Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Stevens Point, WI- After his team reached the top of the mountain in 2016 as national champions, the question of who would replace Chris Brooks at UW-Stevens Point was one of the hottest topics of this offseason after the Pointers bench boss moved on to an assistant position at Michigan Tech.
On Thursday, the school made an announcement that renders that question a short-lived one, while bringing back another familiar face to the staff to ease the transition. UW-Stevens Point has announced that associate head coach Tyler Krueger will assume the duties of interim men's head coach for the upcoming season, and also announced the hiring of former captain Evan Dixon as an assistant coach.
"We are excited to have Tyler take the reins for the 2017-18 season," Stevens Point Athletic Director Brad Duckworth said. "He is a bright hockey mind and we saw great value in keeping consistency with this highly successful program."
Krueger has been with the program for the past seven seasons under Brooks, and has spent the past three on the coaching staff as an assistant or associate coach. During his coaching tenure, the Pointers qualified for three NCAA tournaments, two NCAA title games, and won one national title in 2016.
The success on the bench directly compounded off of a strong playing career for Krueger, as he was part of a group that improved the direction and culture of the Point program. The Stevens Point native played in 79 games with 22 career points, and was the captain of the school's 2014 national runner-up squad before moving into coaching.
Another Pointer captain, Evan Dixon, makes the move to coaching as an assistant after a professional season with the SPHL's Fayetteville Fireantz. Dixon skated in 56 games in the 2016-17 campaign and posted 18 points after a four year career at Stevens Point that included the school's fifth national title.
Both appointments will be for the upcoming 2017-18 season, with a search expected to begin for a permanent head coach in the next offseason.