May 19, 2017 10:03 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The Lourdes Eagles have hired not one, but two new head coaches to lead the Eagles’ boys’ hockey program next season—Joe Knoepke and Bryan Frischmann.
The hiring was made official on Friday. Knoepke and Frischmann played high school hockey together at Rochester Century, and were a key part of the Panthers 2005 and 2007 Class AA state tournament teams.
Knoepke and Frischmann have known each other since 2nd grade, and have played hockey together since 4th grade. “An opportunity came, Joe reached out to me, we threw our hats in the ring and said ‘lets see what happens’,” Frischmann told ABC 6 News.
According to a press release obtained from Rochester Catholic Schools, it states as co-head coaches, their “model duties are assigned,” but “responsibilities are shared, burdens and triumphs are discussed, and support is offered”.
Frischmann said he and Knoepke “interviewed separately” for the head coaching job, saying it was “Joe’s idea” to have co-head coaches. “It might be a little experimental early,” Frischmann said. “But we’ve known each other so long, it should play into some of our strengths.”
When asked who would made the final call in a close hockey game down the line, Frischmann said it wouldn’t just be one person making that call. “I think it’ll be a whole coaching staff decision,” Frischmann said. “I like to think that every coach has a valuable input, so that’s something that’ll obviously play a part. I think that’s more of a group and team discussion.”
Frischmann and Knoepke also have college hockey playing experience—Frischmann was a defenseman at Augsburg College, Knoepke was a forward at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. “Our strengths are in those areas, so that’s probably where we will focus most,” Frischmann added.
Frischmann is currently the head coach of the John Marshall/Lourdes co-op boys lacrosse team, and said he still plans to continue coaching lacrosse next season. Knoepke was an assistant under former head coach Josh Spaniol the previous two seasons.
After eight seasons in charge, Spaniol resigned as the Eagles head coach on April 12th. Spaniol won 121 games, and led Lourdes to four Class A state boys hockey tournaments.
Updated: May 19, 2017 10:03 PM
Created: May 19, 2017 02:34 PM
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