DARRYL NOREN - HEAD COACH & GENERAL MANAGER
Darryl Noren will lead the Mavericks in 2019-20, his first season as the Columbus Mavericks’ Head Coach and General Manager.
Noren, who is a member of the 2010 class of the ECHL Hall of Fame, is a native of White Lake, MI. Prior to joining the Mavericks, he coached at several levels of amateur and professional hockey, including stints in the ACHL, and most recently with the Olentangy Liberty High School hockey team.
Noren played professional hockey for 11 seasons in the AHL, ECHL, IHL, and CHL, spending the majority of his career as an offensive powerhouse for the Charlotte Checkers. He ranks third in ECHL history with 685 points, tied for third with 390 assists, eighth with 295 goals and 24th with 549 games. Prior to his professional career, he played Division 1 college hockey with the University of Illinois-Chicago and junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL and Rochester Mustangs of the USHL.
Away from the rink, Noren resides in Marysville, OH with his wife, Christie, and three children.
BRIAN THOMPSON - ASSISTANT COACH
Brian Thompson will coach the Mavericks both on and off the ice during their inaugural season, as Assistant Coach.
Thompson, who is an alumni of the Columbus Junior Hockey programs (Columbus Stars and Columbus Jr. Blue Jackets), is a native of Westerville, OH and grew up playing in the Columbus youth hockey community. Prior to joining the Mavericks, he spent 15 years coaching at the youth and high school levels, including the Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey School, Oklahoma City Hockey Association, and CCYHA Girls and Special Needs programs. His most recent coaching stints were as the Assistant Coach of Hilliard High School and Head Coach of Westerville High School.
Thompson played ACHA Division 1 hockey for the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos, leading the team to their first ever ACHA Final Four appearance. Prior to his collegiate career, he played junior hockey in the Central States Hockey League for the Mavericks’ predecessors, the Columbus Stars and Columbus Jr. Blue Jackets.
Away from the rink, Thompson resides in Downtown Columbus and enjoys spending time with his family and dog, Jack.
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.
ANTHONY PERSINO, M.D. - TEAM PHYSICIAN
Dr. Anthony Persino will be half of the team that keeps the Mavericks healthy during the inaugural 2019-20 season as the Team Physician.
Persino, who is also an alumni of the Columbus Junior Hockey programs (Columbus Jr. Blue Jackets), is a native of Chicago, IL. Persino completed his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and Northern Illinois University before completing his Master’s Degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, IL. Following his Master’s Degree, he completed medical school at Rosalind Franklin and his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Persino recently moved back to Columbus to take a position with a private practice in town.
Persino played junior hockey for the Mavericks’ predecessors, the Columbus Jr. Blue Jackets of the Central States Hockey League before shifting his focus to a career in medicine.
Away from the rink, Persino resides in Dublin, OH with his wife, Ashley and daughter, Aubrey.
JOHN SNYDER, D.P.T. - TEAM PHYSICAL THERAPIST
John Snyder, DPT will be the second half of the team that keeps the Mavericks healthy during the inaugural 2019-20 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.
J.T. SEITZ - EQUIPMENT MANAGER
J.T. Seitz will keep the Mavericks playing their best this year in his first season as the Mavericks' Equipment Manager.
Seitz is a native of Upper Arlington, OH who attended Wellington High School. J.T. grew up playing hockey in the CCYHA program and played high school hockey with the Hilliard Hockey Club, where he served as the Team Captain during his Senior Season.
Away from the rink, J.T. is currently studying at Columbus State.