It’s been a busy day for the Crunch.
Trent Cull, formerly the head coach of the OHL’s Subury Wolves, has left his post to join the Syracuse Crunch.
Cull, a 39-year-old native of Georgetown, Ont., will join the Crunch as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. As the head coach of the Subury Wolves, he lead the team to three straight playoff appearances, and an overall record of 94-88-11-11. Though the Wolves never advanced beyond the second round of the OHL playoffs, Cull brought them out of the basement of their division. Before Cull took the reigns in 2010-11, the Wolves finished in 5th place in their division in three consecutive seasons.
Last night, Syracuse Hockey’s Twitter account (@syrhockey) reported that Cull had resigned from his job with the Wolves with a year remaining on his contract.
Cull, a former AHL defenceman, spent ten years in the league before hanging up the skates in 2003-04 as a member of the Crunch. Immediately following his retirement, Cull took an assistant coach position with the OHL’s Guelph Storm.
After two years behind the bench in Guelph, Cull was given the call to come join his former squad behind the bench, and in 2006-07 Cull joined the team as an assistant, a role he will reprise in the 2013-14 campaign.
UPDATE: Cull spoke with Syracuse.com’s Lindsay Kramer:
“Some people might view this as a sidestep. I don’t,” Cull said Wednesday night. “This is the next step in my career. I think this is the right thing for me right now. I’m going to learn from great people. This is one of the best opportunities that has come my way in a long time. I’m really excited to be part of the Tampa Bay organization.”