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burd
06-02-2015, 12:19 PM
North Dakota has yet to fill an assistant position to fill Berry's spot. It might be worse, as I understand Dane Jackson is contemplating going to Philly with Hakstol. So UND may have some serious assistant issues too.

WiscTJK
06-02-2015, 12:40 PM
North Dakota has yet to fill an assistant position to fill Berry's spot. It might be worse, as I understand Dane Jackson is contemplating going to Philly with Hakstol. So UND may have some serious assistant issues too.

just makes the available pool of qualified coaches even smaller.....

burd
06-02-2015, 12:42 PM
More people after the same bodies.

If I'm an assistant with HC aspirations, and I'm sure they all have them, UW would be attractive. It would be in any case.

HCSmooth
06-02-2015, 12:51 PM
More people after the same bodies.

If I'm an assistant with HC aspirations, and I'm sure they all have them, UW would be attractive. It would be in any case.

It might be, unless you believe that the sitting head coach's job is in jeopardy if another substandard season is had in 15-16. And, let's be fair, what reason do any of us have to think that 15-16 won't be bad?

UWisco
06-02-2015, 05:10 PM
Per sources: Luke Strand agrees to a two-year deal to be an assistant coach.

Chuck Schwartz
06-02-2015, 05:11 PM
Per sources: Luke Strand agrees to a two-year deal to be an assistant coach.

By sources you mean Andy Baggot

UWisco
06-02-2015, 05:16 PM
By sources you mean Andy Baggot

Yes sir

Badger Booster
06-02-2015, 05:20 PM
Not to jump the gun on this, but any thoughts on who Eaves/Strand will be targeting for the #2 spot?

Chuck Schwartz
06-02-2015, 05:28 PM
Not that anyone doubted the validity of the report, but I can confirm that Strand has been hired. Deal was wrapped up last night.

MadCityRich
06-02-2015, 08:07 PM
Horrible stats? He was 27-24-9 and 31-23-6 in his two years in Sioux City as head coach. 24-25-11 as an expansion coach this season which exceeded expectations. As a GM in Sioux City last year he built the roster for the SC squad that won the West division with a 38-17-5 record this year.

He's one of the only qualified candidates that is dialed into the Team Wisconsin program and the state as a whole. He's extremely well liked in Wisconsin and in USHL circles. He'd be an outstanding recruiter and he's a very good coach. Experience at the junior, college, and pro levels.

I understand I'm biased here, but he checks about every box on the wish list at this point.

Horrible was probably a bit harsh, but at S.C. he was barely above .500 and that's all I was looking at. I don't know him or I don't know anybody who knows him, so I can't judge his character. I trust your words!

*Cowering*

Chuck Schwartz
06-02-2015, 08:33 PM
USHL source said JB Bittner (Tri-City assistant coach) is the favorite to get the other job. We'll see. I think they'd prefer to get a coach with more experience coaching defensemen.

IndianaBadger1995
06-02-2015, 08:50 PM
Hallelujah!! We finally got one assistant coach! Now we won't hear complaining of "it's been x amount of time without a hiring what the hell is Eaves doing!?" At least I hope...

WiscTJK
06-02-2015, 09:27 PM
Hallelujah!! We finally got one assistant coach! Now we won't hear complaining of "it's been x amount of time without a hiring what the hell is Eaves doing!?" At least I hope...

Now he has a second coach and two forwards to get signed. Tick tick tick.....

WiscTJK
06-02-2015, 09:31 PM
Chuck Andy, what college experience does Strand have? Does Bittner have any college experience?

IndianaBadger1995
06-02-2015, 10:14 PM
Now he has a second coach and two forwards to get signed. Tick tick tick.....

I'm impressed, it lasted for only 37 minutes. Seems someone posts this daily... Like all of us don't already know what needs to be done. Must just be a way to bash on Eaves any chance possible. It gets rather tiring hearing all the constant ****ing about him.

IndianaBadger1995
06-02-2015, 11:20 PM
Chuck Andy, what college experience does Strand have?

