The Kenai River Brown Bears have announced that Marty Quarters has been hired as the team’s new head coach. He replaces Brent Agrusa, who resigned from the position earlier this month.
Quarters, from Southfield, Mich., has an impressive background of developing players and is well known around the nation in junior and college hockey circles.
“We are excited to welcome Coach Quarters to the Brown Bears organization,” said Brown Bears general manager Nate Kiel. “He will continue our practice of bringing some of the nation’s best student-athletes to the Kenai Peninsula, and building a winning product on the ice.”??
With 17 years of coaching experience, Quarters brings an impressive record as a coach and recruiter. His most recent accomplishment was in turning around the Junior A Tier III Yellowstone Quake program, taking them from worst to first in the America West Division of the Northern Pacific League in just one season.
Quarters has been on the coaching staff of many prestigious organizations. As an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Merrimack College, Quarters was well known for a tireless work ethic and knowledge of the amateur player ranks. He has a proven ability to recruit top-notch prospects and to help players develop and reach their highest potential. NHL teams have drafted 20 of his former players, four of whom were first-round picks.
Prior to his two-year tenure at Merrimack, Quarters spent three seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL, where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under legendary coach Dave Siciliano. While there, Quarters coached the defense and produced game video breakdown. He coordinated and oversaw the draft and tryout camp and helped the team reach the playoffs in all three seasons, including an appearance in the Clark Cup finals in 2005. Thirty-two of his players from Sioux City went on to play at Division I institutions. Quarters also served as the director of the Sioux Youth Hockey Organization.
Before his arrival in Sioux City, Quarters served several roles within the NAHL’s Cleveland Barons Junior A organization over three seasons, including those of associate coach, recruiting coordinator and general manager. He also served as the head coach of the Cleveland Barons; Midget Major AAA team for three seasons, leading them to a Michigan Hockey League championship, two Mid-Am Regional championships and two U.S. National Championship appearances. Quarters was also named director of youth hockey and skill development for the AAA program.
Early in his career, Quarters spent one season coaching Honeybaked ’87 AAA, leading the team to a 67-4-3 record and a state championship in 1997-98, and was head coach of Little Caesars ’82 AAA team for four seasons. He has continued his involvement with youth hockey, serving for the past six years as on-ice director of Elite Prospects Hockey Camp in Detroit, which attracts the top players in North America.