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Tyler Naugler named Huskies interim head coach

Tyler Naugler named Huskies interim head coach

Saint Mary's University is pleased to announce that Tyler Naugler will assume the role of interim head coach of the Huskies men's hockey program. 

 

Entering into his 19th season with the Huskies, Naugler has been an assistant coach with the team and an important part of the hockey program. For seven years (1997 – 2004), Naugler worked alongside former head coach Trevor Stienburg, to help shape a new era in Huskies' hockey tradition. With Naugler's help, the team won an AUS championship in 2002 for the first time in 25 years. He returned to the Huskies in 2010 to help bring home the National Championship Gold medal and win a Silver medal in 2013 and a Bronze medal in 2015.

 

"I am very pleased to announce Tyler as our new interim head coach," says Scott Gray, Saint Mary's University's Director of Athletics and Recreation. "He has proven his dedication to the Huskies both on and off the ice, creating a nurturing environment for our student-athletes."

 

His success with the Huskies and key role in youth hockey development supports Gray's confidence in Naugler to develop creative ways for the team to grow and train. Given the suspended competition for the Fall 2020 varsity season, he has already begun to create new ways to keep athletes engaged and safe.

 

"Coaching has always been a passion of mine," says Naugler. "Growing up, I would often call coaches or just show up at the rink to see if I could step in and help with younger teams."

 

In addition to his excellent work with the Huskies, Naugler has also worked to help young players at the grassroots level.  Through his work with the Saint Mary's Jr. Huskies Camp over the years, he was appointed the Director. Naugler is also the Lead Instructor and Director of Player development with N.S. Prospects.

 

A Bridgewater native, Naugler came up through their local minor hockey system alongside NHL star Glenn Murray. He is a former MJAHL player who skated alongside NHL's Aaron Downey of the Detroit Red Wings and Eric Boulton of the Atlanta Thrashers for three seasons with the Cole Harbour Scotia Colts.