Madill at a press conference on Friday announcing his appointment as head coach and general manager. (IIA Photography)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
It didn't take long. Just a few days after announcing former head coach and general manager Ryan Mougenel's contract would not be renewed, the Las Vegas Wranglers have named a replacement.
Former defenseman and team captain Mike Madill, 30, will take the reins for the 2013-14 season. Madill is the third head coach for the team and this is his first shot at coaching a professional team.
"It's a sudden opportunity that's impossible to say no to," Madill said. "The role that I've had with this team as captain, and being given the opportunity to help make decisions and see what happens behind the scenes, is something I can use in this new experience."
"Having the least amount of head coaching experience in this league isn't something I'm too worried about because of the people I'm surrounded with," Madill continued.
Madill appeared with the Wranglers for five seasons, notching 24 goals and 131 points in 336 games. He holds the record for all-time games played for the team and guided them to two Kelly Cup Finals, in 2008 and 2012.
Madill was made team captain for his final two seasons.
"We are thrilled to have a person of Mike's character to take the reins of the Wranglers," said Wranglers President Billy Johnson. "Mike has been an important part of our history, and we're excited that he will be part of our future."
The Wranglers fell to the Stockton Thunder in seven playoff games this season, exiting in the first round.
Last season the Wranglers made it to the Kelly Cup Finals before falling to the Florida Everblades.