Mitch Stephens enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with Geneseo in 2016-17. A native of Forrest, Manitoba, Stephens graduated from Geneseo in 2007 with a degree in business administration following an All-America career with the Knights.
As a senior, Stephens was named runner-up for USCHO Division III Player of the Year, an AHCA Division III First Team All-America and was a finalist for the AHCA Sid Watson Memorial Award as the NCAA Division III Player of the Year. Finishing second in the nation with 55 points, he was also named the SUNYAC Player of the Year and was later presented the Ira S. Wilson Award by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, honoring the graduating male student-athlete who had the overall most outstanding four-year career during their time at Geneseo.
A two-time SUNYAC All-Academic Team member, Stephens was named the MVP of the 2006 SUNYAC Tournament after leading the Knights to their second-straight SUNYAC Championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The team’s leading scorer for four-straight seasons, he played in all 111 games while finishing ninth on Geneseo’s career scoring list with 167 points. His 117 assists rank fifth all-time, while he is one of only 19 players to score 50 career goals in a Knights sweater.
After graduation, Stephens spent six seasons playing professionally in both the United States and Europe. He began his professional career by attending training camp with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. He spent two seasons playing with the New Mexico Scorpions of the CHL, before moving on to play in Europe. Stephens played three seasons with the Rosenheim Starbulls in Germany, winning a championship during his first season and finishing runner-up during his third. He then moved on to play one season in Italy for HC Gardëina, leading the team in scoring during a run to the league semifinals.
Stephens appeared in 342 career games during his professional career, finishing with 371 points on 131 goals and 240 assists.