April 30, 2014
Tomahawks' Part Ways with Head Coach Jason Spence
Tomahawks' assistant Mike Letizia will assume head coaching duties in the interim but is not being labeled as the Interim Head coach.
The team is currently talking with a lot of people interested in the job and are setting up interviews for the position.
Letizia is expected to be one of the men hoping to interview for the job.
Many people who followed the team expected that this might be a possible move the team would make after the Tomahawks lost in the first round of the playoffs again this year, and completely fell apart the last few months of the season.
The Tomahawks only won two of their last 15 games of the year.
Johnstown was a team that looked to have a lot of talent at the beginning of the season, and at one point had a record of 20-12-2, which was good for second place.
Then for whatever reason it all went down hill and the team finished with a record of 28-27-5.
Jason Spence was a fan favorite when he was a Johnstown Chiefs' player. He was also great in the community and help build the Tomahawks' to where they are today on and off the ice.
No doubt he'll find a job elsewhere and have many good season ahead of him. The journey though with the Tomahawks is over.
We expect the team to find a new coach within the next month as the team will hold their first off season tryout on May 30- June 1, which will then lead to the 2014 NAHL Draft.
It would make sense to have the tryout and draft with a new bench boss so he can build his team.
You can read the team press release here, or you can see the Tribune Democrat article here, featuring quotes from Spence and Boyd.