Matt Herr, who played seven years of professional hockey and most recently was a regional manager for USA Hockey’s American Development Model, has been named executive director and general manager of the new UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Herr, 38, will oversee business and hockey operations at the complex, which is scheduled to open in August. He will work with UPMC Sports Medicine and Sports Performance to design an integrated player development model for hockey and also will be responsible for creating and attracting high-profile hockey events to the region.
“Matt brings a unique skill set to this new position at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex,” said David Morehouse, CEO and President of the Penguins. “As a former NHL player, he understands what it takes to succeed on the ice. As a former prep school coach and administrator and a regional manager for USA Hockey, he knows what it takes to develop our young people to improve and perform to the best of their abilities. We’re delighted to welcome Matt and his family to the organization and the Pittsburgh region.”
“The Penguins and UPMC are creating the kind of facility that has not been seen anywhere in the world,” Herr said. “It will be based on the science and principles of athlete development, helping each athlete to reach his or her potential in their sport of choice. We will use age-appropriate training techniques, including off-ice training with Gary Roberts and on-ice components for hockey-specific athletes. My family and I are excited by this opportunity and we’re looking forward to becoming part of the community here.”
The native of Hackensack, NJ played 58 NHL games over parts of four seasons with the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins. He skated in 383 games over six seasons in the American Hockey League and scored 34 goals and 72 points in 77 games for the Providence Bruins in 2002-03.
Herr was an outstanding hockey and baseball player at the University of Michigan from 1994-98 and was drafted by pro teams in both sports (Washington Capitals, Atlanta Braves). He reached the Frozen Four in each of his four seasons, won two national championships in hockey and was team captain as a senior.
He skated for the U.S. in the 1996 World Junior Championship and also was named to the U.S. national team for the 1999 World Championship.
From 2005-11, Herr coached prep school hockey and taught history and psychology at the Kent School in Connecticut. He also coached baseball at Kent for seven seasons and was senior associate director of admissions from 2011-13.
He joined USA Hockey full-time as a regional manager for the American Development Model in 2013. He previously worked as an instructor at multiple national player development camps and coached the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that played in the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic.