Wednesday, June 23, 2010

We Have a Coach!

As mentioned in the post yesterday, the Everblades held a big press conference today. They finally named the new coach for next season. Greg Poss is the new head coach for the Everblades (player and coaching stats here). He's spent the last 10 years or so coaching in Germany, and as you can see, his German is pretty good.

Because I was forced to take Spanish in high school, I had to google translate his German wikipedia entry, which is pretty interesting...
"By the early end of his playing career was Greg Poss has 25 years coach of the Swedish clubs Olofström IK. Then he came to Germany, where he trained first Sonthofen and the EC Timmendorfer beach. With the Iserlohn Roosters, which he coached from 1997, it rose to 2000 in the DEL. In spite of the smallest budgets in the league by far, the Roosters under Poss 2002/03 narrowly missed the entry in the play-offs. Then he was voted Best Coach DEL ". In 1996 he was Iserlohn, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001 Coach of the Year. In the following season of Americans switched to the Nuremberg Ice Tigers. With them he won the 2003/04 and 2004/05 respectively fifth place As the successor of Stéphane Richer, he took on 14 December 2005, the Adler Mannheim. Now after you missed the play-offs 2005/06, 2006/07 Poss reached with the eagles from the double cup final and championship. After a poor start and a bust series, he was on 22 December 2007 in Mannheim dismissed and replaced by Dave King."
"Since 1 October 2004 Poss managed in a dual role, the German national ice hockey team. After completion of the 2004/2005 season, he resigned his post at the Ice Tigers. The German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB), finishing it in early February 2005 from a permanent contract, although the recent results were not as positive. When Germany's Cup in 2004 we lost four times in four games and a four-nation tournament in Budapest was subject to Canada and the Slovak Republic. A disgrace was prevented by a tight 4-3 against the hosts Hungary. In preparation for the World Cup in 2005, it ran better against the U.S. you just missed with a 2:3 a surprise victory in Belarus as one even 4:1. At the World Cup could be on the other hand celebrate any victory in the preliminary round, so we moved into the relegation round. The German national team got there three points from three games and went off as the second last Relegation in the B group. Subsequently, the criticism in the media is greater and there were rumors of a detachment of Poss. Poss, however, remained, despite protests from the DEB national coach. The former assistant coach Ernst Höfner and Bernhard Englbrecht were replaced by Uwe Krupp and Klaus Merk. On 14 December 2005 his contract was terminated, a day later, Uwe Krupp announced as his successor." 
I'm pretty excited about the new coach, his coaching stats are pretty decent. It's of course too early to get really excited, and we won't know how good of a coach he really is until the season starts. October can't get here fast enough.

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