The Hershey Bears have decided to go on a new route this summer by not picking up the contracts of head coach Troy Mann and assistant coach Ryan Murphy.
Troy Mann started his coaching career as a player coach in the CHL for the Topeka Tarantulas. After his stint in the CHL, Troy went on to the ECHL where he would become the assistant coach of the Columbia Inferno. After a full season in Columbia as an assistant coach Mann would become Columbia’s head coach for the next two season. One of those seasons he took the Inferno to the Conference finals. In 2009 Troy’s first stint with the Hershey Bears would start as he became an assistant coach until 2013. In 2010 as an assistant Mann, helped then coach Mark French to one of the most historic runs in AHL and Hershey Bears history winning the Calder Cup Championship.
For the 2013-14 season Troy Mann would get his first head coaching position, heading out west to California to become the head coach of the then ECHL Bakersfield Condors. He would take that team again to the conference finals, just coming up short. Troy, the following year would make his jump back to the AHL, returning to Hershey to become the 25th head coach of the Hershey Bears. Three out of his first four seasons in Hershey as the bench boss he took the Bears to the playoffs including a loss in the Calder Cup finals to the Lake Erie Monsters in four games. This last season however was his worst. He led the Bears to a 30-37-0-9 record good for last place in the Atlantic division.
The @Capitals announced today that the contracts of Hershey Bears head coach Troy Mann and assistant coach Ryan Murphy will not be renewed. Full Release: https://t.co/1XCk4VznsN #HBH pic.twitter.com/GCaZNvWc7d
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) April 25, 2018
Here is the official press release from www.hersheybears.com
Washington Capitals senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today that the contracts of Hershey Bears head coach Troy Mann and assistant coach Ryan Murphy will not be renewed.
“Troy is a dedicated and hard-working coach and we appreciate all he has done for the Hershey Bears,” said MacLellan. “At this point, we feel a fresh approach and a change in leadership is needed in order for us to continue to develop our young players towards the next level and for success at the AHL level. We also want to thank Ryan for his contributions to the Hershey Bears and wish him all the best.”
Mann, 48, spent four seasons as Hershey’s head coach, compiling a 162-102-22-18 record. He led the Bears to a pair of division titles, and a trip to the 2016 Calder Cup Finals. Mann, who was named the 25th coach in franchise history in July 2014, ranks sixth all-time among Hershey coaches in victories. Mann was an assistant coach for the Bears from 2009-2013, serving on Mark French’s staff during Hershey’s record-breaking 2010 Calder Cup championship season. Mann was also behind the bench for two AHL All-Star Classics (2010, 2011).
Murphy, 35, was with the Bears for all four of Mann’s seasons at the helm. Murphy started with the Hershey coaching staff by specializing in video development in 2014-15, and was promoted to a full-time assistant coach the following year.
“We’d like to thank Troy Mann and Ryan Murphy for their contributions to the Hershey Bears organization,” said Hershey vice president of hockey operations, Bryan Helmer. “While we are looking to move our hockey club forward, today is certainly an emotional day. I had the pleasure of working with both Troy and Ryan behind the bench for two seasons, and consider them to be great people. We wish both all the best in future endeavors.”