Merrimack College has promoted Curtis Carr to associate head coach. Carr, who is entering his fourth season behind the Merrimack bench, fills the spot vacated by Glenn Stewart, who will leave the Merrimack program to become the associate head coach at New Hampshire, his alma mater. That move should be official shortly; state law in New Hampshire requires the job be posted publicly for 10 days.
With Carr moving into the associate head coach position, Merrimack will hire Bill Gilligan to its staff, once Stewart’s move is official.
Carr is beginning his new position immediately.
“Curtis has had a huge impact on our program in a short time,” Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy said. “His influence has broadened and he has had a hand in every facet of Merrimack Hockey.”
Prior to joining Merrimack, Carr was the head coach and general manager of the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL). Carr spent five years in the Phantom organization, also serving as associate head coach and director of player development. He was named interim head coach of the Phantoms on February 16, 2010 but had the interim tag removed on April 1, 2010, with just two games remaining in the Phantoms’ inaugural season at the Tier I USHL level.
“I couldn’t be happier to be continuing my coaching career at Merrimack would like to thank Mark Dennehy for the promotion to associate head coach,” Carr said. “I would also like to extend my thanks to [Director of Athletics] Jeremy Gibson for supporting the move. My family and I are excited and I look forward to continuing to work to elevate Merrimack Hockey to new heights.”
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report, as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN