Friday, April 9, 2010

Chad Johnson Named Stars Head Coach, McGroarty To Stay On Staff

Wow, so much for a boring end to the week. Brent Wagner posted late Thursday night that the Lincoln Stars will have a new head coach next season, Chad Johnson, younger brother of former Stars Head Coach Steve Johnson and current associate head coach with the Fargo Force.

Johnson was an assistant in Lincoln in the first three years' of the Stars existence. Johnson will also serve as general manager.

The even more interesting part is that Jimmy McGroarty will remain on Lincoln's staff as associate head coach. Nick Fouts will continue to coach in Lincoln as well. Johnson and McGroarty have coached together before, and Johnson had no reservations about keeping McGroarty on staff.

Here is the official announcement made by Stars President Jim Pflug.  Click here to read it.

New head coach Chad Johnson did a radio interview today with "Tim" and "The Animal" at 104.1 The Blaze.  Click here to listen.

VERY interesting.


4/18 Update:  This is an interview Chad did with the local 10/11 news station.  Click here to watch the video.  Sounds like Chad will be very busy this Spring and Summer.  Nice to see he's actually coming down to Lincoln to do some work in between his Fargo Force games.

101 comments:

nutz4puckz said...

HOLY COW!! Even with all the anonymous posts, did not see this one coming, at ALL.

concerned player parent said...

One bad season! Jimmy lost in the semi-finals in his first 2 seasons! The stars let a few housing parents make this move

Anonymous said...

WOW-so the rumors were true. Never doubt them again lol. Glad to see Chad back in the black & blue. Not sure what went down-maybe the lost revenue from ticket sales and concessions this year or the lack of people rushing to buy season tickets for next year. I hope everyone gives Chad a chance. He has had a lot of success with this age group of kids and can obviously spot talent. Is anyone taking bets on whether Jimmy will stick around? Awful big demotion to take.

Anonymous said...

Give it to the annon posters once again for the news. I would be shocked if Jimmy stays the entire year. This was a way for the organization to get around buying him out of his contract. If he's not happy, he can always walk away on his own.

Yeti said...

Thanks for posting this, BT.

Wow, wow, and double wow. I woke up this morning, checked my email, and was really shocked to see that the Stars made this move. Everything I was hearing on my end indicated that McG would be back next season as the head coach.

It is very interesting that McG and Fouts will remain as assistant coaches. Personally, I'm not sure I like the dynamics of having a former head coach who was demoted still on the bench, but that's just my opinion. I'm not sure if Chad Johnson asked the Stars management if he could keep McG, or if the Stars management asked Johnson if he could keep McG. Normally when a hockey club hires a head coach, that person comes in with his own group of assistants. I really hope it works, but it just seems like a very strange deal to me.

I was happy to read that Chad will be the new GM as well. He's certainly familiar with the Stars organization, its fans, and how passionate we are. He's a name that prospective players and their parents shoudl be familiar with. He has head coaching experience, and a ton of USHL assistant coaching experience under two very good coaches (Steve Johnson, Dean Blais). I believe Chad was an assistant here when Nick Fouts was a player, so he should be familiar with Nick.

I'm just not a fan of demoting a head coach and keeping him around. The dynamics could get all screwed up. I'm just a fan who runs a blog, but if I were running my own hockey team, and I decided to bring in a new head coach, I'd most likely want to start fresh and let my HC bring in his own people.

Very interesting news. Hope to hear from all of our blog readers today.

section g rowdy said...

For the fans who rallied around jimmy and the boys thru a tough season thank you. for the fans that always had something bad to say bout the club this yr shame on u.and for the owners of the stars i cant believe after ONE bad season you would bring in a new head coach. but most of all thank you coach for stayin here for the fans that believe in you and love you and your family we appricate everything that you have given to us as fans!!!

Anonymous said...

People remember the first two seasons for Coach M. were left over players from Johnson, this last season was all Coach M. recruits, what does that tell you????

I know if I was demoted at work that bad I wouldn't stick around.

Anonymous said...

I am really surprised by this. I figured the owners would let the McG have one last chance with the upcoming season. If he failed then his contract was up anyway and they let him go. If he succeeded then they look at a new contract. It's been a really strange year, and it keeps getting stranger. I agree with Yeti about this, things could get a whole lot better, or stay bad or get even worse. Then again, as had been stated, it's a way to get McG to quit, which seems a little slimey to me. Time will tell.

Sam I am

Yeti said...

I know we're going to get a lot of comments today...so I'm going to stay this once today, and that's it. I've already had to delete one post because the person resorted to name-calling. Read the rules above. If you can't follow them, don't post. It's that simple.

Thank you.

Hey Hey Whadda Ya Say said...

