The Alpena IceDiggers have named Jack Fritsche as their new head coach. He replaces Kenny Miller, who resigned last month to accept the head coaching position with the Marquette Rangers.
Fritsche, a native of Parma, Ohio, has coached hockey for the past six years
after retiring as a professional player in 2002.
“It was a tough pick. There were a lot of good choices,” Theresa Henry, the IceDiggers’ director of team operations, told The Alpena News. “What I liked is he does like living here in a small town. He seems interested in the community and wants to stay here.”
Fritsche most recently spent two years as coach of the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets of the USHL. He also guided the NAHL’s defunct Cleveland Barons to the North Division title and a trip to the Robertson Cup finals in 2005. Prior to that, Fritsche coached the Ambri Piotta in the LNA Swiss professional league.
Most of Fritsche’s playing career came in Switzerland, although he played with the USA National Team, leading it to the 1988 Spengler Cup title as its Most Valuable Player and participating in the 1990 World Championships.
Fritsche, 42, is married and has five children.