Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Breaking News: Drew Schoneck Out in Tri-City

Tri-City Storm head coach and general manager, Drew Schoneck, has been relieved of his duties. Assistant coach, Josh Hauge, has been named the new head coach and general manager for the Storm.

“It’s never easy, and something that I have agonized over every loss,” said Storm Owner Kirk Brooks. “I didn’t see anything that was showing us the signs that the spark was in the kids. I promised this town a championship, and I’m determined more now than ever to do that. I felt the change was necessary at this point and time.”

This firing comes right on the heels of Omaha firing Bliss Littler. Unlike the Littler firing, this one people probably saw coming a little more. In his stint in Kearney, which lasted just over 2 seasons, Schoneck compiled a record of 54-70-17. Schoneck made a few trades prior to him being relieved, including acquiring NHL draft pick, Adam Wilcox, to shore up the goaltending position. He also picked up Josh Henke from Muskegon in hopes of helping boost the offense. Schoneck was in a unique situation, and did not have a guaranteed contract like Littler. In that scenario, Schoneck really could never feel comfortable or safe with his job.

The Storm have scored a mere 362 goals in Schoneck's time, while allowing 466. In that same time, Indiana has scored 507 goals, and Green Bay 486, while giving up 414 and 314, respectively. The Storm are on a stretch where they have won 3 out of their last 10, and just 6 on the season.

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