League: MACHA

Chad Fink

Head Athletic Trainer Chad Fink returns to the Razorbacks for his seventh season with the team. Serving as a licensed athletic trainer in Arkansas since 2004, Chad has an extensive history of working with athletes in multiple sports and age groups across Northwest Arkansas. Chad works closely with our athletes to provide injury prevention and recovery care both on and off the ice.

Chad holds a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Exercises Science and Athletic Training from the University of Arkansas. Chad currently is a member of the athletic training staff at UAMS NWA Orthopedics clinic. Previously Chad has served as the Head Athletic Trainer at AthletePlus Physical Therapy and Director of Sports Medicine at Trinity Rehabilitation. Chad was named the Athletic Trainer of the year by the Arkansas Athletic Training Association in 2014.

Away from the rink, Chad enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, as well as hunting and fishing.

Adam Brice

Team Manager Adam Brice is return to the Razorback Hockey Club for his second season. A senior at the University of Arkansas, Adam is joining the club after transferring from Texas Tech University, where he played for the ACHA DIII team for one season. 

Born in Arlington, Texas, Adam began his hockey career while living in Bentonville, Arkansas where he played five seasons for the Northwest Arkansas Hockey Association. Following his time in NWA, Adam moved to Prosper, Texas where he would play five more seasons with the Prosper High School varsity hockey team, helping the club achieve three TAHA state finals appearances. 

Following his time with Prosper High, Adam enrolled at Texas Tech University in Fall 2020 where he pursued a B.S. in Sports Management and played for the ACHA DIII club team. In Fall 2022, Adam transferred to the University of Arkansas where he is actively pursuing a B.S. in Recreation and Sport Management with a focus in Sport Administration. 

Adam is an active USA Hockey level 4 official working part-time in the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program, working games in the NAPHL, NA3HL, and the NAHL as a linesman.

Ryan Urban

The 2023-34 season will be Assistant Coach Ryan Urban’s second with the Razorback Hockey Program.  During his first year with the program, he helped guide the team to their fourth consecutive Nationals Appearance. For the 2023-24 season, Coach Urban will lead the forward group and direct the teams special teams. He is from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, where he played hockey growing up.

Coach Urban played club hockey for the Penn State University Ice Lions while getting a degree in Chemical Engineering.  During his five-year career, Coach Urban helped the team to make nationals 4 out of his 5 years. The Ice Lions also won multiple Mid Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association championships during his playing career.  In his final year playing at Penn State, Coach Urban served as captain, and was able to win his final collegiate game at the national tournament in his hometown rink. Unfortunately, the team fell short due to a tie breaker and did not advance to the semi-finals that year.  Additionally, Coach Urban was selected to the ACHA DII Tournament team to represent the league in international competition. The Select Team played competition in Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany.

Prior to college, Coach Urban played for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers at the AAA level, and eventually for the West Chester Quakers at the AA level, in which he captained his U18 team for two consecutive years.  His U18 team made the national tournament twice. Coach Urban also played varsity for his high school all four years and captained the team his senior year.  As a forward, Coach Urban was able to lead his high school league in points multiple years, as well as win the honor of Player of the Year.  Coach Urban helped lead his team to a Flyers Cup Championship, and he was selected to the Flyers cup tournament team his junior and senior years.

Outside of Hockey, Coach Urban loves to golf, play tennis, and spend time out with his wife Lauren and his dog Molly.

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Jingxian Wu

Program Director Jingxian Wu returns to the Razorback Hockey Staff for his fourth season with the program. Director Wu is actively involved in collegiate and youth hockey programs at the Northwest Arkansas region. In addition to overseeing the Razorback Hockey program, he also serves as U8 and U10 coaches for the NWAHA Ice Hogs. Director Wu currently holds a Level III Coaching Certification with USA Hockey.

Aside from hockey, Director Wu holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri (2005). He is currently a Professor and Associate Department Head with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas (UofA). He is also the Founding Director of the Intelligent Information Processing Lab at UofA. He has served as Editors/Associate Editors for a number of prestigious international journals, and he was awarded a Distinguished Lectureship by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society in 2018. He has published nearly 200 papers at international journals and international conferences, and holds 2 international patents. His professional information can be found on his personal website.

