The Dallas Stars announced Wednesday that Willie Desjardins will take over the role as the Texas Stars head, following two seasons as an assistant in Texas. Stars’ General Manager, Joe Nieuwendyk made the announcement on Wednesday.
Nieuwendyk talked about what Desjardins will bring to the table in Texas. “We believe that Willie’s track record as a teacher of the game and his ability to develop young players is a perfect fit for the Texas Stars. His knowledge of Glen Gulutzan’s system and his familiarity with our prospects will continue to improve player development between Dallas and the Texas Stars.”
Over the last two years behind the Texas Stars bench, Desjardins coached group of young players that put together a 84-64-16 record. He talked about his new opportunity as head coach. “I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to become head coach of the Texas Stars. I feel one of my strengths has always been in coaching younger players and this is a fantastic opportunity to do just that. The Stars organization has a group of very talented prospects coming through the system and I look forward to helping them develop.”
Desjardins holds head coaching experience, leading the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL during the 1997-1998 campaign and leading the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL to two championship from 2002-2010.