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The Cyclone Hockey School will provide the finest instruction in the country including coaches and players from the current Cyclone Hockey team. On-Ice and Off-Ice instructors will have a wealth of knowledge to distribute throughout the week ensuring a fun, action packed week. Counselors will provide 24 hour supervision of all students for each group.

Dr. Alan Murdoch
General Manger & Head Coach

Dr. Alan Murdoch is entering his 44th season as general manager and head coach of Cyclone Hockey and does so as the only coach in college hockey with more than 1000 wins to his credit, on the strength of his 1030-453-43 record.

The Neepawa, Manitoba, native arrived at Iowa State as a graduate student in 1969 and, shortly after his arrival, significantly increased the organization of Iowa State’s existing hockey club and started “Cyclone Hockey” as it is known today. In his first season, 1969-70, he brought Iowa State into the Iowa Collegiate Hockey League and the following season Cyclone Hockey was a founding member of the Central States Collegiate Hockey League. Cyclone Hockey also quickly moved from playing its games on an outdoor rink on campus, to playing its games at the Des Moines Ice Arena, and then to Hilton Coliseum after it was finished in 1971. By the mid-70s, Cyclone Hockey was playing all of its home games in Hilton and averaging 4,000 to 6,000 fans a night.

Cyclone Hockey started practicing at the new Cyclone Area Community Center in 1979, after conducting most of its practices on outdoor ice or at the Des Moines Ice Arena, and the team started playing more and more of its games at the CAAC as the 80s progressed, and Murdoch played a significant in role in incremental improvements to the rink on a regular basis. After 20 years, the CACC’s condition started deteriorating and the Ames community and Cyclone Hockey were in need of new ice, and Murdoch played a key role in securing over $300,000 a in private donation, in leading a campaign to raise $1.7 million through student fee commitments, and in leading a campaign for the passage of a $1.7 million bond issue. All three marks were met, and the Ames/ISU Ice Arena opened in time for the 2001-2002 school year and has been home to Cyclone Hockey since.

Murdoch wasn’t only vital in the establishing of Cyclone Hockey, he also founded the Ames Minor Hockey Association in 1973 and helped found the Iowa High School Hockey League in 1976, serving as the commissioner of the then 10-team league. Even larger than his contributions to hockey in Ames and Iowa are his contributions to non-scholarship hockey, as Murdoch was a moving force in the foundation of the American Collegiate Hockey League on April 20, 1991 by 15 charter members, including Cyclone Hockey.  Murdoch was deemed so important in the founding of the ACHA, that the trophy the ACHA Men’s Division 1 national champion wins is named the Murdoch Cup. Since starting with those 15 teams, the ACHA has grown to over 450 teams spread amongst three men’s divisions and two women’s divisions.

In addition, Murdoch also played a pivotal role in USA Hockey choosing to participate in the World University Games and using ACHA players to comprise its rosters for the tournament. Murdoch served as the head coach for Team USA’s first entry in the World University Games in 2001 and served as the team’s general manager in 2003, the scouting coordinator in 2005 and 2007, and the general manager again in 2009 and 2011. Over those ten years, 13 Cyclones have represented their country and donned the Team USA jersey by playing in the World University Games.

As a coach, Murdoch has led Cyclone Hockey to 12 CSCHL Tournament championships, 3 CSCHL regular season titles, the inaugural ACHA Men’s Division 1 championship in 1992, three runner-up finishes at the ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Tournament, and four other appearances in the Final Four. In the years leading up to the formal establishment of the ACHA, Murdoch led Cyclone Hockey to four runner-up finishes in the non-varsity national championship and one other Final Four appearance.

Four players Murdoch as coached have received the Bob Johnson Award as the ACHA's most outstanding player, and he's had eleven ACHA Men's Division 1 First Team members, seven Second Team members, and six Third Team members.

Murdoch was born on April 30, 1946, and attended Brandon University and then Bemidji State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and recreation and psychology.  He received his master’s degree in higher education from Iowa State in 1970 and his doctorate of higher education from Iowa State in 1984.  Murdoch lives in Ames with his wife, Jane, and has five children: sons Sean, Andrew, and Blake, and daughters Kerri and Amy.

Mark Huber
2012-2013 Assistant Captain

Mark Huber is from Dodge Center Minnesota and brings a vast amount of junior and college hockey playing experience.  He will be back to Iowa State University in the fall of 2013 to finish his final year of college. Mark plans on graduating in May of 2014 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management.

Before playing with the Cyclones Mark played three years of high school hockey for the Dodge County Wildcats of the Minnesota High School Hockey League. He was the recipient of the Wildcats’ Mr. Hustle Award for 2005-06. He was named team captain his senior year and was named Dodge County’s recipient of the Hobey Baker Award as the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship and character. After graduating from high school Mark made the jump to junior hockey. He played for the St. Paul Lakers of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League in 2007-08 and 2008-09 before the team became the Edina Lakers in 2009-10. He was also the recipient of the Lakers’ Leadership Award after the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. Mark was named the Most Valuable Player for 2008-09 and  named Laker of the Year following his 2009-10 campaign. Mark also played NCAA DIII college hockey for the St. Mary’s Cardinals in 2010-11 before deciding to transfer to Iowa State.