Dakota Gottlieb

Assistant Coach Dakota Gottlieb  returns to the Razorback hockey program for his third season behind the bench. Prior to stepping behind the bench, Coach Gottlieb played 3 years for the team. Born in Scottsdale, Arizona, Coach Gottlieb had a hockey playing career that included the New Jersey Hitmen and Hampton Roads Whalers where he won the USPHL Premier National Championship before joining the Razorback Hockey team from 2018-2021.

During his first year behind the bench, Coach Gottlieb has helped guide the Razorbacks to one MACHA south title, one MACHA Tournament Championship, and two Nationals appearances. Coach Gottlieb primary responsibility is coaching the defensive group while also assisting with off-ice training.

Coach Gottlieb graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a minor in Chinese. In 2022, he graduated with his Master’s in Professional Accounting Degree, again at the University of Arkansas.

Away from the rink, Coach Gottlieb is an avid gym-goer and chef, often experimenting with new recipes and cuisines.

Andrew Falls

Coach Andrew Falls returns to the University of Arkansas for his sixth season. Coach Falls joined Arkansas in 2018-19 after serving as a Graduate Assistant for Wagner College’s Men’s Hockey program.

Born in Jackson, Tennessee, and raised in Nashville, Coach Falls played for four years of ACHA DII for McKendree University where, in 2016, he helped the Bearcats qualify for the National Championship. After college he worked in the front office of the St. Louis Blues and SPHL’s Knoxville Ice Bears. During his time with Wagner College, he helped transform a one-win team in 2016-2017 into a team that qualified for a conference tournament appearance in 2017-18. That campaign also saw the Seahawks earn a win over a Division I opponent.

Over his time with the program, Coach Falls has helped lead the team to five National Tournament appearances, one division title, and one conference title. Falls has served as forward coach and associate head coach since the 2019-20 season. In 2023-24 Coach Falls will be taking a step back to an assistant position while continuing to assist with recruiting and coordination of team operation behind the scenes.

Coach Falls holds a Bachelor of Sports Management from McKendree University. He holds a Level 4 coaching certification with USA Hockey and has previously worked as a counselor at three different Mitch Korn goalie camps. In his spare time Coach Falls enjoys to golf and spend time with his wife and daughter.

Keller Sims

Head Coach Keller Sims returns to the Razorback Hockey Coaching Staff for his seventh season. Hailing from Wichita Falls Texas, Coach Sims enjoyed a successful hockey career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where he would finish his career playing three seasons in the Texas Brahmas system before enrolling at the University of Arkansas.

In 17-18 Coach Sims served as Associate Head Coach for the Razorback team that won the SECHC conference-leading sixth title and made an appearance at Nationals in Columbus Ohio. Coach Sims returned in 2018-19 to serve as Head Coach, helping his team to a third place finish in the SECHC Tournament and sixth place finish in the Pacific Region. In 19-20, Sims’ Razorbacks, posted a 32-4 record, secured the Pacific Region crown, and a bid to the 2020 National Tournament prior to it’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 20-21, Sims led the team to a 19-2 record and a runner-up finish in the National Tournament, the first Finals appearance in program history.

In 21-22, Sims secured his 100th victory on his way to leading the Hogs to a MACHA South division title, a MACHA Regular Season Championship, and a MACHA Conference Tournament Championship in their first season competing in their new conference. The 21-22 Razorbacks would secure a #4 seed in the National Tournament and would advance to their second consecutive Frozen Four appearance. Coach Sims was named the MACHA South and ACHA Coach of the Year for the 2021-22 season.  2022-23 was another successful year for Sims’ Hogs as the team qualified for a fourth national tournament. The Hogs have qualified for the National Tournament in five of his six years behind the bench.

Coach Sims holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in kinesiology from the University of Arkansas (’13) and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (’19).  Away from the rink, Coach Sims is a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of Arkansas and has a passion for helping individuals who are affected with orthopedic injuries and neurological conditions. In his spare time, he enjoys to golf and spend time with his wife Cailtyn and sons Nash and Parker.

2022-23 MACHA South Standings

The Razorbacks compete in the South Division of the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Conference. The winner and runner up of each division (North, Central, and South) compete in the MACHA Conference Tournament at the end of each season. More information can be found here!