Michigan Tech named former Boston Bruins assistant coach Tim Watters to the vacant head coaching position Thursday.
Watters, a 13-year National Hockey League veteran, replaces Bob Mancini, who accepted a job at USA Hockey on July 14 after four years behind the Huskies’ bench.
“We’re very excited that Tim has chosen to move from the professional ranks back to college hockey to lead our program,” said Michigan Tech athletic director Rick Yeo. “He has been successful throughout his career and I’m confident he’ll continue to help build our program back to national prominence.”
Watters played three seasons with Michigan Tech scoring, 19 goals and 74 assists for 93 career points. Watters was a key player in Michigan Tech’s third-place finish in the 1981 NCAA Tournament. Watters was both a First Team All-American, and All-WCHA.
Following his Michigan Tech career, Watters spent seven seasons with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, then six seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. Watters served as a player-coach with the IHL’s Phoenix Roadrunners and then joined Steve Kasper in Boston as an assistant coach.
“I’m thrilled and honored to come back to my alma mater and coach,” said Watters. “It’s a great opportunity and I have no doubt we can be very successful at Michigan Tech.”
Watters becomes the 18th coach in Michigan Tech’s history.