Former Tri-City Storm head coach and general manager Bill Muckalt has accepted the position of Associate Head Coach at the University of Michigan, the school announced Tuesday. Muckalt completed his second season with the Storm in April and directed Tri-City to its only Clark Cup Championship in 2016.
The Storm moved to find a new head coach and general manager after the conclusion of the season as Muckalt pursued higher opportunities.
The 42-year-old starred at the University of Michigan for four years from 1994-98, winning two National Championships in 1996 and 1998. He scored 105 goals and 226 total points during his four-year college career and was named a first team All-American and a Hobey Baker finalist as a senior in 1998.
Along the way to the Storm’s first Clark Cup, Tri-City finished 9-2 while scoring the most goals-per-game and allowing the fewest goals-per-game. Two players from the championship team were selected at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft – Wade Allison (Philadelphia Flyers) and Brandon Duhaime (Minnesota Wild). Allison won 2016 Clark Cup MVP and set the Storm’s postseason record with nine goals in 11 contests.
In 2015-16, the Storm went 28-15-10-7 (73 points) and clinched the Western Conference regular season title for the second time. Tri-City went on a team-record 13-game point streak from Feb. 12 – March 19 that moved the club into first place.
This season, Muckalt helped develop standouts Linus Weissbach (19G, 28A), and Adam Goodsir (16G,10A), the team's top goal scorers. The two were among five Storm players selected for the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, tied for most in the League. Additionally, three Tri-City players represented the U.S. Junior Select Team and won a gold medal at the 2016 World Jr. A Challenge.
The Storm established a single-season record for fewest penalty minutes in 2016-17, taking a league-low 714 PIMs. In 2015-16, Tri-City was also the most-disciplined team in the league, amassing 726 penalty minutes.
Muckalt, a native of Surrey, British Columbia, compiled a regular season record of 49-46-16-9 in two seasons.
Muckalt worked with Michigan Head Coach Mel Pearson at Michigan Tech from 2011-15. Pearson accepted the head coaching job at Michigan in April. In 2014-15, Muckalt and Pearson guided Michigan Tech to the No. 1 National Ranking and its first NCAA tournament berth in 24 years.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 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.