Posted 2 years 60 days ago ago by David Fine
Two-time NCAA national champion returns to alma mater
Kearney, Neb. – 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. In May 2017, Anthony Noreen replaced Muckalt as Storm Head Coach and General Manager.
The Storm moved to find a new Head Coach and General Manager after the conclusion of the season as Muckalt pursued higher opportunities.
"I'm very proud what we were able to accomplish, earning 2016 USHL Organization of the Year and winning the Clark Cup," said Muckalt. "I want to thank Storm Owner Mr. Kirk Brooks for giving me the opportunity, our players for their hard work and everyone affiliated with the Storm. I would also like to wish Coach Noreen the best of luck."
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, scored the most goals a game and allowed the fewest a contest. The Storm swept the 2016 Clark Cup Final, 3-0, against Dubuque. Two players from the championship club were selected at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft – Wade Allison (2nd round, Philadelphia) and Brandon Duhaime (4th round, Minnesota). Allison won 2016 Clark Cup M.V.P. 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 February 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 circuit. 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 and were assessed 726.
The native of Surrey, BC had 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 the team to the No. 1 National Ranking and its first NCAA tournament berth in 24 years.
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