Texas Stars Name Head Coach and Assistant Coach
Glen Gulutzan is the first-ever head coach for the Texas Stars
By Mark Fagan,
5:13PM, Tue. Jun. 16, 2009
Following a thrilling Stanley Cup Finals where the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in a dramatic game seven – in Detroit – the Texas Stars have announced their first-ever head coach, Glen Gulutzan, and their first-ever assistant coach, Paul Jerrard. The Texas Stars is to the Dallas Stars what the Round Rock Express is to the Houston Astros. Their minor-league affiliate directly below the big leaguers. What this means for Central Texans is exciting fast-paced hockey played at a skill level just barely below that of the NHL. Hockey does not translate to television well at all, hence the games being shown on Versus as opposed to ESPN, but live and in person it is simply one of the most exciting sports there is.
Gulutzan previously spent six years as the general manager and head coach for the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL. He compiled a record of 254-124-55, including 100-plus points in three consecutive seasons (2005-2008) – a first for any team in the 20-year history of the ECHL. Gulutzan led the Wranglers to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2008 and the Conference Finals in 2009. The Wranglers made the playoffs in five of the six seasons that Gulutzan ran the show and he was named ECHL Coach of the Year in 2005-06. “Glen Gulutzan is a very talented coach who gets the most out of his teams,” said Texas Stars General Manager Scott White. “He is very good at working with young players and developing talent. We are very pleased to have him as the first head coach of the Texas Stars Hockey Club.”
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