The Lone Star Brahmas, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have announced that Dan Wildfong has been named the team’s new head coach. Wildfong’s duties will begin immediately. Wildfong is a native of Clinton, Ontario and comes with a wealth of head coaching experience in the Central Hockey League (CHL).
“We are proud of Dan’s accomplishments as a coach and member of our extended hockey family,” said NYTEX Sports and Texas Hockey Partners Owner and President Frank Trazzera. “His leadership and hard work have been instrumental in defining the Brahmas brand of hockey for our all of youth, junior and professional players.”
During the previous six seasons, Wildfong has been the Head Coach and General Manager for the Texas/Ft. Worth Brahmas, who played in the CHL. Last season, he was named the CHL Coach of the Year as he led the Brahmas to the teams 30+ win season and sixth consecutive postseason appearance since he took over for the 2007-08 campaign. Widlfong also won his 200th career professional game with the Brahmas last season.
“I am excited and honored for this great opportunity in the NAHL,” said Wildfong. “To be a part of assisting young players develop and move on to NCAA Division I and Division III schools is an incredible role for me to take on. I'm ready to begin this journey along with a great ownership group, NYTEX, and begin a successful transition from the pro ranks to the juniors.”
In six seasons behind the bench, Wildfong has posted a 217-137-36 record in the regular season. He was one of only two coaches in franchise history with a winning record. His 217 wins are the most in franchise history, well above the next highest total. In 2009, Wildfong led the Brahmas to a 12-4 record and a Ray Miron President’s Cup Championship, eliminating the Colorado Eagles in game five of the CHL Finals.
One of the things that may suit Wildfong well in the NAHL is that like most of the players he will be coaching, Wildfong played collegiately in the NCAA. He was a four-year lettermen for Colgate University in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). He then went onto a nine-year professional career, which included stops in the United Hockey League (UHL), Central Hockey League (CHL) and Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL).
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