Welcome back Chad...
This should make for an intense Lincoln-Fargo rivalry.
(Mr. Pflug) I don't agree or disagree with your choice...it is your team, PLEASE consider adding a full-time goalie coach !

LETS GO STARS !!!

concerned player parent said...

So stating we had no talent on this team is OK? I forgot about your rule. I apologize. I appreciated your blog until today! I felt this blog was part of the reason for the coaching change! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Very sad. After 1 bad season and a lot of injuries, they decide to make a change. They should of least let him finish his contract. He should just walk away and take the money they owe him for next year.

Anonymous said...

concerned player parent - Like the owners read this blog? and even if they did I'm sure this was in the makings long ago, it wasn't a decision they came up with overnight after reading the blog.

tzweeb said...

If you read the article, it stated that we were down only 5,000 ticket sales this year so list revenue might not have been the reason foe the change ... I do agree the demotion of coach m is probably to save from buying him out.

BellTolls said...

For the record, Yeti and I were both neutral on whether or not we thought a coaching change was needed. Both of us were shocked to find out.

So, concerned player parent, take your complaints to Jim Pflug, as neither I, nor Yeti had anything to do with this decision. This is just an open forum for fans to express themselves (within reason), just like you had an opportunity to do all season in support of Coach McGroarty.

Anonymous said...

tzweeb,
It's not just the ticket sales. A lot of the empty seats around us belonged to season ticket holders-counted as paid ticket sales. And just imagine all of the concession and beer sales lost. All those things taken into account adds up to big $$$ pretty quick. I really believe if this team had improved the last half of the season (or won over 50% of their home games) Coach M would still be around.

BellTolls said...

Anon at 10:15,

technically he is still around ;) I know, it's going to take some getting used to. I don't think I've heard of a situation like this. Hope it works out though!

Anonymous said...

5000 tickets over 30 games comes out to 166 seats a game. This could have been because of the winter you had or the economy etc.
.. I think owners should listen to fans but not let them run the team.

Hey Hey Whadda Ya Say said...

concerned player parent : Operating your business venture (owning the Stars) based upon the opinions of "unofficial" (or even "official) bloggers would not be wise...Most (if not ALL) of us here are just fans that want to see "our boys" succeed...on the ice...off the ice...and in thier futures...we want excellent, high-energy hockey...and I for one support your son (whomever he is) if he is a Lincoln Star whether we win or lose.

LETS GO STARS !!!

concerned player parent said...

Already have! Thank you! Finally got fed up with football fans trying to understand hockey! My first post was today's and this will be my last. 18 1 goal games by a young team! I don't know if I can say Lincoln hockey fans are that great!

Anonymous said...

A few people got what they wanted! But now with the players that can come back,if they do, and the draft picks Jimmy got this year if next year goes good it will be all Johnsons doing but if we have a bad year again it will be Jimmy's fault. The Stars owners are some group 1 bad year and you are replaced. Anyone herd the ecomomy is down. Just an idea. This reflects bad on the Stars Team. Jim Shafer

Anonymous said...

Jim, don't know how this reflects bad on the Stars Team? This will only benefit them.

"one bad year and you are replaced" not so sure it was all about the losing. But then we'll never know.

I think more than a few people got what they wanted.

Brandon Anderson said...

I dont know if I agree or disagree with this change, I personally like Jimmy but yes something was off and just like in pro sports the coach is the one that gets the blame. It may only be Jr. Hockey but the owners are in this to make money so this was their call right or wrong. Also has anyone thought that maybe Jimmy wanted to stick around and be a ast. coach I know in his time with the Lancers he made a pretty darn good ast. coach

Anonymous said...

Change-hard for most to accept. I also feel that this will be a unique situation with Jimmy as the associated HC. We all witnessed how well it did not work when Jimmy became head coach and kept on Bencurik as an assistant. It did not last very long-either time.

Chad brings a great deal of experience as well as a name that kids across the US will want to play for. And most importantly a name that college coaches respect. I was told that several college coaches would not even speak to Jimmy and had even suggested that college recruits leave Lincoln this year. I do feel that this change will be in the right direction for Lincoln and the young kids that put their hockey future in the hands of the Lincoln coaches.

nutz4puckz said...

Thats great.....12 plus years of hockey and we are still football fans trying to understand hockey. If that's not an unfounded generalization, I'm not sure what is.

I agree Brandon, Jimmy was a great assistant coach. Of course we will have to wait and see how this plays out.

Now back to my book Hockey for Dummies, I apparently need it since I am a Stars fan....

Anonymous said...

Annon 11:25...you couldn't be further from the truth! My son plays and has all kinds of conversations because of Jimmy! So only post what you know to be fact! And if that is true then maybe the scout didn't like the player and used it as an excuse!

Anonymous said...

Replacing Steve with Chad is like replacing your dog and giving him the same name! LOL LOL

Anonymous said...

10 yrs with one Johnson he got tired of Lincoln 3 with Jimmy who's over all record is a winning one! To another Johnson who may not be his brother! Sounds like the stars wrote that book!

Brandon Anderson said...

Hey can I borrow that book when you done??? Im still trying to figure out what that black thing they keep hitting around is....

Anonymous said...

To me it comes down to a few questions that only the staff know the answer to:
1: How far down was attendance this year (not ticket sales)and how did it affect concession sales?
2: What has been the response to new season ticket sales this year?
3: When we had players injured why not put them on injured reserve and bring in new kids to try out? ( I know some of this went on but not sure how much)?
4: How is Jimmy (And Chad for that matter) viewed by college coaches as far as developing a player?
5: How is Jimmy viewed by incoming possible draft picks? Do their parents want them to come here?
6: How much are the parents allowed to influence a kids playing time? I know with Steve this was never an issue.
7: Why do we have so few North Dakota/Minnesota kids the last few years? I would think these kids would have a leg up on most high school age kids.
8: how bad has the off-ice problem been this year? When you hear of kids going to the emergency room for stitches and overdoses somethings not right
OK enough bantering-like I said if we knew the answer to the questions above it would make this easier to understand. Either way I'm happy to welcome Chad to Lincoln and hope the current staff stays on and has a great year.

Anonymous said...

And you are an obvious housing parent that only named 2 issues and one is very debatable! The stitches that I knew off were just from boys goofing around! How about taking care of these kids and leave managing the team to the stars

Anonymous said...

While management is in the change mode...how about some Cold Bud in the Ice Box?

Also, I need Soccer for Dummies because my son tells me that the "Blue Line" does not exist in Soccer.

Cold Bud

Yeti said...

Everyone really needs to take a deep breath and think about what what you are going to say and how you say it before you post a comment. I don't like deleting comments, but when people start getting personal with other bloggers, then I start deleting.

I've thought about putting a freeze on all comments today, just to let people cool down, but I don't really want to do that. Play nice with others, please. If you can't do that, just don't post anything. Thank you.

James said...

I am not surprised coaches getting fired in hockey happens all the time. People like to win plain and simple. Is it October yet? Ugh.-James

Anonymous said...

My guess is Jimmy will stay long enough to either get another coach hired, and then he will move on, or he is being kept on to help the transition and will still move on.

~Lurking Lancer

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with the cold bud in the ice box!!!!! Anonymous @ 12:17 it sure sounded like the questions were legit. No need to criticize. Everyone is disappointed with the way the season has gone and we tend to be in the dark about a lot of things. Sure we don't need to know everything and I'm sure the Management of the Stars is making the decision based on all the facts. This couldn't have been and easy decision but no matter the coach I will always be a fan.

Anonymous said...

This move will be a disaster for Lincoln. Chad is not his brother, has serious personal issues, and should not be a head coach in this or any other league. Steve got this done for him and now has elevated him to a level where he will fail. I feel sorry for the players in Lincoln.

Anonymous said...

I can answer a couple of questions. McG still has a contract that is why he is still here. This was handled with no respect to him. I personally knew this was happening last week in Ann Arbor. Steve Johnson did this behind McG's back. Attendance was down and average of 480 per game.

Anonymous said...

Wow 480 fans a game? Even with my inept math that has to be close to a $300,000 loss for the season. With tickets and concessions considered Ouch! Not sure how Steve Johnson would have anything to do with this? I know he has a lot of pull in the USHL. I also don't know how this could have been handled any better? Everyone has their own reasons why Jimmy should stay or go but we can only hope the Owners know what they are doing. I wish Jimmy the best of luck whether he stays or goes and hope Nick has a chance to stick around also. Could be an interesting camp in Omaha this summer huh?

lincolnfan said...

wow. just wow.

nutz4puckz said...

Really? not even 24 hours and its going to be a disaster? Can the anonymous poster share their crystal ball with us? I'd like to see a week or so ahead and get the winning lottery #'s so I can retire......Geesh, give it some time.

On to the next chapter in Hockey for Dummies: Handling a Coaching Change.

Anonymous said...

Great Move! Great New coach! Shows the Stars are in it for the fans.
This move will move the team ahead and actually have kids want to play for our town.
Can't believe they are letting him hang around. Maybe he will take over Corey's job or be a skate sharpener for the team

Anonymous said...

ANONY 12:17 - Don't go blaming the housing parents. We should all thank these families for taking in the players, it can't be easy having these young men move in and try to keep them in line. They can only do so much. THANK YOU housing parents for giving up so much of your time and money so these boys have a place to live while playing for the Stars.

Stars fan!

Anonymous said...

As a player parent I am very disappointed in how this past season played out for several reasons that I won’t go into here. I can assure you that Jimmy did recruit high-end skilled players which is why several of those kids received scholarships and commitments from hockey “power” places! Lincoln is a great place to play hockey. I plan on finding out more about some of the accusations made here – regarding certain things. Just because there might have been a couple of instances this does not mean that this team was BAD. These are good kids that sacrificed a lot. It is my opinion that certain housing parents should do a little more “parenting” and a little less gossiping.

tzweeb said...

ok ticket sales do not equal butts in the seats, but the stars do not count heads as people come in.
5000 ticket sales less this year at 14.00 each = $70,000...
each of those people may have spent 10 bucks on concessions = $50,000
maybe you can dispute the actual numbers but i dont think this year was why a change was made.
i feel that the management is looking to what next years sales would have been.
winning teams bring people to the ice box and that equals more money.
it does no good to argue over who knew the change first or if it is a good one.
it is done.

PeruStarsFan said...

WOW. I am surprised that Jimmy is gone like many of the rest of you (and yes, I know that he is not gone gone). As for Chad. We will see. I do have a question if someone can answer it, and not just guess and spout. If Chad was ready three years ago, why didn't he replace Blais when he left Fargo? I'm sorry, but I think that is a good question.

Now, as I said earlier in the week, I am all for giving the coach three years. So, unlike those of you that think he is already the second coming, and those of you that think he stinks, I will wait and give him a chance.

As for the drop in attendance. If the empty seats were season ticket holders, and yes I know that some were, shame on you. This is the second bad season in franchise history and you bailed on the team when then needed your support. If this was the case, and the team lost almost $300K, then you can blame yourself for us not having the additional coaching staff.

If Jimmy stays or goes, I wish him luck.

I know we have some great Kids playing. I would like to see a team with some vetrans. We have some good talent in DZ, Dom, Ty, Mac, Matt and others. Looking forward to October.

Force Blogger said...

To whoever said they are not brothers:

http://www.fargoforce.com/content/coaches.php

Tammy said...

"Concerned hockey parent" at 7:59am

Unbelievable that we host families have so much pull around the Stars organization. Too bad that we didn't realize this sooner as my first use of "host parent pull" would have been to bring in some Bud Light to the Ice Box!

USHLProspectsBlog said...

I guess I'm in the minority around here, but I'll say it anyway. Jimmy McGroaty did not deserve to be demoted but basically fired, because all they're doing is trying to get him to quit without firing him. This is absolutely dispicable actions from the Stars front office.

Concerned player parent, I don't agree with much of what you say, especially the part about fans being football fans trying to understand hockey. That very well could be true based on some of the comments on this thread, but not all Stars fan fit under your umbrella of uneducated fans. What I do agree with in your posts is that fan sites, like this blog, had a bearing on Pflug's decision. Not the blog itself, Yeti/BT, but the comments left here. Obviously the front office knew about some of the fan's displeasure with the coach. How many times did Pflug's statement say this was for the fans.

That's my rant, please don't rip me to shreds if you don't agree with me...

PeruStarsFan said...

Force Blogger

I don't think it was meant that they were not brothers (maternally), but that Chad is not Steve (as in skill, knowledge, and other attributes). I could be wrong, but that is how I took it.

I don't know either so I cannot comment.

Anonymous said...

I wonder who 7:59 was talking about. Hard to figure out isn't it?

Jofa said...

I can't say I'm surprised. When you are the GM, Coach and Housing Coordinator you're going to take most if not all of the blame. When the rules don't apply to everyone on the team you are setting your self up for problems. The last interview with Melbye, Jimmy said he learned alot this year. Too little too late.

Anonymous said...

If changes are being made...how about adding a housing manager that would handle problems in that area. I feel it is difficult to be the head coach, general manager, and housing director. Thanks

Jofa said...

USHL Prospect, Jimmy got what he deserved. Youngstown fired their coach after a 1 and 15 skid. Who did they beat? guess. Jimmy was given the opportunity to right the ship, it didn't happen. This team set a new Lincoln record for PMs and has led the leauge for three years. This team under achieved last year. Pflug had plenty of reasons to make a change, he didn't need the fans help. On top of all that you spelled despicable wrong.

BellTolls said...

I guess I disagree about the blog comments. I don't see how anything on here isn't something Jim Pflug doesn't already know. He is around this team every single day. He hears about things that happen at night the next morning. He probably receives numerous fan e-mails/letters daily. Pflug has all the monetary figures, attendance figures, concession figures, etc., sitting right in front of him to figure out how the Stars are doing/will do financially. No one on here does. Pflug made his decision based on 100X more information than any of us on here have, and yes that's even including the anonymous posters. I highly doubt that he seriously reads fan comments on here that are just as likely to be from some drunk guy in Section F, H, M, or whatever as they are from a legitimately concerned parent. Someone who is really concerned about things would go straight to the front office, not a blog.

