Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Aurora, IL- Aurora University has reached far beyond the windy city in finding their next men's head coach. The school has announced that Jason Bloomingburg, head coach of the USPHL's Florida Eels, will take the reins of the program for the upcoming season.
"I am very pleased to have an individual with the character and winning experience of Jason Bloomingburg join the AU family," Director of Athletics Jim Hamad said in the school's release,"His track record of success as a head coach is an ideal fit for our hockey program."
Bloomingburg hops into the fold with Aurora after a four year run with the Eels, who compete in the USPHL Elite division, and were also members of the former EJHL South during that span. He won 124 games across those four seasons, won a pair of division titles, and was the league's 2013 coach of the year.
Prior to his time in the USPHL, Bloomingburg previously served as an assistant coach with the North American Hockey League's Texas Tornado, where he also played at the Junior A level.
Bloomingburg also enjoyed a successful playing career, dividing his collegiate eligibility between Providence College, and later Wayne State, where he became captain and held the school's career goal scoring record. He was also a Hobey Baker Finalist during his time at Wayne State. Bloomingburg parlayed his collegiate prowess into a three year stint in the East Coast Hockey League after receiving his bachelor's degree from Wayne State.
He takes over for Aurora's original head coach, Ryan Buchanan, who does not return for a third season after producing just three wins across the program's first two years.