Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Stars to hire Andy Schneider as new assistant coach

I received some good information today that the Lincoln Stars are set to announce the hiring of Andy Schneider as the new assistant coach.  Andy Schneider should be a name familiar to many Stars fans.  The rugged defenseman played three seasons for the Stars (1998-2001), accumulating 57 points and 244 penalty minutes in 109 regular season games.  Andy was part of two Anderson cup-winning teams during his time in Lincoln.  After his three seasons in Lincoln, Schneider moved on to the University of North Dakota, where he played four seasons for the Fighting Sioux.  In his sophmore season at UND, Schneider scored 41 points in 43 games as a defenseman.  In 2001, Schneider was a fifth round NHL draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  After his time at UND, Schneider moved on to play professional hockey in the AHL, the ECHL, and overseas.

If my sources are correct, this is a great hire for Lincoln.  Schneider, a native of Grand Forks, ND, is someone who is very familar to both the Stars organization and new head coach Chad Johnson.  From what I remember of Schneider during his time with the Stars, he was a big, mobile, tough as nails defenseman who could also put the puck in the net.  I'm sure he'll be a valuable assest to the Stars coaching lineup.

Nothing has been officially announced by the Stars, but I believe that will happen very soon.  I will update this article as I get more information.

Update:  Less than an hour after my initial article, the Stars made it official.  Here is the quote from the official Lincoln Stars website
Lincoln Stars Head Coach Chad Johnson moved quickly in hiring a replacement for the assistant coach's position recently vacated by the departure of Nick Fouts. Grand Forks native Andy Schneider has been named as the newest addition to the Stars coaching staff. Schneider played for the Stars during three seasons (1998-2001), and served as captain during the 2000 and 2001 Anderson Cup Championship years. Known as a punishing defenseman with scoring ability, Andy moved on to the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, where he scored 41 points during his sophomore season, and served as captain for two seasons (2003-2005). A fifth-round selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Andy went on to play 150 games in the AHL, and finished his playing career last season in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany's highest professional league. 
"I'm really looking forward to getting back to Lincoln and to the Stars organization," said Schneider. "I have a lot of great memories from playing here, so when Chad called and discussed the coaching position, it was a pretty easy decision for me. I'm excited to be starting my coaching career in Lincoln, and can't wait to meet the guys and get things started."

"Andy's playing career speaks for itself," said Johnson. "He's played at a very high level, and was a step away from the NHL. But the thing that was most intriguing and attractive to us was that he's been a leader everywhere he's been. Starting here in Lincoln, and continuing through his collegiate career at UND, he's been voted captain by his teammates, which says a lot about his character and team approach to the game. He's also played for several highly-respected coaches, and we're counting on him to pass on his experiences and winning attitude to our players."

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

it's official

nutz4puckz said...

Thats some great news. I remember Andy and he was fun to watch to watch play, solid on the blue line. Welcome back to Lincoln Andy!!

JStars said...

This is great news! I also loved to watch Andy a.k.a Pizza play for Lincoln! Great addition Stars Org!!

HPJustin said...

Schneider will be a good addition to the Stars coaching staff. I have very early memories of Andy playing his signature "crazy" style. He fought all the time and always went for the huge hit. He was my childhood icon and I'm very happy to see him come to Lincoln. I have a distinct memory of where the Stars were on the PK and could not get their unit off the ice, and couldn't even get possesion of the puck long enough to clear it. So after a solid minute of blocking shots, Schneider reached down and picked up the puck and threw it down the ice, and the crowd went crazy, and that moment remains one of my favorite memories of Lincoln Stars hockey.

Anonymous said...

dang, yeti..you broke this story before the stars website could! welcome back, andy! nice to see former players come back to lincoln. great replacement for fouts.

Anonymous said...

Ya, the Stars organization was scooped by Yeti??? Things are released to the public by the Stars when they see fit, just like any other team in hockey or any other sport.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back, Andy!

JStars: What's the story behind the "pizza" nickname??

Anonymous said...

Yeti, have you heard any more about the exhibition game on 9/18 against Omaha? I noticed there is a Nebraska football game against Washington that same day. That football game is on the road but the game starts at 2:30pm. Do you know what time the exhibition game is being played? Thanks.

Yeti said...

Anon @ 9:40am,

I have not heard anything more about the start time for that 9/18 exhibition game. We do know it will be held at Tranquility Iceplex on West Maple Street in Omaha (where the Stars hold their tryout camps). I assume the game will be played around 7:00pm, but that's just a guess. If I hear anything official, I will post it here.

MacAttack said...

and still nothing in the Journal Star about either Fout's resignation and Schneider's hiring. but what do you expect during football season?

mike0913 said...

The pizza nickname comes from when he was a kid he was teasing his dog with a piece of pizza and the dog bit a hole in his lip

JStars said...

Anon @ 8/18 8:44am
Like mike0913 stated above... I heard the story again tonight after meeting with Andy. His brothers team was over at the house... he was trying to be cool and was teasing the family toy poodle. Shaking the piece of pizza next to his face, the dog bit through his lip and ripped it. He said people still call him Pizza. :) Great to have him back!

BellTolls said...

The Lincoln Journal Star had some breaking news this morning...

Andy Schneider has been hired as the Lincoln Stars assistant coach. Schneider is a former Stars player.

Just thought I'd keep all our readers up to date.

Yeti said...

Thanks for that update, BT. I think I saw another headline from the LJS this morning: "WE LANDED ON THE MOON!"

Glad they are keeping us up to date, like you said.

Layla said...

If it wasn't for the LJS, I would have no idea what is going on with the Stars ;)