Job: Assistant Coach

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.

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.