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Joey Recktenwald
Head Coach & GM

Originally hailing from Northeast Ohio, Joey has spent most of his life in and around ice rinks. He grew up playing youth hockey in Athens, OH followed by seasons with the Cleveland Americans and Gilmour, before playing four seasons of varsity high school hockey with the Kenston Bombers. Following graduation, Joey moved east to play junior hockey with the Elmira Jr. Jackals of the Empire Hockey League. He returned to Ohio where he spent his final junior season with the Columbus Jr. B Blue Jackets of the Central States Hockey League. After semi-pro stints with Findlay Freedom of the NEHL and the Wooster Warriors of the MAHL, Joey accepted the Varsity Head Coach position with the Northeast Storm of the OSHL. Following his stint with the Storm, Joey spent 7 years as an assistant coach of the Hilliard Wildcats of the OSHL.

Away from the Mavericks, Joey operates Woodys Wing House and resides in Dublin, OH with his wife, Katey and son, JT.

Joey Recktenwald
Jaime Antelo
Assistant GM

Jaime Antelo has been with the Mavericks for three seasons as Head Scout but is looking forward to taking on an active roll on the bench this season as Assistant Coach/Assistant GM.

Having most recently coached St. Xavier High School within OHSAA, Jaime started his coaching career in 2013 and has never had a losing season. During his five years as head coach, he led his team to five consecutive state final games, winning state titles twice. He was also voted KHSHL Coach of the Year twice. While coaching the high school teams, he moved numerous players on to ACHA DI and DII, USPHL, and NA3HL.

Jaime grew up playing for the Little Rangers in NY and the AAA Cincinnati Stingers. Jaime currently resides in Independence, KY with his wife Carrie, and together they have five children and two grandsons.

Jaime Antelo
Deric Richison
Assistant Coach

Deric Richison enters his first season as an Assistant Coach with the Columbus Mavericks.

Richison, who is a Pickerington, OH native, was a member of the Mavericks' inaugural season squad and captained the team during his second season. Prior to playing with the Mavericks, Richison spent a season in the NA3HL with the Evansville Thunderbolts.

Prior to joining the Mavericks coaching staff, Deric spent one season behind the bench for the PHA Prowlers.

Deric Richison
Bailey Seagraves
Goalie Coach

Bailey Seagraves will be working with the Mavericks netminders this season as goalie coach.

Seagraves, a USPHL Alumni himself, is a native of Hilliard, OH. In addition to coaching the Mavericks, he is currently the emergency backup goalie for the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. Seagraves grew up playing in the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets organization, before moving on to play for the New Jersey Hitmen and Springfield Pics of the USPHL Premier league and then the Kenai River Brown Bears of the NAHL.

Bailey Seagraves
Alex White
Head Strength & Performance Coach

As Coach Alex White enters his first year working with the Columbus Mavericks, he is currently the CEO and Head Performance and Mental Performance Coach at Peak Human Performance in Plain City, Ohio.

White, who was born and raised in Columbus, OH played college football at Wittenberg University during undergrad and continued his athletic career overseas playing lacrosse for the State of Queensland Australia in the ALL as well as semi-professional basketball for the Gold Coast Rage in the early 2000’s.

Coach Alex's passion for working with athletes at all levels has led him to having coached over 1,000+ high school athletes, sent 75+ athletes to play at various universities across the country and regularly works or consults with a roster of professional strength coaches and athletes in the NHL, MLB & NFL. His personal experiences span 15 years across multiple disciplines and he enjoys helping athletes improve their bodies and their minds.

Away from his time working with athletes Coach White is a motivational speaker working with both teams and organizations as well as corporations. He currently resides in Columbus with his wife Amy and their two beautiful daughters.

Alex White
Rob Smaldino
Strength & Performance Coach

Rob Smaldino is currently in his 1st season as the Strength and Conditioning coach for the Columbus Mavericks.

Smaldino did most of his growing up in Cleveland, OH where he participated in various sports like basketball, baseball, and track in high school. He attended college at The Ohio State University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. In his time at OSU, he interned in the Strength and Conditioning department, primarily with the football team. Upon graduation, he was admitted to University of Dayton to receive his Master’s in Exercise Science and Physiology. Much like his time at OSU, he interned in the Strength and Conditioning department at UD, primarily working with men and women’s basketball, track, and football.

A few months after graduation, Smaldino earned his CSCS and started looking for work as a Strength and Conditioning coach, where he found Peak Human Performance. He is entering his 4th year at Peak in November and has recently earned the title of Athlete Program Director. Smaldino has a mindset that every athlete has something great within them and has made it his job to help them find whatever it is.

When Smaldino is not coaching, he resides in Dublin, OH with his girlfriend, Kendra and their dog, Scarlet.

Rob Smaldino
John Snyder, D.P.T.
Team Physical Therapist

John Snyder, DPT is entering his third season as the Team Physical Therapist.

Snyder, who grew up playing hockey in Central Ohio, is a native of Powell, OH. Snyder received his bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Youngstown State University, before moving on to complete his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Snyder is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist as well as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with a passion for hockey, including having published several articles and speaking nationally and internationally on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of hockey-specific injuries. Snyder is currently the Clinic Manager at Active Physical Therapy in Hilliard, Ohio where he specializes in the treatment of sports injuries.

Snyder played ACHA Division 1 hockey for Youngstown State University. Prior to his collegiate career, he played junior hockey in the Central States Hockey League for the Cincinnati Cyclones and for the Ohio Jr Blue Jackets AAA program.

Away from the rink, Snyder resides in Columbus, OH with his wife, Lauren, and son, Owen.

John Snyder, D.P.T.

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