Shane Clifford – Goaltending Coach
Clifford’s guidance has helped mold most of the top netminders in Silvertips history. Standout overager Jeff Harvey helped the ‘Tips win a Western Conference title in 2004, Mike Wall earned a free-agent NHL contract in 2005, Leland Irving was a first-round NHL draft pick in 2006, young pupil Kent Simpson would go on to become a second-round choice in 2010, followed by Carter Hart’s second round selection in 2016. Clifford was hired in 2005 as Goaltending Coach for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, where he guided future Stanley Cup Champion Marc-Andre Fleury in his second NHL season.
Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Clifford spent a brief professional playing career in the International Hockey League and ECHL before going on to coach for numerous teams in a series of leagues. He has coached pro goalies for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL), Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL) and Les Ducs d’Angers (French Elite League), collegiate goalies at Ohio State University (NCAA) and junior puck-stoppers for the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) and Wenatchee Wild (NAHL).
In addition to coaching at the team level, Clifford has owned and operated the Shane Clifford Goalie School just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since 2000. His reputation for quality instruction has built the school into one of the premier goalie training facilities in the United States. NHL all-star John Gibson, and national champions Kenny Reiter and Parker Milner are among the many notable graduates.