MICDS Athletic Director Josh Smith has announced that John Mattingly is returning as Head Varsity Ice Hockey Coach. Mattingly previously coached the Rams from 2004-2010, during which time his teams compiled an 85-48-12 record, claimed the 2009 Wickenheiser Cup Championship, and reached the 2010 Wickenheiser Cup semifinals.
Mattingly’s coaching experience is extensive, and includes tenures at Chaminade College Prep and De Smet Jesuit High School. His overall high school coaching record is 222-105-29. In addition, Mattingly has coached countless AAA, ACHA Division I, II, III, Junior A, NCAA Division I, NCAA Division III and professional players.
After a brief hiatus from coaching to focus on his work as president of Mattingly Lumber and Millwork, Inc., Coach Mattingly is ready to return to the ice. “After 20 years of coaching, I knew I needed to step back and re-energize. Two years away from the rink was enough, the timing was perfect,” he said. “My greatest coaching memories were at MICDS, and I am absolutely confident we will develop a very young team to equally great levels of success.”
Coach Mattingly holds a J.D. from the University of Tulsa School of Law and an MBA from Washington University’s Olin School of Business and is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and Missouri. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton, where he played hockey, was team captain his senior year, and also the recipient of the University’s Walter Deanna Leadership Award.
He and his wife, Vanessa, are the parents of Jack (14), Olivia (11) and Blake (5).
“We are very fortunate to get this second opportunity with John. He knows our students and he knows our school,” Josh Smith said of the appointment. “John has a wealth of hockey knowledge, and he has shown he knows what it takes to run a successful high school program. He has a strong presence within the St. Louis Hockey scene, and as a school MICDS is lucky to welcome him back.”