Mark started his career as a Cyclone in 2011.  As a sophomore transfer Mark made 37 game appearances with a total of 21 points. At the end of the year banquet Mark was awarded the Life Investors Most Improved Player Award.  In his junior season Mark was named an assistant captain. He played in 44 games with 29 points and was awarded the Raymond Vaillant Spirit Award. Mark will return as team Captain for his senior season and final year of college eligibility.  
Mark’s Career ambition is to work in the front office of a National Hockey League team.  In his time away from academics and hockey Mark enjoys water skiing, spending time with friends and family, and watching movies.

Brandon Clark
2012-2013 Team Captain

Brandon Clark is originally from Spokane Washington and brings an extensive amount of Junior and college hockey playing experience. He will be graduating in May of 2013 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business with Majors in both Marketing and Management.

Before coming to Iowa State Brandon  started his junior hockey career as a 15 year-old playing for the Spokane Braves in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and as a 16 year-old he was named an assistant captain and was chosen to play in the KIJHL All-Star Game. The following season Brandon moved up and played tier II Junior A in Canada for the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey. He spent two seasons in Surrey and was named assistant captain his second year. Brandon also played one season for the Cowichan Valley Capitals and one season for the Trail Smoke Eaters where he was named an assistant captain. Brandon finished his BCHL career with 232 games played, 25 goals, 46 assists and 267 penalty minutes. In total Brandon played six seasons of junior hockey four of which were in the top league in Canada.

Brandon began his college career suiting up for Cyclones in 2009. In his sophomore season he was selected to participate in the World University Games tryout camp for team USA and was also chosen to play for Team Red at the 2011 ACHA Men’s Division 1 ACHA All-Star game. As a junior Brandon was named an assistant captain and was also selected to play for Team White in the 2012 ACHA Men’s Division 1 All-Star Game. He was also named to the CSCHL All-Second Team and the CSCHL All-Defensive Team. Additionally he was named the recipient of Cyclone Hockey’s Alexander Murdoch Award as the team’s most valuable player as well as Cyclone Hockey’s Defenseman of the Year. As a senior Brandon was named team captain and finished his college career with 163 games played, 26 goals, 43 assists and a plus rating of 68.

Brandon’s Career ambition is to either coach or continue playing hockey as long as he can. Ultimately though he would like to pursue his Master’s Degree and eventually his PHD and become a University professor in Business. In his time away from academics and hockey Brandon enjoys fishing, golfing and working with kids.

Brendan Sheehan
D3 Head Coach

Sheehan enters his third season as a Cyclone after leading the Division 3 team to the Frozen Four in the 2012 ACHA Division 3 National Tournament. The Cyclone Division 3 team's overall record in the past two seasons is 51-14-1 making them one of the ACHA's best young teams to watch in the upcoming 2012-13 season. 

Prior to coming to Iowa State, Sheehan coached youth hockey for the Naperville Sabres at the Bantam Major and Miget Major and Minor AA levels. Sheehan also coached high school hockey for Waubonsie Valley and Naperville North and served as the defense coach for Robert Morris University (Chicago’s) women’s team which went to the National Tournament in 2010.

He has also worked numerous USA Hockey camps. Sheehan served as a team leader at the USA Hockey Bantam Select Camp in Ames in 2009 and 2010, as Co-Coordianter for the camp in 2011 and earned his USA
 Hockey Level 4 Coach's certification through the National Player Development Camp Program of Merit in 2010. He also serves as a USA Hockey Central District player evaluator. 

Sheehan looks to lead Cyclone Hockey’s D3 team to success in 2012-13 in the Western Division of the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association’s Silver Division. Sheehan also assists as a coach for the organization’s ACHA D1 team.

Andrew Murdoch
Assistant Coach

Andrew Murdoch begins his seventh season as an assistant coach in 2012-13, but he has been part of the Cyclone Hockey scene much longer.

The son of Cyclone Hockey General Manager and Head Coach Al Murdoch, Andrew played his youth hockey in the Ames Minor Hockey Association, which his father helped found in the 70s, and played high school hockey for the Ames Little Cyclones. During his freshman season of high school hockey, he played on a line with former Cyclone Hockey players Mike Ogbourne and Rusty Crawford and helped Ames to a third-place finish at the Iowa High School Hockey League State Tournament, which is still Ames' top finish in 20-plus years.  Murdoch was an All-State forward all three years he played high school hockey, played in two IHSHL All-Star Games, and played for Team Tri-State at the Chicago Showcase following the 1995-96 season, his junior year, when he led the IHSHL in scoring.

As a 17-year-old, Murdoch moved overseas to Sweden his senior year of high school and played junior hockey for Vanersborg, which he led in scoring. He returned to North America for the 1997-98 season and played Tier II junior A hockey for the Great Falls American of the American Frontier Hockey League and then played for the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in 1998-99.

