro enters his first season behind the bench fresh off of finishing a 16-year professional career as a player. After six seasons spent in the AHL, the Aitkokan, ONT native went overseas to continue professionally, playing in Italy, Sweden, Austria, England and Slovenia.
“I am thankful to the ownership and hockey operations staff in Des Moines for this opportunity,” DiCasmirro said. “I am excited to com e full circle back to the league where I learned so much and I feel my experience will translate well to the players.”
Prior to pro, DiCasmirro also came through the USHL on his way to a successful college career. He played three seasons with the North Iowa Huskies and was named USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year, USHL Player of the Year, USHL Forward of the Year and a USHL All-Star in 1998. After juniors he attended St. Cloud State University, where he totaled 136 points in four seasons.
“Nate brings so much to the table, not just as a hockey player, but as a consistent leader throughout his career,” Mannino said. “We are thrilled to have him on our coaching staff. It’s an awesome opportunity for our players to draw from Nate’s 16-year professional career which included over 400 games in the AHL. We feel that his energy and commitment for the game are second to none.”
Bucs fans will have their first chance to see the entirely new coaching staff at the helm on Sep. 10 for Des Moines’ first preseason game vs. the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
The Buccaneers open their 2018-19 regular season home schedule on Friday, Oct. 5 against their longtime rivals the Waterloo Black Hawks.