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Finding Success as a young Coach, with Matt McIlvane

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At just 35-years old, he's worked his way to a job in one of Europe's top leagues.


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For episode #146 of the Glass and Out Podcast, we welcome one of the top, young coaches in hockey.

At just 35-years old, Matt McIlvane has quickly worked his way up the coaching ladder. Some of the accomplishments in his young career include becoming the head coach of EC Red Bull Salzburg, an Olympic Silver medal, and three DEL league titles.

While you may not be too familiar with the name now, it likely won’t be long before you we see him behind an NHL bench.

Following a playing career in the minors, McIlvane began his coaching career at just 26-years old with the Danville Dashers of the now defunct Federal Hockey League. The following season, he would join Drake Berehowsky’s staff in Orlando of the ECHL for one season.

His first opportunity with EC Red Bull would come when his former coach, Don Jackson, invited him to Salzburg. After one season, both coaches would move to Red Bull’s sister franchise in Munich of the DEL, where they built a dynasty that would capture 3 consecutive league titles..

Then in 2019, at the age of 33, McIlvane would move back to Salzburg to become the head coach of EC Red Bull. This past season, the club tasted playoff success, advancing to the semi-finals.

In addition to his club duties, he was a member of Germany’s coaching staff during their cinderella run at the 2018 Winter Olympics, where they captured a Silver medal. He was also recently a part of Germany’s entry at the 2021 World Hockey Championships, where Germany advanced to the final four.

Find out about his motivation behind an early entry into coaching, the importance of having good mentors, and what he’s learned about creating a championship culture in this week’s podcast!

If you enjoy this conversation, McIlvane will be presenting at TCS Live, our hockey coaches conference taking place June 15-17th at the University of Michigan. He’ll be joined by a collection of some of the top coaches and performance experts in our game.




    
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