A pair of former Merrimack men’s hockey video coaches have been hired as assistant coaches in the USHL; Troy Thibodeau will join the Tri-City Storm and David Nies will join the Omaha Lancers.
Thibodeau, of Danvers, MA, spent the last two seasons with UMass Lowell as Director of Hockey Operations. During his tenure, the River Hawks program went 44-30-3 during the 2016-2017 & 2017-2018 seasons. UMass Lowell captured a Hockey East Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2017. As Director of Hockey Operations for UMass Lowell, Thibodeau coordinated team travel, oversaw team compliance and camps, and analyzed team video. Prior to his time at UMass Lowell, Thibodeau served as a video coach for Merrimack College during the 2015-2016 season.
“From the first few conversations I had with the Tri-City staff, I could immediately feel their energy, passion, and commitment to the organization. It felt like a real team atmosphere, and a first class organization that places a huge emphasis on the development of its players,” Thibodeau said. “Joining the Storm staff gives me the opportunity to be around good people, and work with an age group of players who are in an important stage of their development process.”
Nies arrives in Omaha after serving as the assistant coach for the Amarillo Bulls of the NAHL. Prior to Amarillo, he served as the Video Coordinator and Director of Analytics for the Merrimack College men’s hockey team in 2016-17.
“I’m honored that Coach Wilkie and the organization have awarded me the opportunity work with the Omaha Lancers,” Nies said. “The Lancers’ mission and unwavering commitment to excellence are second to none, and I look forward to building upon it this season.”