The Indy Fuel announced Tuesday that they have hired John Bierchen to act as the club’s full-time Assistant Coach.
“On behalf of the entire Indy Fuel organization, we are extremely excited to have John join our coaching staff,” Head Coach Bernie John said in the team release. “His name came up through some quality references who all spoke very highly of him. Moving forward he will have a hand in many different areas of the hockey operations department, and will help play a critical role in helping our organization take the next step forward.”
Bierchen comes to Indianapolis from the University of Alabama, where he acted as head coach of the school’s D1 ACHA team. Under Bierchen, the Crimson Tide earned a 19-14-2 record, the most wins in the program’s Division 1 ACHA history.
Prior to coaching Alabama, the native of Clearwater, Florida spent three years as the assistant coach of the SPHL’s Columbus Cottonmouths from 2013-2016. While in Columbus, Bierchen coached the Cottonmouths to a 79-74-15 record including two playoff berths and a trip to the President’s Cup Finals in 2014.
“It’s an honor to get an opportunity to coach with an elite organization in the Indy Fuel,” said Bierchen in the team release. “Getting to work with Bernie John, the players, and the rest of the Fuel organization is going to be an elite experience and I look forward to putting in a relentless effort every day to make sure we are successful on and off the ice.”
Bringing in Bierchen to the Fuel organization gives head coach Bernie John a second set of eyes and another person to assist in day-to-day activities. It also brings a younger, more relatable face for players coming into the locker room.
This addition could play well for the Fuel this season. Having two full-time coaches gives that many more chances to operate the team and create a winning lineup.