I know you didn't ask me but here's (http://www.madcapshockey.com/page/show/1075069-coaching-staff) what I found on Strand's coaching career:


He began his coaching career as an assistant with Division III power St. Norbert College (NCHA). During his time at St. Norbert College under Tim Coghlin the Knights won the NCHA Peters Cup and made it to the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in team history. Lukeís coaching and recruiting contributed to what came to be the beginning of the tradition of the NCAA tournament bound Green Knights.

The Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) was the next opportunity as Assistant coach / Assistant GM for two seasons (2003-05). In the two seasons spent with the Gamblers, Strand recruited and drafted 7 NHL picks, including current NHL star Blake Wheeler. Along with the NHL picks came 26 D-I scholarship players.

After a move to Eau Claire, WI to become the Head Coach of his Alma Mater for two seasons, while also serving as the Assistant to the Athletic Director, Strand jumped to the American Hockey League (AHL) as an Assistant coach with the Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wildís AHL Affiliate). For a pair of seasons (2007-09) he worked alongside Kevin Constantine and Troy G. Ward. Lukeís time spent in Houston would develop 12 full time NHL players and 19 total NHL players. You can see todayís NHL lineups full of players that Strand aided in developing.

Strand then returned to the USHL to serve two seasons as Head Coach and GM of the Sioux City Musketeers. Lukeís time spent in Sioux City brought them back into the playoffs after an eight-year drought while accumulating a 58-47-15 record. The USHL team recorded 29 D-I scholarship players, highly touted college free agents Dan Dekeyser and Ryan Carpenter while having 5 NHL picks, including first round selection Jordan Schmaltz.

The Calgary Flames were the next team to reach out to Luke for his services to work as an Assistant Coach with their affiliate team the Abbotsford Heat (AHL). In Strandís tenure in Abbotsford, his team won a division title while projecting 21 players into the NHL ranks.

The 2013-2014 season brought more success and exposure for his players as Strand was the coach of the 2014 Midget U-16 AAA National Championship team. Additionally he served as the General Manager of the Sioux City Musketeers. While in Sioux City he managed the club to bench marks in wins and points while moving to the Western Division Finals.

Bolded are things I like to see.

WiscTJK
06-02-2015, 11:35 PM
I'm impressed, it lasted for only 37 minutes. Seems someone posts this daily... Like all of us don't already know what needs to be done. Must just be a way to bash on Eaves any chance possible. It gets rather tiring hearing all the constant ****ing about him.

Yep he should have been fired so I will continue to bash away.

Maybe just maybe he has something with strand. There is a bit of hope there.....

IndianaBadger1995
06-03-2015, 12:44 AM
Yep he should have been fired so I will continue to bash away.

Maybe just maybe he has something with strand. There is a bit of hope there.....

Your point has been known for quite awhile and bashing away on forums isn't going to do anything other than annoy people. We all get it. Most of us, including myself, agree he should have been fired after this past season.

Strand definitely sounds better now than when he was mentioned after the big three said no. Seems to be a good recruiter and coach. He'll probably increase our likelihood of being able to sign top athletes in Wisconsin and not let them go away.

Wisko McBadgerton
06-03-2015, 07:32 AM
Does Bittner have any college experience?

Bittner played for OSU and was a forward on some pretty good teams there. Was Captain his Senior year. After bouncing around the AHL/ECHL for a few years as a player he returned to OSU as an assistant for 3 years and left when OZ was hired. Spent a couple of years coaching at South Carolina in the ECHL before moving to Tri City before the 13-14 season where he has coached D since.

Not super experienced but has been well regarded. Maybe could be considered as an "up and comer" type guy.

Timothy A
06-03-2015, 07:47 AM
USHL source said JB Bittner (Tri-City assistant coach) is the favorite to get the other job. We'll see. I think they'd prefer to get a coach with more experience coaching defensemen.

Baggot mentioned an assistant from the USDP is also a candidate for the 2nd job. He may be a good choice from a recruiting angle at the program with a connection to Granato, but I don't know of his other experience.