Jets hire Shuchuk as new coach
The Janesville Jets have a new head coach.
Gary Shuchuk was named Saturday to replace Joe Dibble, who resigned Aug. 1 after five years as the head coach and general manager of one of the North American Hockey League’s elite programs.
Shuchuk was a star player at the University of Wisconsin and helped lead the Badgers to the 1990 NCAA Division I championship. He was a fiirst team All-American in 1990 and the WCHA’s Most Valuable Player.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to coach the Jets,” Shuchuk said. “I can’t wait to get the players here in training camp next weekend.
“I want to thank Joe Dibble for his hard work and dedication to making the Janesville Jets one of the top programs in the NAHL. I know the Jets have great community and fan support and am looking forward to bringing a Robertson Cup championship to the City of Janesville.
Shuchuk spent the past seven years as an assistant coach at Wisconsin and Michigan Tech in the Big Ten and WCHA, respectively.
“Joe Dibble left some very big shoes to fill in Janesville. But we are very excited to get someone of Gary’s caliber as our new head coach,” Jets President Bill McCoshen said. “We believe Gary can build on the success we have had in recent years.
“The Jets priority will continue to be on player development and advancement. Gary was a tremendous D1 player and played many years of pro hockey before coaching at the D1 level. He knows first-hand what it takes to get to the next level and that knowledge will be critical to our player’s development.”
The Jets are the defending Midwest Division champions and open the NAHL season on Sept. 16.