The Maryland Black Bears have had a busy summer, holding try-outs, revamping ticket systems, and getting ready for our 5th Anniversary season! None the less, the Black Bears have changed things on the coaching and hockey operations side of things. Most notably, we say goodbye to our excellent and energizing assistant coach, Dylan Schoen. Coach Schoen has moved onto coach at NCAA Division 1 program, Bemidji State University Men’s Hockey.
“I am proud to be continuing my coaching career at the division 1 level. I am extremely thankful and grateful to everyone at the Maryland Black Bears who have give me the opportunity to learn and grow as both a person and a coach. To the players and staff, I appreciate you supporting me everyday especially in my first year of coaching. You made my first year of coaching as enjoyable as possible and made me love showing up to work everyday. Maryland has been an incredible place to coach at and I am thankful for the opportunity that I was given. The Black Bears will always have a place in my heart and I will forever be grateful to everyone at this organization. I am excited for what Maryland has to come and cannot wait to see what lies ahead for everyone involved.” – Dylan Schoen
Coach Schoen had an immediate impact in his single year with the Black Bears, bringing his expert hockey knowledge to the table as well as having a close relationship with a lot of the players. We wish Dylan all the best as he moves on with his career in the hockey world.
“Just as it is with the players, Maryland prides itself on developing their coaches and helping push them to the next level. Dylan was a great addition to our staff last year, and made it fun coming to the office. He was great with the players, is very knowledgeable, and more importantly, Bemidji is getting a really good person involved with their program. We wish Dylan all the best in his next endeavor.” – Clint Mylymok, Head Coach and General Manager
In congruence with Coach Schoen moving on, The Black Bears have promoted fellow assistant coach, Kim Weiss, to associate Head Coach! Kim Weiss is an expert in hockey tactics and game management and we couldn’t be more excited to have her within our ranks. The Maryland native comes from a long line of hockey success, as she was a four-time All American at Trinity College, followed by an impressive 10 year stint behind the helm of the Washington Pride. Coach Weiss has now spent a full season behind the bench of the Maryland Black Bears, and we look forward to many more!
“Kim has been a great fit for the Maryland Black Bears, and we are excited to promote her to Associate Head Coach this season. She is a tireless worker, and an extremely talented coach. The most important aspect is that she has the players’ trust and does a great job helping them develop as people just as much as she develops them as players.” – Clint Mylymok, Head Coach and General Manager
Lastly, we are proud to have Jett Mahler, our Hockey Operation Intern, promoted to Assistant Director of Hockey Operations. Jett has now also spent a full season with the Black Bears, working with the coaches to devise on ice footage of games study sessions and statistical information. Jett has become an invaluable asset for the Black Bears and we’re excited to have him continue with the organization.
“Jett has been an important addition to our staff, and has quickly proven himself as someone we can count on in many ways within our organization. He is very talented and reliable, and we are more than happy to have Jett on our staff as we head into year five.” – Clint Mylymok, Head Coach and General Manager
Photo Credit: Jim Harding and Jon Pitonzo