Michael Lysyj becomes the eighth head coach in junior franchise history. Lysyj spent last season on the bench as an assistant coach for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL. Lysyj was responsible for the Buccaneer’s Power Play that finished 5th in the league at a 21.5% success rate.
Previously, Lysyj spent the 2019-2020 season with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. The Silvertips led the WHL that season in wins (46) and finished one point shy of the Scotty Munro Trophy (most points in the WHL regular season) at 46-13-3-1 (96 points), before the league’s conclusion of the season in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2019-2020 Silvertips team has since seen 6 players sign NHL Entry Level Contracts.
Lysyj has spent time as an assistant coach in the NCAA ranks at Division I (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and Division III (SUNY Fredonia) recruiting and developing players. In his final season at SUNY Fredonia the 5thseeded Blue Devils made an impressive run to the SUNYAC Final where they ultimately fell short of the Conference Championship.