David Nies, who spent last season as the Director of Analytics for the Merrimack men’s hockey team, has been hired by the Amarillo Bulls (NAHL) as an assistant coach.
“I’m very excited to get working right away,” Nies said in a press release. “I’m so fortunate to work for a great ownership group and Coach Russo and to be part of the Amarillo family.
“It’s a top notch organization and Coach Russo and I spoke at length and can’t wait to get rolling. I think I can bring a strong work ethic, show up to work every day and be excited to be there. I have a passion for the game, to teach players and help them develop and that whole aspect of it. Winning is one thing and yes it is important, but we want to make sure we bring good people into there and work it the right way.”
Amarillo hired a new head coach, Rocky Russo, earlier this offseason.
“I am excited to add David to our staff,” he said. “His experience as both a player and a coach at the NCAA level will be a tremendous asset for the Bulls organization. I expect David to make an impact not just on our hockey club but also the community. He is very excited to join us on the staff, as well as move to Amarillo and become a part of this great city.”
Troy Thibodeau served in the same position for the Warriors in 2015-16, and he was hired by UMass Lowell last summer to head up hockey operations.
Prior to Merrimack, Nies was an assistant coach with Curry College and also served as an assistant with the University of Ohio.--
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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