Anonymous said...

Coach Johnson is what the Stars need to move ahead. Heard it through the grapevine that Johnson will come in and send Jimmy packing much like the way Jimmy sent Bencurik packing. Look for Jimmy Mac to end up as an assistant in Tri-City or Midget Minor Coach in Omaha

USHLProspectsBlog said...

Whatever, I guess I'm wrong then. Just trying to throw in my opinion...

Oh yeah, sorry I didn't spell a word right on a blog too, crucify me.

Yeti said...

I'm going to agree with BT as well. Jim Pflug and the owners of the Stars have tons of information available to them to make decisions like this. They care about the opinion of the fans, but I'm sure they have a lot of resources available to them to query fans than coming here and reading 500 anon comments. Like BT mentioned, there is a LOT we don't know about.

Anonymous said...

Jimmy did NOT have a winning record.
2007 31 -22 - 7
2008 37 -17 - 6
2009 16 -36 - 8

totals 84 - 75 - 21
REMEMBER that last number is OT LOSSES
Jimmy won 84 regular season games and lost 96

BellTolls said...

By the way, was anyone else shocked that our PIMs this year were a franchise record? I had no idea we were making that many penalties. It sure didn't seem like this team had as many fighters on it...I think there were a TON of game misconducts. That's all I can think of, as teams before this one have seemed way more undisciplined and had fewer PIMs.

Anonymous said...

No real surprise here although some of you regulars tried to defend keeping Jimmy for contract reasons, how one bad season not's fair, players, parents and so on. Some of us posters might just be smart hockey people giving predictions that thank god came true. Congrats to Stars management for doing the tough but right thing. More than enough good players to be a 500 club, great work ethic, great fans, horrible record, don't practice special teams, belittle players and start covering your butt by sending your best players home early for no good reason. It's no wonder Jimmy lost the respect of the players down the final strech which is when the off ice stuff started. Come to think of it not really a tough decision just a good one and as I have said before an assistant is where Jimmy belongs. He probably has Chad to thank for that as I am sure Stars management would prefer to cut Jimmy loose. To say it's so they don't have to pay him is frankly stupid.

Layla said...

An OT loss isn't considered a "Straight" loss, you still get 1 point out of it. I think that's why despite the 21 OT losses he is still considered to have a winning season.
I wonder of the 5K fans we lost this year (ave of 167 per game) How many would have stopped going regardless of the teams record?(Personal issues, money, job, kids etc..) and how many just quit going because the team is losing?

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many he will let go? On his radio interview he doesn't mention any of the current players or who he would like to return. Maybe he doesn't know much about them

Yeti said...

The radio interview Chad Johnson did today with 104.1 The Blaze has been posted above. Click the link to listen. Good stuff. Thanks to the blog reader above who brought it to my attention.

Anonymous said...

To anyone questioning the team's motivation for keeping Jimmy on, don't look at the front office, look at your new head coach:

http://journalstar.com/sports/hockey/stars/article_d844f212-4373-11df-a756-001cc4c002e0.html

"Stars president Jim Pflug says when he told McGroarty he would no longer be head coach, the role of associate head coach was not an offer initially.
Pflug says the organization has always allowed the head coach to determine his staff.
It was following conversations between all of those involved that the new arraignment came about."

This wasn't shocking news, he was given 3 years and underperformed. Overall losing record (OTL is still a LOSS), league-leading PIMs, and not going to Clark Cup Finals.

Ann O'Nymous

Anonymous said...

I just want to say I have my sources and know for a FACT the Lincoln Stars organization reads these blogs, and listens to what fans have to say, whether they agree or not.

BellTolls said...

Of course they care what the fans say, who pays the bills? We do, that's who. However, they have a ton of other sources besides this blog to go to as well.

StarsHcky said...

After reading all of these comments here is my rant... first off, just want to point out that not even half way through the season, there seemed to be a lot of fans calling for a coaching change, now that we have it a lot of fans are upset.

2) Whenever a fan favorite player gets traded away, we all hear these words, "well hockey is a business so they have to do whats best". Thats exactly the same way with the coach. Whether the coach directly effects the number of fans per game or not, the truth is that this last year the team didnt do well, and we lost the number of seats per game. I dont think we can just blame that on economy either because the economy has been bad for a while. But Jimmy is the one in charge so when things go wrong, its his butt on the line. In any other business if the business would be losing money, it would be the person in charge who gets the blame. The blame always has to go somewhere, so whether its earned or not, Jimmy was in charge, so he got the blame. Obviously they think he is a pretty good coach if they are keeping him on staff.

