The new head coach of the Green Bay Gamblers will be St. Louis Bandits (NAHL) head coach Jon Cooper. However, don't look for an announcement right away: the Bandits are in the playoffs, so the hiring is being kept on the QT.
Everybody we spoke to on Friday had a positive reaction to this hire. The Div. I assistants gave him a thumbs-up, which is significant because a big part of a USHL coach's job involves interacting with them.
Cooper was almost certainly the #1 choice of the Gamblers from the get-go. The other two finalists were Luke Strand and Kevin Patrick, both former Gamblers' assistants.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Jon Cooper to Green Bay?
USHR is reporting that the Green Bay Gamblers have made their choice. That man is St. Louis Bandits (NAHL) head coach, Jon Cooper. I will post a couple short pieces from the USHR article, and thank you to the anonymous poster who brought it to my attention. Cooper has had a ton of success these past two seasons in St. Louis. Over the last two seasons, Jon has posted a 90-25-7 record, while capturing the NAHL's Robertson Cup. His team is also a main competitor for the Cup again this season, as they just beat Mahoning Valley, which is one of the best teams in the league. Great addition for the Gamblers.