YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Phantoms formally introduced John Wroblewski as the fourth head coach in franchise history. The introductory press conference took place at the Covelli Centre Tuesday morning. Wroblewski spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Rochester (NY) Americans in the American Hockey League (AHL), the top affiliate club of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.
Prior to his time in Rochester, Wroblewski spent three seasons in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) as both a Head and Assistant Coach. His time as an ECHL Assistant was in Wheeling (WV) for the Nailers (Pittsburgh Penguins Affiliate). He then earned a Head Coaching position with the Gwinnett (GA) Gladiators, where he had two successful seasons and was named co-recipient of the 2011-12 ECHL Coach of the Year award. During his time in Gwinnett, the club advanced to the playoffs both seasons, won two Southeast Division titles, and had the Eastern Division’s best winning percentage in those two seasons.
Wroblewski began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the USA National Team Development Program (NTDP) located in Ann Arbor, MI. With USA, John worked with some of the top American coaches to advance to the NHL the last few seasons – John Hynes (current Head Coach of the New Jersey Devils) and Ron Rolston (former Head Coach of the Buffalo Sabres and current SpringfieldFalcons Head Coach in the AHL for the Phoenix Coyotes). He also worked with college coaching legend and Yale bench boss Tim Taylor prior to his passing while in Ann Arbor with the NTDP.
Wroblewski’s time as a player includes being a part of the USA NTDP, followed by four seasons at Notre Dame University, where he served as a team captain. Following his college playing career, John played pro hockey in the ECHL for four seasons with the Fresno (CA) Falcons.
Wroblewski hails from Neenah, Wisconsin and will be officially introduced to the media and Youngstown community at a later date.