Chill Fires Head Coach Garrett Strot

The Coulee Region Chill are moving on without head coach Garrett Strot.  Strot was fired Monday after nearly four years with the franchise that started in North Iowa and moved to Onalaska last year.

Strot led the Chill to a second place finish in the Central division last season.  The Chill finished just one win short of advancing to the Robertson Cup.

2012 has been a different story for the team.

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Coulee Region has struggled as its roster constantly changed.  The Chill are 16-28-7 and in fourth place in the NAHL Midwest Division.

Assistant Coach Jake Fleming, a two-time two national champion at the University of Minnesota, has been named interim head coach.

Release from Chill:

“The Coulee Region Chill have made a change at the Head Coach position.

Garrett Strot was let go this morning after nearly four years with the franchise. It was an amiable parting of ways as Garrett thanked owners Mark Motz and Dave Johnson for the opportunity to have served as a Head Coach in the NAHL with the North Iowa Outlaws and Coulee Region Chill. Ownership felt that a different path was needed for the further development of the roster Jake Fleming will take over as Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season. Jake was brought on as the Assistant Coach after Todd Sanden took a Heach Coaching position with the North Iowa Bulls of the NA3HL.

Jake played on the USNDTP NAHL U-18 team in 98’99 and was the 2nd leading scorer behind RJ Umberger (Columbus Blue Jackets) and also for the USHL USA Junior National Team in 98’99 and 2000.

Jake proceeded to win a USHL National Championship with the Omaha Lancers in 00’01. Jake had great success  with the Minnesota Golden Gophers in 02′ and 03′ , winning NCAA National Championships while playing with current NHL star Tomas Vanek (Buffalo Sabres) and Paul Martin (Pittsburgh Penguins).

If a qualified candidate for Interim Assistant Coach is found, it will be announced at a future date.”