The Knoxville Ice Bears are pleased to announce that, as of this afternoon, Scott Hillman will lead the Ice Bears team as the new head coach. He will replace former Head Coach Jim Bermingham, who recently left the organization for personal reasons. Hillman comes to the Ice Bears with a substantial hockey background, as player and a coach.
A native of Ontario, Canada, Hillman obtained a Master’s Degree at the University of Windsor, where he was also the highest scoring defenseman in the nation. Hillman went on to have a successful career with the Odessa Jackalopes of the Central Hockey League. He was the player/assistant coach for three years under the direction of Don McKee. During that time, he earned many other accolades, including 3-time team captain of the CHL All-Star team and the CHL Man of the Year for Community Involvement. Most recently, Hillman has worked as the President/Owner of Next Level Sports.
Naming a new head coach is one of the many important steps that the Ice Bears organization has taken recently to improve the outlook of the organization and the upcoming season. “We have worked hard over the past few years to develop a loyal fan base and educate people that hockey exists in Knoxville. It is now time to ensure that our organization is first class. We want our staffing changes to have a direct, positive impact on the atmosphere of the games and the level of play demonstrated within our team,” says Mike Murray, Ice Bears President & General Manager.
Assistant Coach Marc Rodgers had this to say about the new hire. “I am very pleased that the Ice Bears have hired a new coach and are moving forward toward a great season. First impressions are very big in life, and mine in particular. And with that said, Scott Hillman has made a very good first impression with me. He is very enthusiastic, professional and knowledgeable. Which again are all great traits to have. I will work very closely with him and help him has much as he wants. He will pick up where Mike Murray and I have left with the players and the team.”
Scott Hillman will step in immediately to continue the recruiting process. Currently, nine players from last year’s team have agreed to return. Overall, the Ice Bears will invite an estimated 25 players to training camp, which is scheduled to begin on October 15.
A press conference will be held on Friday, September 21 to introduce Head Coach Scott Hillman to the Knoxville community. The press conference will be held at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium off of Howard Baker Jr. Drive at 11:00 a.m.
Story Courtesy: The Knoxville Ice Bears