Bliss Littler won't be behind the bench when the Omaha Lancers play the Lincoln Stars at the Ice Box Friday night.
That's because Littler was fired on Wednesday just a couple months into his fourth season in Omaha. The former Tri-City coach was 9-8-2 with the Lancers this season. Omaha is in third place in the Western Conference, just five points behind Lincoln.
Littler had a 117-60-22 record with Omaha, the best of any Western Conference team since he arrived. Owner and president Ben Robert basically told the Omaha World-Herald that he "lost confidence in Littler."
I wonder if this decision was more of a personal thing or something...call me shocked. It's rare enough to see USHL coaches lose their jobs in the middle of the year, but for a team that was just a few points out of the standings lead? Crazy. Omaha assistant Mike Aikens will fill in for the rest of the year as interim head coach.
Edit: Click here to read an article about Littler's dismissal from the Omaha World Herald. Interesting quote from Littler that BT mentioned above: ""They just told me I was relieved of my duties," Littler said. "He (Robert) said 'I've lost confidence in you, you're relieved of your duties immediately.' It was short, sweet, he said what he had to say, got up and left."
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