3) This is a business and if anyone watches the NHL, you would know that there are teams that fire a coach a lot faster with a lot less reason. A team can go on a bad skid mid season and fire a coach, its just how it goes.

4) I dont know about anyone else but personally it makes me feel better that the organization is being active about trying to fix whatever happened last season. I am not blaming Jimmy for last season, but am just saying that im sure if the organization did nothing, people would be upset about that too. They have to find the best way to keep making money, not only for the organization, but they also need to keep us fans happy and coming back, and how do you do that?... by winning games.

5) Lastly i think it is unfair to say that the only reason he was "demoted" is because of the wins/losses. Im sure there is a lot that went into the organizations decision. None of us know exactly what goes on in the locker room and away from the ice even though some of us have heard rumors. But if any of those rumors are true, then that would be another reason. So im sure there is more than just wins/losses that went into this decision. Obviously hes not a terrible coach or they wouldnt have kept him on staff.

And also i think its kind of ridiculous that people blame the blog for all of this. From what i have heard, the Stars organization has recieved many complaints via phone, email, and mail so we cant blame the blog. Also im sure that player parents and host parents have talked with the organization about different things too.

So to end, I just want to say that im not pro or con Jimmy. I am happy for the change just because of what it is, a change. I will go into tryouts and next season at least knowing that the Stars are trying to fix it all. I also know for a fact that once next season starts, if (and hopefully when) Chad starts winning us some games, all of these people that dont agree with the decision right now, wont care, as long as we start winning some games. Hope my rambling made sense and cant wait until tryouts! Go Stars

Anonymous said...

Chad will come in ,make the necessary changes and it won't be long until we are all saying "jimmy who?"

Anonymous said...

Just finished my "Hockey for Dummies" book. Wow, I had no what all those lines meant. Next up, "Temper Tantrums by Adults", should be a good one.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should go back to "football for dummies " your not doing very good there either! Ha. Ha

Anonymous said...

To Tammy,
Sooooo when is that Bud Light showing up again? lol. Could you maybe check on some better concessions also? Thanks-appreciate your help. P.S. You might have to do like a sit-in or something to accomplish the Bud but I think you would have a lot of help!!

Anonymous said...

Concerned player parent, not everyone here is a football fan. You should try to remember some of the people you are calling out are the ones who travel far and wide to watch your child play a sport we love. I for one have never left a game early due to the score, quite a few of us stay till the end to applaud the players for their effort despite the end result. I have ( and have seen others) thanked the boys for their time and talent this year. I hope to see your son whoever he is, one the ice again this year. Gooooo stars!!!!!

BellTolls said...

And that 73rd comment by Anonymous at 12:03 sets a new blog record for comments on a post.

Yeti said...

Speaking of records....

I use Google Analytics to track how many people interact with this site. It's a fun tool to use if you have your own website and you want to track web traffic.

Anyway, our previous one-day record for most site hits in a 24 hour period was 557 total hits on 3/10/10.

As expected, we completely smashed that one-day record yesterday with a total of 717 website hits. I knew the number would be big, but not that big. 717 times yesterday, this site was viewed. Incredible.

Anonymous said...

Congats on the site success Yeti and BT! Nothing like an exciting story to get every one riled up. I think next season will be very intersting indeed.

Sam I am

Anonymous said...

I just tuned into paralympic hockey on NBC. This is really cool! I have never seen this before and I am truely impressed by the strengh and skill of these guys.

Sam I am

lincolnfan said...

i'm just curious if anyone has a clue at all what the Stars coaches make each year. maybe i'm making this up, but i thought in Steve Johnson's last year here, someone said he was making around $65,000 a year. i wonder what the Stars organization offered Chad Johnson to come here. i know the article on JournalStar said that the organization still had to figure out a revised contract for Jimmy, so i wonder how much of a pay decrease (if any) he will be taking if he stays here. someone once told me that Bliss up in Omaha was making over $100,000.

Anonymous said...

Well if you really think about it . The organization only has to pay staff and the light bill! Players don't get anything so why not dangle a carrot out there for a coach!

Anonymous said...

i know for a fact that a middle of the road NAHL team coach makes $60,000. so I'd imagine a USHL coach (especially one with Lincolns fan and revenue support) would make more than that. maybe $80-85k? possibly more.

USHLProspectsBlog said...

Not really sure why I'm posting here, but to whoever said that we might be able to get Chad's nephew Luke, it hasn't been released yet, but Luke made the cut for the USNTDP U-17 Team.

Anonymous said...

Stars MGMT take note
Bud Light vs Jimmy at the Ice box

I vote Bud Light

Jofa said...

Last public skate at the Ice Box Sunday. I'm hearing the high schoolers will be out for the skate.

starstruck said...

