The South Carolina Stingrays, celebrating 20 years of hockey in the Lowcountry and proud ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins, announced today that J.B. Bittner has returned as the team's assistant coach.
"He was a huge asset to the organization last year," said Stingrays Head Coach Spencer Carbery. "He excelled in taking over our player development and working with the players on an individual basis. We are very pleased to have him back on board."
In his first season as assistant coach, Bittner helped the Stingrays to a 37-28-4-3 record and a berth in the Kelly Cup playoffs. Before joining the Stingrays, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native spent three seasons as an assistant coach and video coordinator with Ohio State University guiding the Buckeyes to a 53-51-14 mark. As a player, Bittner saw ECHL action with the Dayton Bombers, Johnstown Chiefs, Augusta Lynx, Idaho Steelheads and Florida Everblades registering 106 points (38g, 68a) in 161 games over three seasons. He also earned time in the American Hockey League with the Syracuse Crunch, Portland Pirates and Iowa Stars grabbing six goals and three assists for nine points in 30 contests.
"I am looking forward to getting started," Bittner said. "Towards the end of last season, Spencer and I got to know each others tendencies and this season will be better for both of us."
Prior to turning pro, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound forward skated for four seasons at Ohio State where he posted 76 points (37g, 39a) in 160 games, captained the 2004 CCHA Super Six championship team, played on three NCAA tournament teams, received the team's Joseph W. Smith Best Defensive Player award in 2005 and won the Scarlet and Grey award in 2003 and 2005.