Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - Submitted by Lincoln Stars
The Lincoln Stars announced today that Jimmy McGroarty has been named Head Coach and General Manager of the team, replacing Chad Johnson, who has resigned for personal and health reasons.
Johnson compiled a record of 116-71-12 during his three seasons with the Stars, including a USHL Western Conference regular season championship in 2011-12.
“Chad has indicated to us that he’d like to return to Fargo so that he can be closer to his family, and address some health issues before they become more serious,” said Stars’ President Jim Pflug. “Chad came in under difficult circumstances, and along with Jimmy McGroarty, helped restore the winning attitude that our organization is known for. He’s a great coach and friend, and we appreciate the sacrifices he’s made on our behalf. We’re sorry to see him leave the Stars organization, but support his decision 100%.”
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to lead the Stars over the past three seasons,” said Johnson. “It was truly an honor for me to do something I love in front of the best fans in the league, and I really appreciate the support they’ve shown me. I’ll especially miss the interaction with the players, and wish them (and the Stars organization) nothing but the best.”
McGroarty led the Stars for three seasons from 2007-2010 with an 84-75-21 record and two USHL Playoff semi-final appearances. “In Jimmy, we have a proven coach with 10 years of experience in the USHL. He’s been extremely loyal throughout his career with us, and he’s ready to lead this team. The players respect him, I know they’ll play hard for him, and he’ll give us everything he has to compete for a Clark Cup Championship,” said Pflug.
“I strongly believe that life offers you second chances, and I’m thankful to the Stars for this opportunity,” said McGroarty. “In my years of coaching in the USHL, I’ve had the privilege to work with three of the top coaches in the league’s history (Mike Hastings, Steve Johnson, and Chad). Each had their own style, and I’ve learned a lot from all of them, but the one thing that I’ll take from Chad is his ability to maintain a calm confidence on the bench while defending his players in every situation. I’m a passionate and emotional coach that hates to lose, and I plan to make the most of this second chance.”
McGroarty expects to name an assistant coach within the next few days.
The Stars begin their regular season on Friday, September 27th vs. Cedar Rapids at the Ice Box. For ticket information, call 402-474-7827, ext. 1.