Miami names Schutte, Rud associate coaches, Spratt director of hockey operations

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Eric Rud spent the past five seasons coaching SCSU’s women’s team (photo: Resolusean).

Miami has named Barry Schutte and Eric Rud associate head coaches and Jimmy Spratt director of hockey operations.

The trio rounds out new head coach Chris Bergeron’s coaching staff.

Schutte spent the past nine years at Bowling Green. He will work with Miami’s offense while also spearheading the RedHawks’ recruiting efforts.

“I am extremely excited to welcome Barry back to Miami hockey,” Bergeron said in a statement. “His recruiting experience, excellent people skills and love for Miami make him a perfect fit for our staff. Janis, our boys and I are very thankful that Barry, Carey, Hallie, Brady and Colin are joining us on this next journey. The Miami hockey family is fortunate to have the Schutte’s return to Oxford.”

Rud comes to Oxford after spending the past five seasons as the head coach of St. Cloud State’s women’s hockey program.

“We want to welcome Eric, Amy, Sam, Gabbie and Max to the Miami hockey family,” Bergeron said. “The more people I spoke to about Eric throughout this process, it became evident that he was the perfect fit for our staff. He is a veteran coach who has both head and assistant coaching experience. He has a track record of being a tireless recruiter of great hockey players and even better people. We are extremely excited to have him as part of our program.”

Rud guided the Huskies to 48 victories during his five seasons at the helm of a program that won only 15 times the four seasons prior to his arrival.

A former assistant coach with the St. Cloud State men’s hockey team from 2005 to 2010, Rud served as an assistant men’s coach at Colorado College from 2011 to 2014. Between his time at St. Cloud State and Colorado College, Rud worked for one season as the head coach and general manager of the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers in 2010-11.

Spratt is a former netminder at BGSU, playing for the Falcons from 2005 to 2009. Over his time as a Falcon, Spratt accumulated over 5,500 minutes of action between the pipes. Spratt totaled a 3.45 goals-against average and made 2,441 saves in 100 appearances. Spratt also accounted for three shutouts in a single season, tying the mark for the most shutouts in a single season for a Falcon goaltender.

“Jimmy and I have worked together for many years,” Bergeron said. “He has become a very important part of our staff. We are excited to have him join us in Oxford.”