Head Coach & GM
Nate Handrahan will lead the Mavericks into the 2021-22 season, his second as the Columbus Mavericks’ Head Coach and General Manager.
The Niagara Falls, Ontario native brings a wealth of high-level playing and coaching experience to the Mavericks. After spending three seasons as an Assistant Coach at Niagara University, he moved to Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA where he spent two years as the Assistant Coach of the Mens NCAA D1 program, before being promoted to Head Coach of the Women’s Division 1 team. Handrahan spent 5 seasons as the Head Coach of the RMU Women’s team, before moving on to take the Head Coach position of the Women’s Division 1 program at The Ohio State University, where he coached for another 4 seasons. During his time coaching at the NCAA D1 level, he played a part in recruiting and developing multiple professional players, Olympians and All-Americans.
After winning multiple championships with the Niagara Falls Canucks of the GOJHL, Handrahan continued his on-ice success at the NCAA Division 1 level for the Niagara University Purple Eagles, where he was again part of building a championship program which culminated in a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in the 1999-2000 season. Following college, Handrahan played two seasons of professional hockey in the ECHL before returning to his alma mater to begin his coaching career.
Away from the rink, Handrahan resides in Hilliard, OH with his wife, Kim, and three daughters.
Joe Bogard enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Columbus Mavericks.
Bogard, who is a Cincinnati, OH native, spent his youth hockey days playing at the AA and AAA levels in Southwest Ohio. Following high school, Bogard spent 4 years serving in the U.S. military. At the end of his active duty service, Joe enrolled at the Ohio State University and is an alumni of the Buckeyes’ ACHA D2 team.
Prior to joining the Mavericks coaching staff, Joe spent 5 seasons coaching in the Newark Generals youth and high school programs, including coaching under Mavericks Head Coach and GM, Nate Handrahan.
Away from the rink, Bogard resides in Granville, OH with his wife, A’Laura, and two children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.