|Stirling named Falcon hockey assistant coach|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Monday, 10 August 2009 16:16|
Scott Stirling, an outstanding goalie at Brown University and in the East Coast Hockey League, has been named an assistant coach for the Bowling Green Falcons, the school announced Monday.
Stirling was an assistant at Brown last season after completing a seven-year career in pro hockey.
He's the second and final full-time assistant coach to be named by first-year head coach Dennis Williams.
The other assistant is Mike Mankowski, who came to BG from Canisius College.
Despite Brown having a a 5-23-5 record last season, Stirling helped guide freshman goalie Mike Clemente to a respectable season with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.
"I really liked his goaltending background and it's important to have someone with that experience on our staff," Williams said. “He is more knowledgeable than a goalie guy. He knows the game. He knows the Xs and Os, too. I’m confident he can step in and gain the respect from our forwards and (defensemen).”
Stirling played at Brown from 1996-2000. His 3.08 goals-against ranks sixth all-time in school history and his .906 save percentage is fifth-best. He was the team's most valuable player and was an academic All-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree in 2000.
He played seven seasons of minor pro hockey in the ECHL, American Hockey League and the United Hockey League, before finishing his playing career in the Norwegian Elite League during the 2007-08 season.
Stirling was the ECHL's goalie of the year and rookie of the year in 2001, while earning first-team all-league honors. He had a 2.14 goals-against, a .922 save percentage and a 32-10-3 record in 48 games for Trenton that season.
His most successful season was in 2004 when he was named the ECHL's MVP and goalie of the year, and was named first-team all-league. In 40 games with Atlantic City that season, he was 31-13-5 with a 1.91 goals-against and a .933 save percentage.
The 32-year-old is from Hull, Mass. and graduated with a degree in economics and organizational behavior and management.
“He is a very low-key type person," Williams said. "He is a thinker before he speaks and he has a real nice, calm demeanor about him and can get his point across. As a staff, we want to complement each other and balance each other and he will help Mike (Mankowski) and I very well.”
Stirling's dad, Steve, was the head coach of the New York Islanders during the 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons. — GORDON
|Last Updated on Monday, 10 August 2009 16:26|
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