by Marc Strauss
BLOOMINGTON – The Bloomington Thunder introduced a new head coach and general manager on Thursday. Mike Watt takes over the bench after two years as one of the team’s assistants under Dennis Williams.
“It means a lot to myself and my family. It’s a very important position and my family and I are grateful that they’ve shown the confidence that I can step up into this position,” said Watt.
Watt hopes to take Bloomington to the next phase of development as a USHL expansion franchise. Last season the Thunder finished with a record of 25-27-5-3, good for 58 points, but missed the playoffs.
The team also elevated Dan Jewell to the dual post of general manager and associate coach. Jewell’s chief responsibility will be scouting and roster construction. Next season will be his fourth with Bloomington. He called his promotion a natural progression of duties.
“It’s grown gradually and, being the assistant GM this past year, now taking over as general manager seems natural in a sense,” said Jewell.
Both men stressed the importance of the franchise becoming more visible in the community and complimented the Coliseum facility as one of the best in the league.