The Youngstown Phantoms announced that long-time assistant coach Brad Patterson was named head coach of the team effective immediately. Patterson has been with the organization since the 2009-10 season and replaces John Wroblewski (Team USA) as the Phantoms bench boss.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity and thank the Loney family, the Zoldan family and Jason Koehler for supporting me throughout my time with the Youngstown Phantoms,” said Patterson. “I’ve been privileged to work with outstanding head coaches over the years including Curt Carr (Merrick College), Anthony Noreen (Orlando Solar Bears), and John. During my time with each of them I gained valuable experience and appreciation for various coaching styles, but more importantly was always treated as an equal.”
Patterson’s hockey background spans from growing up in a hockey family in Cranbrook, British Columbia to playing four years at Michigan Tech followed by seven years with several professional teams in the United States and Europe. Following his playing career Patterson began his coaching career as the assistant coach with the Phantoms in 2009.
During his tenure with the team, he’s coached 13 that were selected in the NHL Draft or signed a NHL contract, more than 90 players commit to play NCAA Division 1 hockey, went to the Clark Cup Playoffs three times, and was part of the 2014-15 Anderson Cup Champion team that also broke the USHL record for most consecutive wins.
“I’m looking forward to expanding the hockey culture we’ve created and focus on developing hardworking, honest, detailed, and energetic players; all qualities that represent our Valley,” said Patterson. “This precedent will start at our tryout camp this week and will continue to be ingrained in our players throughout the season.”
“I’ve been fortunate to have worked with Brad during the past six seasons and know that current and incoming players will not only learn from Brad, but will also enjoy playing the game under his mentorship,” said Youngstown general manager Jason Koehler. “Brad has an exceptional hockey mind and handle on the league and level of players the USHL attracts.”
"Aafke and I are thrilled Brad has accepted the head coaching position. Brad is familiar with the players, the USHL as a league, the Youngstown area, and the Phantoms organization,” said Youngstown Phantoms co-owner Troy Loney. “He possesses the interpersonal and coaching skills necessary for us to have continued success in the community and in the league.”
“We have had the pleasure of working with Brad over the past several years with the youth hockey programs at the Ice Zone and with the Youngstown Phantoms team,” said Phantoms co-owner Bruce Zoldan. “Brad has demonstrated his commitment both to the hockey program and the greater Youngstown community. We are most fortunate to have him as an integral part of the hockey family in Youngstown.”
Patterson resides in Boardman, OH with his wife, Holly, and their one-year-old son, Tucker.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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