(Sioux City, IA) – The Sioux City Musketeers have hired five key figures to round out their hockey operations staff heading into their 50th Anniversary season.
Colten St. Clair is the new Associate Head Coach of the Musketeers replacing Mark Abalan. St. Clair comes to Sioux City after serving as Omaha’s Associate Head Coach and Assistant GM last season. He also has coaching stops at the University of Maine, and with the Phoenix Knights where he earned WSHL Coach of the Year honors. Colten had a stellar playing career that earned him the role as Captain at every stop. He played 3 years with the Fargo Force and led them to two appearances in the Clark Cup Finals. In addition to his time in the USHL, he helped Team USA to back-to-back gold medals in the World Junior A Challenge in 2010 and 2011. Colten then went on to star at the University of North Dakota for four years and served as team Captain on their 2016 National Championship team.
Michael Berra remains with the Sioux City Musketeers, but in a new role. Berra moves from his role as an Assistant Coach to Director of Player Development. The St. Louis native will now oversee the development of our current roster and will also track the progress of our affiliate players.
Taking over for Berra as the team’s new Assistant Coach is Mike Fanelli. Fanelli comes to Sioux City from the Stanley Cup Champion, Tampa Bay Lightning where he was the team’s Hockey Analytics Assistant. The Tampa native also has coaching stops at the University of South Florida, and Bemidji State University.
Sean Clark is being promoted from Assistant Director of Scouting to Director of Player Personnel. Clark has excelled in finding and evaluating talent for the Musketeers since 2017, but also had scouting success as the Head Scout for the Omaha Lancers and as the
Assistant Scouting for USHL Central Scouting. The Warren, Michigan native will now oversee the development of Musketeers prospects and be heavily involved in scouting for the USHL’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 drafts.
The final addition to the Musketeers staff is Equipment Manager, Damon Wheeler. The Denver native will take over for Bryan Collier who took a job closer to home in the WHL. Wheeler has spent the last 7 years as the Equipment Manager for the University of Alabama Huntsville.