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Mike Jankowski steps down as Central Catholic boys hockey coach
Jim Clark Friday, April 29, 2016
Mike Jankowski has stepped down after 15 season as boys hockey coach at Central Catholic, the school announced Friday.
“It’s time to go," Jankowski said in a statement released by the school. "My leave-taking is bittersweet. I’m going to really miss the kids at Central Catholic. On the other hand, I’m excited to be able to devote more time to my family and helping my daughter, Bella's (a Central Catholic junior and softball player) college selection process as well as to watch the development of my son, Noah, who played hockey for us last year and is now playing baseball at Central.”
Jankowski, a 1987 graduate of Central Catholic who starred on the ice for the Red Raiders, went 204-113-39 in his 15 seasons while turning his alma mater into one of the state's top programs over the past decade. Central Catholic went 16-9-1 this past season and was selected for the Super Eight tournament for the eighth consecutive season (and ninth time overall), falling to BC High in a three-game quarterfinal series. The Raiders' best season was 2012, when they reached the Super Eight semifinals before falling to eventual champion Malden Catholic.
“I am so proud that I leave the Central Catholic hockey program in great shape," Jankowski said. "I am thrilled with our program’s accomplishments but, honestly, my greatest joy at Central Catholic has been the opportunity to coach the fine young men and see them succeed both on and off the ice.”
Added Central Catholic athletic director Ernie DiFiore: "“Mike did a fantastic job for us. He would be the first to say that one of his proudest achievements at Central was starting a JV-B program for those of our students who loved both hockey and the chance to represent our school. It gave a lot of good kids the chance to develop. We have about 60 kids participating in hockey each year. This is due to Mike’s love of hockey and love for Central kids.”
DiFiore said the coaching vacancy will be posted immediately.
who will be the new coach ?
Any update on new coach?
from the tribune yesterday:
Central Catholic hires longtime assistant Brandvold as new boys hockey coach
LAWRENCE — In search of a coach to replace the man that turned Central Catholic hockey into a powerhouse, the Raiders found the perfect match in someone already well entrenched in the school’s hockey tradition.
Longtime Central assistant coach Kim Brandvold had been hired as the new Raiders head boys hockey coach, the school announced on Wednesday.
“I’m thrilled to get the job,” said Brandvold, who spent the last eight years as a Raiders assistant. “I’ve been a part of this program and community for a long time and I’m excited to keep the traditions and success of this program moving forward. I love coaching at Central Catholic.”
Brandvold, the Boston Bruins skating and skills coach, replaces Mike Jankowski, who stepped down in April after 15 years and 204 victories.
“I knew as soon as Mike stepped down that I wanted to put my name in for the job,” said the 34-year-old Brandvold. “I had my last interview the other day and found out (Wednesday) morning that I got the job. My goal is to make playing at Central a great experience for the kids and keep the success on the ice going.”
Athletic director Ernie DiFiore said he feels Brandvold is a perfect fit for the job.
“Kim has been with us for eight years and has shown himself to be a terrific coach and a great person,” said DiFiore. “His hockey IQ is terrific, he is focused and energetic and he is excellent with the kids. He has all the qualities we were looking for in a coach.”
A native of Oslo, Norway, Brandvold did not move to America until he was recruited to play hockey for UMass Lowell. While learning English — his first language is Norwegian — he spent four years as a defenseman for the River Hawks.
After three seasons of minor league hockey, Brandvold returned to the Merrimack Valley to teach hockey skills. That’s when he first met Jankowski.
“I met Mike while I was running a training facility in North Andover and we just hit it off,” said Brandvold, who lives in Dracut. “He asked me to come on as volunteer coach, and I did that for two years before being hired. Every year Mike gave me more to do and I learned so much from him every season.”
Does that mean coaches kid is first line center. After all he was second line center last year out every other shift. Half the team left anyway. Great job coaches