2016-17 Tier 3 Junior Hockey Head Coaching Carousel
Head Coaching changes for the 2016-17 season.
The Alpena Flyers hire Russ Anderson as Head Coach/General Manager for the 2016-17 season. For the past two seasons Anderson has been assistant Coach of the Flyers and a fixture in Alpena hockey for ten years.
Atlanta Capitals Head Coach Anthony Bohn advances to Assistant Coach for the NAHL Aberdeen Wings for the 2016-17 Season. Bohn earned a 98-34-7 regular season record through three seasons with the Caps. (.730) Bohn will be replaced by former Forest Lake Lakers Head Coach Dennis Canfield. Canfield went 65-23-2 through two seasons with the Lakers.
Breezy Point North Stars
The Breezy Point North Stars hire Jon Jonasson as Head Coach for the 2016-17 season. With 5 seasons of Head Coaching at the Tier 3 level, Jonasson coached one season in the WSHL, and two each with both the Steele County Blades and most recently the Helena Bighorns. Former interim Head Coach Josh Dallmann has accepted a position as Assistant Coach for the Kenai River Brown Bears of the NAHL.
Chicago Jr Bulldogs
After a 2 win season, the Chicago Bulldogs will look to turn things around with new ownership and a new head coach for the 2016-17 season. The owners of the NAHL Minnesota Magicians , who have had proven success at the Tier 3 Level with the USPHL St Croix Valley Magicians will run the organization. and Craig Sheppard will take over Head Coaching duties. Sheppard comes in with 22 years of coaching experience at the professional, junior and high school levels.
College Station Spirit
The Sugar Land Imperials have been sold, relocated and renamed as the College Station Spirit. Nick Bydal has been named Head Coach. Bydal has been an assistant coach in the NAHL for the Minnesota Magicians for the last two seasons.
The Colorado Rampage hire Tier 3 veteran Head Coach Andrew Newton for the 2016-17 season. Newton previously coached the Hampton Roads Whalers, Atlanta Jr Knights and Potomac Patriots.
The Florida Eels Elite Head Coach Jason Bloomingburg has accepted a coaching position with Aurora University, an NCAA Division 3 college for the 2016-17 season. Bloomingburg was a part of the Eels organization for 4 seasons.
Forest Lake Lakers
After finishing the 2015-16 season on top of the USPHL Midwest Western Conference standings and advancing to finals in Boston, second year Lakers Head Coach Dennis Canfield reported he was moving on and Forest Lake hired Kasey Yoder as Head Coach/GM for the 2016-17 season. Yoder comes with both NAHL and NCAA coaching experience.
The Helena Bighorns announce Bob Richards as Head Coach for 2016-17. Former Head Coach Jon Jonasson to lead the Breezy Point North Stars.
Jersey Shore Wildcats
Corey Leivermann takes over Head Coaching duties for the Jersey Shore Wildcats, former Head Coach Eric Brule will remain as GM/Assistant Coach.
La Crosse Freeze
Former La Crosse Freeze Head Coach Ryan Egan to Coach for the Coulee Region Chill in 2016-17. Rob Hodnicki replaces Egan. Hodnicki comes with ACHA coaching experience.
The Lockport Express hire new Head Coach Brian Becker for the 2016-17 season. Becker coached his 2015-16 campaign with the Buffalo Regals of the GOJHL.
Jack Lowry will replace Mike Tenney as Head Coach for the Maine Wild for the 2016-17 season. Tenney accepted an assistant coaching position with the Northeast Generals NAHL squad.
The Michigan Wild hired new Head Coach John O'Leary for the 2016-17 season.
Nashville Jr Predators
The Nashville Jr Predators Head Coach Karlis Zirnis advances to the NAHL's newest member the Shreveport Mudbugs for 2016-17. Zirnis went 73-17-4 (.798) in last two seasons with the team. Nashville GM JP Dumont will replace Zirnis.
New England Wolves
Brett Tryder takes over the Head Coaching position for the New England Wolves, replacing Steve Jacobs. Tryder originally came to the team in 2011 with 7 years of NCAA Head Coaching experience.
New York Applecore
The New York Applecore replace Premier Head Coach Lou Santini with Bill Silengo. Santini spent three seasons with the team, the last two as head coach. Silengo comes in with four years of coaching experience from the NCAA D3 level. With the MJHL becoming the NA3AHL in the 2016-17 season, the Applecore will also field a team in the EHL Elite division. Mike Quigley will come in to lead that squad replacing the former head coach Gary Rini.
New York Bobcats
After 3 seasons with the New York Bobcats, Head Coach Craig Doremus advances to lead the NAHL Junior Titans for the 2016-17 season. Doremus earned a 74-43-12 regular season record through his 3 years with New York.
The Peoria Mustangs hire long time NHL Defenseman David Karpa as Head Coach for 2016-17. Karpa played in 557 NHL games over 12 years which to date is the most for any current Tier 3 Head Coach. Former HC Tyler Rennette will take on an assistant coaching role with the Springfield Jr Blues of the NAHL.
The Philadelphia Revolution hired Jon Rogger as Head Coach for the 2016-17 season. Rogger has years of Head Coaching experience at both the Tier 2 and Tier 1 level.
Bill McCreary III takes over as GM, Head Recruiting and Coach for the Skylands Kings for the teams second season and inaugural season in the NA3HL. McCreary comes to the team with SPHL Coaching experience.
South Shore Kings
John Gurskis takes over as head coach for the South Shore Kings Premier squad. Gurkis has coached on the South Shore Kings youth teams for 7 years. Gurskis replaces Scott Harlow who has accepted a scouting position with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.
Texas Jr Brahmas
Al Rooney steps up to full time Assistant Coach for the Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL) after leading the the Texas Jr Brahmas to a 61-24-9 record and back to back playoff appearances over the past two seasons. Rooney will remain in an Assistant Coaching role with the Jr Brahmas.
The Minnesota Flying Aces were sold and relocated to Willmar Minnesota and renamed the Willmar Warhawks. Chris Blaisuis was named Head Coach for the inaugural season. For the past 6 seasons Blaisuis has been the Midwest Regional Scout for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, NAHL.