Hillman, 39, has guided the Mavericks since their inception and enters his fifth season as the head coach and director of hockey operations. The Mavericks are the only team in the CHL to win a playoff series in each of the team’s first four seasons including trips to the league semi-final series in each of the last two season. Overall, Hillman has a 142-96-24 regular season record and 20-20 record in the playoffs with the Mavericks. Prior to joining the Mavericks, Hillman captured back-to-back regular season and playoff titles as the head coach with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). During Hillman’s two seasons with the Ice Bears, his team compiled a record of 67-32-13 (.660), and he was named the SPHL Coach of the Year in 2008-09.
Hillman had a stellar nine-season professional playing career, including his final eight seasons with the CHL’s Odessa Jackalopes. The offensive defenseman was a four-time CHL All-Star, and retired as the Jackalopes’ all-time leader in games played (446), and assists (260). He finished his career as the second leading scorer in club history with 326 points, and ranks among the top scoring defenseman in CHL history.
The 2001-02 CHL Man of the Year graduated from the University of Windsor with a bachelor’s degree in human kinetics in 1999. He later received a Master of Science in kinesiology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 2002, compiling a 4.0 grade point average. He also has experience as an adjunct professor and previously owned and operated Sports Training Facilities in Odessa and Midland, Texas.
Hillman completed his amateur career as the leading scoring defenseman in Windsor Lancer history. He led the Lancers to two consecutive trips to the National Championship tournament where he was named a first team all-star both years. In 1998 he was the nation’s leading scorer among defensemen with 42 points in 26 games and in 1999 he was a first team All-Canadian selection. The LaSalle, Ontario native is married to wife Dalyn and the couple has two sons; Corbin, 11 and Guhnar, 7.
Watson retired from playing hockey and was named the Mavericks' Assistant Director of Hockey Operations in August of 2011. The Waterloo, Ontario, native spent two seasons behind the Mavericks' bench before moving into his current position of Director of Player Personnel in May of 2013. He played for the Mavericks during the team's first two seasons and closed out his five-year career in the CHL with 95 goals and 125 assists in 298 games played and one All-Star appearance (2007). Watson was named the CHL's Man of the Year following the 2010-11 season for his contributions to the community off the ice.
Watson's role will be to coordinate player travel and housing, as well as assist in the day-to-day operations of the team. He is also a coach for the KC Mavs Elite and will continue his work with youth hockey in Kansas City. Watson attended St. Lawrence University where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.
Simon and his wife, Samantha, reside in Grain Valley with their dog, Millie.
Andrew Dvorak returns for his fourth season with the Mavericks. His duties as Equipment manager include ordering equipment, maintaining equipment, sharpening skates, and keeping the locker room in order. Before joining the Mavericks, he spent the previous six years in Richmond, Virginia. He worked for the Riverdogs in the UHL for three years and Richmond Renegades of the SPHL for three years. In his off time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time at home with his family and friends. Andrew is originally from Orlando, Florida. He and his wife Shannon currently reside in Independence with their dogs.
Bill Murray joins the Mavericks in his first season as Head Trainer. A native to Chicago, Illinois where he spent seven seasons as Ball Boy for the NBA's Chicago Bulls, Murray has over 25 seasons of professional sports experience. Murray spent more than ten years with the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils (1996-2006) including their 2000 and 2003 Stanley Cup Championship seasons. During Murrays' tenure as Head Trainer, the longest in franchise history, the Devils were consistantly among the NHL leaders in Fewest Man-Games-Lost totals while collecting more regular and post-season victories and making more playoff appearances than any other NHL club. Murray joins the Mavericks from the Kontinental Hockey League and the KHL Medical Center in Moscow where he served as Chief Specialist. Murray began studying Sports Medicine while at Notre Dame University Preperatory graduating in 1984, with additional training and specialized courses in Sports Medicine at various colleges and universities. He is a member of the National Atheletic Trainers Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Socitey.
Clint Elberts enters his first season as goalie coach for the Mavericks. Clint grew up playing hockey in Minnesota and Oregon before moving to Kansas City to work with the Russell Stover AAA Hockey Program, now Mav’s Elite, 7 years ago. He has worked as a goalie coach in the USHL, first with the Des Moines Buccaneers, and most recently for the past 2 seasons, with the Omaha Lancers. He has been a professional goalie coach for over 10 years and currently owns The Hockey Center KC located in Independence, Mo. Clint and his wife, Christina, reside in Kansas City, Mo.