Head Coach & General Manager
Orlando returns to the Mustangs in 2021-2022 for his 2nd season. After a competitive first year in the Mountain division, the Mustangs placed first in points going into playoffs with a record of 29-17-2-2 under Orlando's reign. Orlando landed in Ogden after spending the 2019-2020 season with the Austin Bruins of the NAHL where he served as the Assistant Coach. Orlando's offensive prowess helped lead the forward group as well as the power-play units. Orlando takes pride in his team's power play execution which has been at the top of their respective divisions for the past 2 seasons, 2019-2020 Austin Bruins 23.1% and 2020-2021 Ogden Mustangs 22.3%. His ability to break down film and access team strengths and weaknesses has been crucial for all of the programs he's coached to this point.
Before heading to Austin, Orlando previously served as Head Coach of Villanova University (ACHA) from 2017-19. Orlando saw great success with the IceCats in his two-year stint with the program and appearing in the ECHA playoffs in both seasons. In his first season, the Villanova University IceCats went the distance to the ECHA Championship. The Cinderella story fell just short in overtime to Drexel University. His first year eventually paved the way for a record of 33-29-3 combined as Head Coach. Before making his collegiate head coaching debut, he also served as Assistant Coach at Temple University (ACHA) for two seasons.
While he was a player, Orlando's career covered a vast majority of the United States and parts of Canada. He was a member of the New Mexico Renegades of the WSHL in 2011-13, where he was the leading scorer and Captain. He attended and played hockey for SUNY-Canton (Division III) before his career was cut short due to injury. However, this helped pave the way for him to jump straight into a career in coaching that has been nothing short of astounding.
Orlando hails from Chalfont, PA, where he and his family are the proud owners of Hatfield Ice Arena in Colmar, PA. During the off-season, Orlando returns home to organize camps and training for young aspiring hockey players. His work ethic, integrity, and desire to grow the game of hockey help re-affirm his quick ascension in the hockey ranks. He is excited to start his second season with the Mustangs and continue the prestige of the Ogden Mustangs brand.