Whether fair or not, the responsibility for the success, or lack thereof, ultimately falls to the coaching staff. The Stars organization, understandably, wants to make a clear cut break from this year’s record and so have made this change. Like replacing the goaltender during a losing game - it may or may not be the goalie’s fault, but it is a move to change the direction/momentum of the game. I do wish Coach M well whether he stays or moves on to another position and in my opinion, many have not given him credit for contributions he did make as coach.

I disagree with the statement that the first two seasons were left over players from Johnson. McGroarty’s first year, less than half the players were veterans from Johnson’s last season and, as assistant coach he would have helped scout new players for that team. New players - Kretzer, Forfar, Newton, Messier, Hayes, Sdao, Dalzy, Reekie, Meland, Doc - none of these players played for Johnson; and some of them were added to the team solely by McGroarty after Johnson was gone. By Coach M’s second season, the only player carried over from Johnson was Ross Henry. New players included Hill, Alexander, Vermeersch, Gerths, Chartier, Chakeen, Kaunisto, Hibbeler, Siers, Bruno, McCarron, Borelli. In my opinion, Coach M brought in a lot of successful players. And yes, 09/10 was all Coach M and included very few veterans. Chad Johnson will benefit from a number of these returning players who now have USHL experience plus a bad taste to motivate them for next season. A carryover of players always exists that will benefit the next Coach, but that does not guarantee results.

Regarding factors of under performance mentioned - league leading PIM’s and failure to reach Clark Cup Finals: Lincoln led the league in PIM 4 of the past 6 seasons, including last year (no complaints were made since we had the west division title). As for the Clark Cup finals – we are seven year season ticket holders and have never watched our Stars reach the finals. Four of those years Johnson was coach. Good luck with reaching the finals when the league reaches their goal of having 21 teams!

Like several have commented, I am neither for nor against the change. We are Stars fans always and do not miss a game no matter what the record. If anything, we have supported this year’s team even more so, simply because they needed the support...and that is what a fan does. If seats were empty because season ticket holders stayed at home, then I agree with another poster – shame on those people.

Travis said...

Thank you Yeti for a great place to talk about the Stars.

I am not for or against this move but do appreciate the Stars organization doing what it thinks is necessary for this past season NOT to happen again. Too many trades that did not yield what McGroarty thought. Also WAY too many kids sent home. Maybe for good reason (I have not idea) but if the coaching staff had control things like that should not happen. GO STARS!

Anonymous said...

If the team was winning the off ice stuff may have not been as bad. Players care more and act more responsible if they are in contention. We we done well before the season ended, so the players probably didn't care about the rules as much. As for the coaching change, McG gave the kids chance to perform in front of the greatest USHL forum. If they didn't meet expectations, they were traded or let go completely. It only seems fair the coaching staff be viewed the same way. Like it or not, the Stars are a business.

Longtime fan

Anonymous said...

Letting McGraorty hang around is like telling a player he is not on the team but can practice with them. I mean what sense does that make? The Stars have opted for change and now they are going to let this guy hang around? Maybe he can coach the powerplay!

Ghost said...

Has anyone heard the saying the two heads are better than one. I think part of the problem this year was not the coaching, it was more the lack of coaching staff. I heard rumors that they were under staffed and needed more help with working with the players. I myself think it was a good move and agree with the owners to keep McG around to help with training the players for next year.

Anonymous said...

To answer a question for one of you above. The reason Chad may not have been chosen for Fargo when Blais left may be the same reason Blais didn't have Chad on the bench the last half of the season last year. I feel bad for Lincoln because you replaced a decent coach with one that is over his head. Ask anyone in Fargo that knows how the team up there is run. They are winning right now with Jason Herter and Dean Blais's picks..next year will be another story. Make sure the coolers are full of beer!!

lincolnfan said...

after giving it some thought, i've decided that i'm somewhat against the idea of having Chad Johnson as a head coach. first of all, i think McGroarty deserved another year before it was determined he was the problem. additionally, i would have liked to have seen more of a search, rather than just offering the job to Chad. i wasn't completely against the idea of a new coach, but i thought more of a search was necessary. either way though, it should be a very interesting season next year. looking forward to it!

i know this is slightly off topic, but i was looking back at some old posts on the lincolnstarsgazing.com board over the weekend. i wasn't that dedicated of a Stars fan a few years back, but after Steve Johnson resigned, was there really a former NHL coach that applied for the job, or was that just a rumor/joke? i'm just curious if the Stars organization may have considered anyone other than Chad to replace McGroarty.

Anonymous said...

Blais didn't have Johnson on the bench the last half of the season? I remember not only seeing Chad on the bench against us in play-offs last year but also speaking with him after. I think between the three of Fargo's coaches last year they worked well together.

StarsHcky said...

