Orlando joins the Mustangs from the Austin Bruins of the NAHL where he served as Assistant Coach last season. Orlando's offensive prowess helped lead the forward group as well as the power-play units. This past season the Bruins power-play unit converted at a 23.1% clip and tied for best in the Central Division. His ability to break down film and access team strengths and weaknesses was crucial for the Bruins. Before heading to Austin, Orlando has also 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 all of the way 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. It will be a quick transition for Orlando as the beginning of the season looms near; however, he is ready, and we should be as well.
Nick joins the Mustangs from the Park City Ice Miners program where he was the Head Coach of the U16 team since 2017. During Dreyer's tenure at Park City, the Ice Miners were crowned as the Utah State Champions three consecutive seasons. In 2017, they lost the National Championship game finishing 2nd at the Tier II level. Dreyer has also served as Head Coach of the Farmington High School Hockey Program since its inception in 2018-19. In the two short years of the program's history, Dreyer has led the team to a 3rd-place finish in 2019 and 2nd-place in 2020.
Dreyer is a native of Waterloo, Illinois, and grew up in the greater St. Louis area. His coaching career began in 2013 at his former high school (Waterloo-Freeburg) where he was named the Head Coach and served until 2017. During the 2017 season, Dreyer led Waterloo-Freeburg to a State Championship appearance and finishing in 2nd-place.
During his career as a player, Dreyer attended McKendree University of ACHA-DI. He is the 2nd all-time leading scorer in McKendree University Men's Hockey program history.
Steve joins the Mustangs from the Utah Wolves AA and AAA programs in Salt Lake City, UT where he was an assistant coach for one season. In the lone season with the Wolves, the AA program finished the season as the 33rd ranked team in the country. Prior to joining the Wolves, Soto had served as an assistant coach for the West Coast Renegades AAA. His head coaching resume boasts stints with the Utah Golden Eagles 14U and Weber State University. Soto was with the Weber State program from 2007-2011and in one of the seasons, the team finished 15th in the nation in the ACHA DII. He is also currently the coaching director of the Davis County Youth Hockey Association (DCYHA).
Soto's playing career also saw him compete in the Western States Hockey League during his Junior career. He played for both the Alaska Sinbad Sailors and the Flagstaff Mountaineers. His hockey career eventually lead him to Ogden where he joined the Weber State University program where he played all four years and then eventually residing in the Greater Salt Lake area from then on.
Soto grew up and began playing hockey in Southern California before leaving to play Juniors. He now lives in Farmington, UT with his two daughters Taygen and Cambria.