Everett Silvertips' Assistant Coach Mark LeRose is headed to the AHL. He's been hired as an Assistant Coach for the Houston Aeros, the Minnesota Wild's AHL affiliate. The Aeros are no strangers to Silvertips fans, who followed Houston's amazing season through the words of former 'Tip captain Mitch Love, who, along with former Everett teammate John Lammers, helped the Aeros advance to the third round of the Calder Cup playoffs.
LeRose spent two years in Everett, and goes to Houston with an extensive resume. He served as Assistant Coach for the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) in 2004-2005, and in the same capacity for the University of Wisconsin Badgers in 2003-2004. Many of the players he helped recruit for Wisconsin played on the Badgers' 2006 Championship team. As a coaching assistant for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1999-2000, LeRose was responsible for helping players develop on-ice skills, and also for breaking down pre-game videos. Before joining the Silvertips' staff in 2007, he worked for the company Next Testing, where he helped develop the testing protocol for the NHL Combine.
In a news release, Everett Silvertips' Vice President & General Manager Doug Soetaert said, "We really appreciate everything Mark has done for our young players over the last two years. We wish him the best of success in his new position."
Our friends at "The Third Intermission" have confirmed through Head Coach Kevin Constantine that LeRose was joining his staff. The two last worked together when Constantine coached the Penguins in 1999-2000.