Nate Skidmore heading to NCAA

ODESSA, TX – Jackalopes assistant coach Nate Skidmore has been announced as the new assistant men’s ice hockey coach at Williams College, an NCAA Division III program, in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Skidmore played four years at the Jr. A level before playing college hockey at the State University of New York at Potsdam for four years with the Bears.

Skidmore earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science along with a master’s degree in management and leadership from SUNY Potsdam. He then spent the 2019-20 season with the NCAA Division I Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Engineers as a volunteer assistant coach and goalie coach.

In his first season with the Jackalopes Skidmore managed the defenseman, goaltenders and penalty kill – the latter being one of the more constant aspects of the Jackalopes this season, finishing with an 81.6% efficiency and sitting at 11th overall in the North American Hockey League. He also earned valuable coaching experience managing the bench for seven games in Coach Fortier’s absence.

“I want to thank Coach Fortier for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Odessa Jackalopes staff this past season. I will always regard Jason as a mentor and a friend. I am excited to see the continued progress of the Jackalopes with the culture that was established,” Skidmore said. “Odessa has the ownership, front office staff, and fan support to be successful in the North American Hockey League. My time with the Jackalopes will forever hold a special place in my heart. With that said, I am looking forward to the next chapter with Williams College.”

The Jackalopes congratulate Skidmore on his advancement to the NCAA college hockey ranks and appreciate his tireless work ethic and contributions to the Jackalopes organization during the 2020-21 season.