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Coaches & Managers

HOCKEY OPERATIONS

Scott White - General Manager / Dallas Stars Director of Hockey Operations >

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Scott White was hired as the first general manager of the Texas Stars Hockey Club of the AHL on November 19, 2008. He was instrumental in building the Texas Stars 2009-10 inaugural season team, which made a run to the 2010 Calder Cup Finals. On May 31, 2013, White was promoted to director of hockey operations, while retaining his role as the Texas Stars general manager. A member of the Dallas Stars organization since 2005, White previously served as a professional scout and director of minor league operations. He headed up the hockey department for the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ then-primary affiliate, for three seasons, and prior to joining the Stars organization, served as head coach of the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL for four seasons. White guided Columbia to a Kelly Cup Finals appearance in 2003 and the Inferno made the playoffs every year with him at the helm. He finished with a 165-87-36 record (.635) over four seasons with the Inferno.

In Columbia, he was responsible for all the club’s hockey operation activities, including recruiting, scouting, trades and roster moves. White worked as an assistant coach with the Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL) for a season and a half, and was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Michigan Tech University, from 1994-1999.

White played five years of professional hockey from 1989-1994, including three seasons with Greensboro, where he won the 1990 ECHL Championship and earned ECHL Defenseman of the Year and First-Team All-ECHL honors for the 1991-92 season. He signed with the Ottawa Senators in 1992 and played the entire season with the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in New Haven, capturing team MVP honors after scoring 54 points (10 goals, 44 assists) in 80 games. The Quebec native finished his professional career with 235 points (55 goals, 180 assists) in 190 regular season games and 40 points (8 goals, 32 assists) in 41 playoff games. Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the sixth round (117th overall) of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, White played four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for the Michigan Tech Huskies of the WCHA. In 154 career NCAA games he scored 93 points (20 goals, 73 assists) and had 184 penalty minutes. 

White resides in Frisco with his wife Kathy. They have four children: Emily, Katie, William and Madelyn.

Willie Desjardins - Head Coach >

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Willie Desjardins was named the third head coach in Texas Stars history on June 13, 2012 and he enters his second American Hockey League season in 2013-14. Last season he made his AHL coaching debut and recorded his first career AHL win on October 13, 2012 at San Antonio. On December 14, 2012 at Abbotsford, Desjardins notched his 600th career game as a head coach in North America and then on January 4, 2013 at Houston he recorded his 350th career North American head coaching victory. He led Texas to the South Division regular season championship, the first Division crown in franchise history, as well as the number one seed in the Western Conference for the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. On April 16, 20-13 Desjardins was named the winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as the AHL’s coach of the year. He made his Calder Cup Playoff coaching debut on April 26, 2013 and led the Stars to a 3-2 overtime win over the Milwaukee Admirals in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Before he stepped behind the Texas Stars bench, Desjardins, 56, spent two seasons in the National Hockey League as associate coach for the Dallas Stars, including one season (2011-12) with former Texas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan. Prior to joining the Stars organization, he served as head coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League for eight seasons (2002-2010) and also served as the club’s general manager from 2005-2010. In 576 career regular season games behind the bench for Medicine Hat Desjardins amassed a record of 333-182-31-30, a 0.632 winning percentage. In his first season he ended a five-year playoff drought and his squads reached the post season in all eight years of his reign.  Desjardins led the Tigers to the WHL Championship in 2004 and 2007 and posted a career playoff record of 65-43, a 0.601 winning percentage. He took the Tigers to the Memorial Cup Tournament in those two championship seasons and was runner-up at the 2007 Tournament. Desjardins was awarded the Dunc McCallum Memorial trophy as WHL Coach of the Year for the 2005-06 season.

The native of Climax, Saskatchewan, won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ontario. Desjardins was named head coach of the Canadian national team for the 2010 World Junior Championships in Saskatchewan and earned a silver medal. He also served as assistant coach for the Canadian national men's team in 1998-99; the team finished fourth at the 1999 IIHF World Championship in Norway. Desjardins was head coach of the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades during the 1997-98 season, after working as bench boss for the Seibu Bears of the Japan Ice Hockey League from 1994-96. Previously, he served as head coach at the University of Calgary from 1989-1994, leading the Dinosaurs to two Canada West University Athletic Association (CWUAA) championships. He was an assistant coach at the university from 1985-89. He has won National Championships in Asia, Europe and North America.

Desjardins played major junior hockey for the Lethbridge Broncos of the Western Hockey League from 1974 through 1977. He attended the University of Saskatchewan and played for the Huskies under then head coach Dave King. Desjardins won the 1982-83 Major W.J. “Danny” McLeod Award as the University Cup Tournament MVP; selected by the members of the CIS Men’s Hockey Coaches Association.

Desjardins and his wife Rhonda have three children, sons Brayden and Jayce and daughter Sheehan.

Doug Lidster - Assistant Coach >

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Doug Lidster was officially named the Texas Stars assistant coach on July 6, 2012.  Prior to joining the Stars, he served as the Assistant Coach for the Canadian Women’s National Hockey team from 2008-2010, where he helped guide Team Canada to the 2010 Olympic Gold Medal in Vancouver, as well as the 2009 4 Nations Cup Championship in Finland, the 2010 MLP Cup Championship in Germany and a silver-medal win at the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Finland.  Lidster was also an assistant coach for the Women’s Team in 2003-04, helping them win gold at the 2004 IIHF World Women’s Championship and silver at the 2003 4 Nations Cup.

Lidster, 52, began coaching while in St. Louis at Parkway West High School and he also spent several years coaching minor hockey in New York and British Columbia. He was an assistant coach with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League in 2002-03, teaming up with new Stars head coach Willie Desjardins, who was the Tigers’ bench boss at the time. Lidster was the head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit during the in 2004-05 and he was the coaching director for the Victory Honda AAA hockey program in Plymouth, Michigan from 2005-09.

The native of Kamloops, British Columbia, was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh round (133rd overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He played four years of college hockey for Colorado College of the WCHA. The defenseman enjoyed a very distinguished collegiate career where he tallied 174 points (56 goals, 118 assists) in 145 career NCAA games for the Tigers; he was twice named to the WCHA First All-Star Team, he was an All-American as a senior (1982-83) and he is a member of the Colorado College Athletics Hall of Fame. Lidster made his National Hockey League debut with Vancouver during the 1983-84 season and went on to play sixteen seasons for the Canucks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars. In 897 career games, he recorded 343 points (75 goals, 268 assists) and 679 penalty minutes. He played in a total of 80 Stanley Cup playoff games and he won two Stanley Cups, with the Rangers in 1994 and the Stars in 1999.

Lidster also represented the Canadian Men’s National Team as both a player and a coach. He played for Team Canada in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and three IIHF World Championships, winning silver in 1985 and 1991 and placing fourth in 1990. He was a player/assistant coach for Team Canada in 1998-99 and an assistant coach in 2003 helping coach the team to the 2003 Spengler Cup Championship in Switzerland.

Lidster and his wife Joanne have three children, Ryan, Brianna and Colin.

Jason Wallace - ATC, MS – Certified Athletic Trainer >

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Jason Wallace joined the Dallas Stars organization as the certified athletic trainer for the Texas Stars on August 8, 2013.

Wallace spent the past three seasons as the athletic trainer for the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League (CHL), winning the 2013 Ray Miron President’s Cup as the CHL champions. Prior to joining Allen, he worked for the Flint Generals (IHL) from 2008-2010 and the Huntsville Havoc (SPHL) from 2006-08. Wallace also worked in arenafootball2 for three seasons with the Tennessee Valley Vipers (2006-2008), winning ArenaCup IX as the 2008 af2 champions.

The Belleville, Mich., native earned both his bachelor and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1997-2001 prior to attending college.

Wallace resides in Cedar Park with his wife Jessica. He has a daughter, Brittany, and a son, Cade, who reside in Michigan.

Brian Garcia - Head Equipment Manager >

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Brian Garcia enters his fifth season as the head equipment manager for the Texas Stars and his 13th season in professional hockey.

Prior to joining the Texas Stars, he spent the four years with the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers from 2005-09. The ECHL selected Garcia to work the 2009 All-Star Game in Reading, Pa. The Covina, Calif., native worked four seasons (2001-2005) with the Long Beach Ice Dogs (ECHL) as an assistant equipment manager prior to moving to Las Vegas.

Garcia resides in Austin.

Jorge Lopez - Assistant Equipment Manager >

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Jorge Lopez enters his second season as the Texas Stars assistant equipment manager and his sixth season in professional hockey.

Prior to joining the Stars, Lopez served as the head equipment manager for the Laredo Bucks of the CHL in 2011-12 and held the same title with the Huntsville Havoc of the SPHL during the 2010-11 season.  The Laredo, Texas native spent his first two years in pro hockey (2008-2010) as the assistant equipment manager for his hometown Bucks (CHL).

Lopez resides in Cedar Park with his wife Jasmine and their dog Madison.

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