After four years away from the club, Shane Clifford, 42, returned to his role as Silvertips Goaltending Coach on July 17, 2013. An accomplished goaltending instructor with experience at all levels of hockey, he spent five seasons with the Silvertips between Everett’s inaugural year of 2003-04 and 2008-09.
Clifford’s guidance has helped produce 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 and young pupil Kent Simpson would go on to become a second-round choice in 2010. Clifford was hired in 2005-06 as the Goaltending Coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he tutored 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 a series of teams in various 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.