I'm all for trying anything to makes the team better, develop the players so they can go on and continue to do great things after the Stars, and to move the Stars organization forward. As fans instead of attacking eachother and fighting, we should ban together and welcome the change and hopefully a great year! Can't wait 4 tryouts in june!

Anonymous said...

Check out the Heisenberg report - Cory Hibbler committed to Quinnipiac. Good job and Congrats Cory!

Anonymous said...

Chad was at the games but not on the bench during the winning streak at the end of the year. You may have talked to him but he was not on the bench. That's why they won. Lets talk in a year and see if you still like the move. I am willing to bet it gets worse.

Anonymous said...

Nothing can get worse than this last year - on and off the ice and the penalty box. Anyway, let's hope not.

Anonymous said...

It amazes me how much information some people have about players and coaches. Obviously, these people should be running the show, since they know everything. Let's review, Jimmy had a good first year. Should his contract been extended then? Maybe, maybe not. Jimmy had a good second year, no one was really complaining about him then, at least not much. Jimmy has a really bad third season (as the head coach he is responsible for what happens) and many are ready to throw him to the wolves. The ownership decides to bring in someone new (Chad) and a bunch of people are again up in arms about it. Let it ride people. Let's see what happens. If you don't like what you see, then vote with your dollars, quit coming to the games. If you really want the owners attention, quit giving them your money. I know that a lot of you are thinking that you should support the team (kids) regardless of the wins and losses, or the coaches. I can't say that I disagree with with that at all. But I can promise you this, money not coming into the Ice Box will cause change quickly.

Sam I am

Anonymous said...

Why are we doubting what fargo did last season?Why wasn't Herter, let alone C. Johnson up for the head coaching job in Fargo when Blais left? They must have done something right...maybe when one was on the bench the other was scouting to make their team better. Can you argue having Steve Johnson as a coach in the league...Go Stars!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure about this hire, but I'm willing to give Chad the benefit of the doubt. lincolnfan mentioned this earlier, but if the Stars management wanted to hire a new head coach, why did they not interview anyone else? Don't you want to make sure you hire the best person for the job? At least open the job up, look at the applicants, then pick Chad if that's who you wanted anyway.

This is off-topic but Sam Alfieri's last name is STILL spelled wrong on the Stars "official" website. Months after he was traded here from Green Bay his last name is STILL wrong. Seriously? Who is in charge of the Stars website? Look around to other USHL team websites...ours is a JOKE. With all the money the Stars make, you would think they'd hire a company to make it look professional. It's the face of the franchise. It's what prospective players and their parents first see when the search online for the Stars. This blog looks 10 times better than the Stars "official" website. No offense Yeti, but that's sad. You should be getting paid for what you are doing here. End of my rant.

-Bill in Section C

Anonymous said...

I would agree with the Bill in Section C about the coach selection process. I do not know enough about the new coach to have any type of opinion other than I hope it works out for everyone involved. I think there is some definite benefit to having an entire new coaching regime but that’s my personal opinion. I do think this organization could benefit from thinking outside of the box and going beyond what “feels comfortable.” While I think Lincoln truly has the best fans in the league and the reputation of being a first-class organization, I think given what has transpired this past season (and maybe even prior to that), it would be in the organization’s best interest to not rest on its laurels and be more open to change. Without knowing the financial situation of the organization, yet believing it’s pretty solid compared to just about any other organization in the league, it might be a good idea to open the pocket book and start spending money on additional staff positions and/or general enhancements; i.e., housing coordinator, communications/media person (which could include website upgrade and maintenance), goalie coach, training/locker room upgrades. The competition for recruiting and retaining top level recruits is only going to get more intense and players/parents have every opportunity and right to shop around and are going to go where they think offers the best on and off ice opportunity for their player.

Yeti said...

Anonymous at 10:54 AM,

Great points. I have to say I agree with them 100%. I also found it a bit strange that the Stars did not open up the head coaching vacancy to other applicants. I understand that Chad interviewed 3 years ago, and that he was one of the top two candidates, but that was then, this is now. I also understand the urgency the Stars management must have been under to find a new head coach considering the USHL prospect and entry drafts are only one month away. However, I still think that they should have opened the job up to any prospective applicant, just to see who is out there. If you're set on hiring Chad, fine. There's no harm in opening up the hiring process to as many applicants as possible. Chad was obviously the "comfortable" hire, as you say. Was he the most qualified? I don't know. I just think that when you're one of the top junior hockey organizations in the entire country, you should not limit your opportunities. I understand the urgency, but I think the most important aspect is that you hire the right person for the job. I'm not saying Chad isn't that person. I hope he is.

Good discussion as always.

Yeti said...

I've updated this article with a new video that a blog reader brought to my attention. It's a quick interview Chad Johnson did with the local 10/11 news station. Check it out.