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Oakland Head Coach Jeremy Bachusz Resigns

Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 12:27 AM / OU Hockey Insider


Rochester, MI- Oakland University Hockey has won more games under Head Coach Jeremy Bachusz than any other Oakland coach. Today Bachusz announced he is stepping down for personal reasons.

“My time at Oakland was a big learning curve every year.” Bachusz stated.

“You go through a lot of different hurdles with recruiting, fundraising and the budget. I was able to grow a lot as a coach and learn every season from the guys that we had.”

Bachusz added; “We had a great group of guys that believed in the program and we had a lot of success because of that.”

Bachusz spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Oakland and won the 2007 ACHA DI National Championship. He also took the Grizzlies to the 2012 ACHA DI National Championship game as head coach.

He took over as head coach prior to the 2009-2010 season and in his first season as head coach Bachusz led Oakland to an impressive 12 win improvement from the previous season.

Bachusz finishes with a career record of 96-56-13 with a 58% winning percentage.

His teams were known for their offensive fire power, aggressive penalty killing and aggressive forechecking and were consistently ranked with the best in ACHA DI.

The 96 wins by Bachusz is first all-time at Oakland with former Grizzlies head coach Sean Hogan with 88 wins. Bachusz passed Hogan earlier this season.

He was also named 2012 GLCHL Coach-of-the Year.

In his third season Bachusz led the Grizzlies to its first regular season GLCHL championship. That season also saw the Grizzlies win “The Good Luck Duck” over rival Davenport.

Bachusz hopes the vision he had for the program will continue and become a reality.

“We have the vision of Oakland University Hockey becoming a fully funded program at some point in the future and potentially having a rink on campus and we have seen improvements every season.” Bachusz said.

“I hope that it continues and I hope the university buys in with the league and the ACHA and what the program can do to benefit the school.”

Bachusz also wanted to show his support for his former Oakland defenseman Dustin Hopfner, who signed an ECHL contract earlier this month.

“Obviously Hops (Hopfner) had a very good short career at Oakland.” Bachusz stated.

“He deserves the opportunity to go (to the ECHL) and play professional hockey. We are very happy and proud for him and I am looking forward to following his career through the coming years.”

Bachusz added; “He’s got a lot of potential to improve his game every season and you never know what can happen once you get that shot.”

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