Following his two seasons of junior hockey in North America, Murdoch returned to his roots and played for his father at Iowa State.  During his four-year collegiate career with Cyclone Hockey, Murdoch surpassed the 200-point plateau with 91 goals and 113 assists in 173 games. He served as an alternate captain his sophomore and junior season and was the team’s captain his senior year. Murdoch earned Cyclone Hockey’s James J. Russo Award twice as the player with the highest grade point average and was the recipient of the Alexander Murdoch Award his senior season as the team’s most valuable player. While playing for Iowa State, Murdoch also represented his country by playing for Team USA at the World University Games in Poland in 2001, which feature a big upset win over Team Russia, and in 2003 in Italy.

Upon graduating with honors from Iowa State in 2004 with a teaching degree, Murdoch taught fifth and sixth grade at Gilbert Elementary School for two years and then moved to Shanghai, China, for three years to teach second and third grade at the Shanghai Community International Schools. While in China, he coached amateur hockey and participated in the Shanghai Adult Hockey League.

Murdoch returned to North America in the summer of 2008 and since then has worked as an investment advisor for The Murdoch Financial Team in Ames, where he works in helping families and small business owners grow, preserve, and protect their wealth. He lives in Ames with his wife, Natalie, who is a fourth-grade teacher at Kate Mitchell Elementary School in Ames, and with their daughter, Scarlett, who turns two in November.

Marc Rogers
Goaltending Coach

Rogers is entering his eighth season as an assistant coach with Cyclone Hockey and primarily works with the team's goaltenders, although he is adept in skills instruction and development with all players of all positions.

In addition to his duties with Cyclone Hockey, Rogers is active in the Ames Minor Hockey Association as a youth coach and one of the coaching directors of the AMHA. Rogers is also active with USA Hockey as an instructor at USA Hockey Coaching Clinics.

Prior to coming to Ames, Rogers was an assistant coach with St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, where he played NCAA DIII college hockey for four seasons from 1990-91 through 1993-94. In his first season as an assistant coach, 1994-95, the Cardinals won the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoff championship and advanced to the NCAA DIII National Tournament. While at St. Mary's, Rogers also coached at the university's summer hockey school.

As a player, prior to his collegiate career, Rogers played four seasons of Wisconsin high school hockey for Eau Claire Memorial and then two seasons of Tier II junior A hockey with Redford Royals and Bloomfield Jets of the North American Hockey League.

Rogers currently resides in Ames with his two children, Cole and Alli.

Doug Borud
Volunteer Assistant Coach

A former Cyclone Hockey player from 1993-97 who was awarded the Bob Johnson Award his senior season as the ACHA’s most outstanding player, Borud is in his fifth season as a volunteer assistant with the team.

Prior to working with the Cyclone Hockey coaching staff, Borud served as the head coach of the Des Moines Oak Leafs of the Midwest High School Hockey League (MHSHL) for several years. During his time with the Oak Leafs, Borud compiled an impressive 163-99-6 record and coached the team to two MHSHL varsity championships and two MHSHL junior varsity champions. Many of his of his players played in the MHSHL All-Star Game and a number also played for Team Tri-State at the Chicago Showcase.

As a player, the Two Harbors, Minnesota, native played junior hockey in the USHL for the Des Moines Buccaneers prior to his college career at Iowa State. He served as a captain for three teams that finished second or third at the ACHA Men’s Division1 National Tournament, led the Cyclones in scoring two seasons, and was named to the ACHA All-Second Team his junior year and the ACHA All-First Team his senior year, when he was also awarded the Bob Johnson Award.

Doug lives in Des Moines with his wife, Molly; son, Cade; and daughter, Kennedy.

Rick Hahn
Volunteer Assistant Coach

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Guido Lamberti-Charles

Guido Lamberti-Charles is Chief Executive Officer of Euro Elite Hockey in Vancouver. He organizes Hockey Camps in Europe & North America and due to his world wide network he is experienced in the transatlantic transfer of professional hockey players.

Before he moved into coaching in Europe and Canada, Guido played during his extensive playing career for ESV Trier, EHC Trier, (Loins) and ESC Trier, (Huskies), ERC Hassfurt, (Sharks) and ESV Bitburg, (Bears). He graduated in 2005 as a Sports Manager at the Sport Bund Rheinland, Germany. Guido has earned the coaching certificates level “C” & “B” from the IIHF and holds the Hockey BC certificate. Guido is an Amateur Scout for Iowa State University Cyclone Hockey as well as an Amateur Scout for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the (BCHL).

From 2002/05 Guido coached for the Bitburg Bears as the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations before he became the Director of player development for the Trierer Huskies. In 2006 he moved to Vancouver where he worked with different hockey schools and the Burnaby Express Junior A team. Guido returned to Germany in the season 2007/08 as the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations of the ESC Trier Huskies before he moved into the Belgium Elite League where he coached the Liege Bulldogs 2008/09 and the Turnhout White Caps 2009/10.

In the season 2010/11 Guido worked with the Fraser Valley Phantoms Major Midget Female team as skill/assistant coach. Guido coached in the Lower Mainland with Vancouver Thunderbirds in the season 2011/12 before he stepped behind the bench of the Burnaby Bulldogs for the start of the 2012/13 season.