Jutting named new UNO assistant coach

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Nebraska Omaha announced Tuesday the hiring of Troy Jutting as the Mavericks’ new assistant coach. Jutting spent the last 12 seasons as the head coach at Minnesota State. (Photo credit: Matthew Semisch)

One of college hockey’s least well-kept secrets of this offseason was officially let out Tuesday, with Nebraska Omaha announcing it has named Troy Jutting as its new assistant hockey coach.

Jutting comes into the Maverick fold having spent the past 12 seasons as the men’s hockey head coach at Minnesota State. Jutting put together a career record of 184-224-55 at MSU and was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year in 2002-03 and 2007-08.

An MSU grad, Jutting’s role at UNO will be his first college coaching job away from his alma mater.

Jutting replaces Brian Renfrew, who left UNO after a one-season stint to become a scout for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League.

“We are fortunate that we have been able to add someone of Troy’s experience to our staff,” UNO head coach Dean Blais said in a statement.  “After so many games coaching against us, he knows our program and our players.

“Just as important, he knows the WCHA and what it takes to be successful there.  I think he can help us as we compete for league and national championships.”

A native of Richfield, Minn., Jutting spent a total of 28 years at Minnesota State. He played for the Mavericks between 1982 and 1986 before becoming an assistant coach there from 1990-2000.

Jutting is UNO’s second hire during this offseason, with Blais having acquired assistant coach Steve Johnson in June. Johnson, who had spent the past two seasons as an assistant at St. Cloud State, came to UNO to replace Mike Hastings, who left UNO to replace Jutting as Minnesota State’s head coach.

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