Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Lincoln Stars Name Head Coach

I'm sure this isn't much of news anymore, but here we go.

McGroarty Named Stars Head Coach

July 3, 2007

The Lincoln Stars today announced that Jimmy McGroarty has been named head coach and general manager of the team, effective immediately. McGroarty, an assistant coach for the Stars during the 2006-07 season, had also served as assistant coach of the Omaha Lancers for five seasons prior to his arrival in Lincoln. His appointment comes after Steve Johnson announced his resignation in late May to pursue other business interests. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We wanted to be very deliberate and thorough in the search process so we'd know with confidence that our final candidate had stood up to the best of the available coaches," said Stars President Jim Pflug. "From the many outstanding coaches that applied, we could have easily pointed to three or four of them and felt that they would have done an outstanding job. But, for the past six years, Jimmy has trained under two of the most successful coaches in USHL history; and when you couple that experience with his work ethic and passion for the game, we felt he deserved an opportunity to lead this team into the next era."

The Stars received recommendations and advice from a variety of highly regarded individuals with ties to the USHL, NCAA, NHL and other professional leagues. But two recommendations stood out among the many. They were received from former Stars Carter Camper and Colby Cohen. "Carter and Colby both enthusiastically and genuinely supported Jimmy, citing the impact he had on their personal growth and development during the past season," said Stars co-owner Irv Dana. "You can't buy that kind of unsolicited support, nor could we ignore it."

"I'm excited, honored, and deeply grateful to the Stars organization for this opportunity," said McGroarty. "I've had the unique opportunity of watching two of the USHL's best in Steve Johnson and Mike Hastings. The six years I spent under them has helped me prepare for this challenge. We have the most supportive and loyal fans in junior hockey and they deserve the best. I'm going to do everything in my power to deliver a hard-working, competitive team that will make them proud."

"There are a lot of reasons to be excited about our future," said Pflug. "Jimmy's energy and competitiveness are contagious. He's a proven recruiter that likes to play a very fast-paced, physical style of hockey. We're looking forward to seeing him work with the very talented group of players expected to be on our roster next season."

McGroarty resides in Lincoln with his wife, Cindy, and children Molly and Rutger.

It sounds like Lincoln had quite the list of people who were interested, including a former NHL coach. That NHL coach was rumored to be Ed Olczyk. I know some people hoped the Stars would bring in someone new, but overall I think they will all be happy with McGroarty running the show.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Jimmy. Well deserved! Good luck.

Anonymous said...

McGroarty resides in Lincoln with his wife, Cindy, and children Molly and Rutger.

Rutger McGroarty

Say that ten times fast!

Anonymous said...

You have got to be kidding me! Out of 50 resumes the best this storied franchise could do was this guy. I would ask the question to the ownership DO YOU WANT TO FINISH LAST!

Scott Hunter said...

^^^Another anonymous tough guy.

Do you know McGroarty? Do you know anything about his background? Were you there when the Stars management discussed the pros/cons of each candidate?

Yeah...probably not. Crawl back under your bridge, buddy.

Anonymous said...

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman
Matt Greene to a two-year deal.

Greene, a native of Grand Ledge, Mich., had one goal and nine
assists in 78 games last year in his first full NHL season. The
24-year-old Greene led the Oilers in penalty minutes with 109, and
was second on the team in hits and blocked shots.

He played for the United States at the world championships in Russia, where he recorded two assists.

The signing was announced Wednesday by the team. Financial terms were not released.