The Missouri Mavericks announced the resignation of Head Coach Scott Hillman on Wednesday afternoon. Hillman has worked as the Mavericks’ Head Coach and Director of Player Operations since the conception of the Missouri franchise in 2009, and served as an integral part in laying the foundation for successful teams during its first five seasons in the Central Hockey League.
“This was a very tough decision for both me and my family. We have so many fond memories of the last five seasons with the Mavericks,” said Hillman. “I want to thank Brent Thiessen and the ownership group for the opportunity to be part of the best franchise in the CHL. I can't thank the staff and the fans enough for the support and passion they have displayed over the last five years.”
The Mavericks have begun a national search for a new head coach, confident that they will find the right person to build a strong team, and take the Missouri franchise to the next level.
“Scott was a huge part of the Mavericks from day one, his dedication to making this team a standout in the league was evident every season, and the sacrifices he made every day to push our players to be at their best will not be forgotten,” said Brent Thiessen, President and General Manager of the Missouri Mavericks. “We as an organization wish Scott and his family nothing but the best as they pursue their future endeavors.”
“It is time now for the Mavericks to look forward to the next five seasons, and fill the position with someone who shares this community’s passion for our team, and is ready to carry on the legacy and standard of excellence which the Mavs have built thus far.”
The Missouri Mavericks have captured a CHL playoff bid every season, finishing out the 2013-14 season on top of the league with a franchise-record 44 wins; taking home their first ever Bud Poile Governors’ Cup as regular season champions.