YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Head Coach John Wroblewski announced that he is resigning as the Youngstown Phantoms’ head coach, less than a year after taking the position.
Wroblewski, who took the position with the Phantoms in July of 2015, is taking a head coaching position with the National Team Development Program (NTDP). He will become the bench boss for the U.S. National Under-18 Team, replacing Don Granato.
“Despite only being here for one year, Youngstown felt like home,” Wroblewski said. “Our fans and the community are so supportive, and there is always a sense of family. I loved my players and hockey staff. They all have a bright future in this game. The Phantoms’ next coach will be in great hands with the culture and work ethic that GM Jason Koehler has ingrained. Lastly, I’d like to thank the ownership group for the opportunity to coach in Youngstown.”
Under Wroblewski’s season with the Phantoms the team ended 31-20-9, and Cameron Morrison was named USHL Rookie of the Year after leading all rookies in scoring with 66 points (34G-32A) in 60 games.
Phantoms Co-owner Troy Loney said he appreciated Wroblewski’s work with the team
“We are happy that John has the opportunity to represent the United States on the international coaching level. Our mission as an organization is to give our staff the experience and tools needed to achieve goals they have set for themselves. We appreciated John’s year with the Phantoms and wish him nothing but continued success in the future,” he said.
The Phantoms will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.