Monday, January 17, 2011

Matt Warren new assistant in Port Huron

The Port Huron Fighting Falcons today announced that Matt Warren will join the team’s coaching staff as an assistant coach.

Warren, brother of head coach Bill Warren, was a two-time NAHL All-star in the 1990s when he played for the Compuware Ambassadors. The former defenseman played for the Plattsburgh Cardinals of the SUNY Athletic Conference in college, winning the Division III national championship in 2001.

Warren brings with him full knowledge of the talent level in the NAHL, and has seen first-hand the career path most Junior A hockey players aspire for. One of his teammates on the 1996-97 Ambassadors team was David Legwand, a Detroit native who parlayed his NAHL success into a spot with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. Legwand was the second overall pick in the 1998 NHL Draft, and is the all-time leader in nearly every statistical category for the Nashville Predators.

The Fighting Falcons have seen a major overhaul to their coaching staff in the past month, as head coach Ernie Hicke and associate head coach Shane Hicke were fired in late December after the team began their inaugural season at 1-24-1.

Bill Warren, a Port Huron native with strong ties to minor hockey programs throughout Michigan, was named the team’s new head coach after spending a weekend with the team on an interim basis. Marty Haddad, an assistant coach under the Hickes, saw his role change as he became the team’s general manager and associate head coach.

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