By Kevin Scott
GREAT FALLS, Mont., May 1, 2018 — The Great Falls Americans of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), are pleased to announce that Greg Sears will be the team’s new Head Coach and General Manager.
He replaces Jeff Heimel, who was recently hired to be the new head coach for the inaugural University of Providence men’s hockey team in Great Falls.
The new coach of the Americans is originally from Webster, Wisconsin and has over 11 years of coaching experience on his resume. During the 2017-18 season, Sears was the head coach of the Florida Eels Elite team from the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL).
The Wisconsin native and new Americans mentor spent the 2016-17 season as an Assistant Coach for the Americans rival, the Yellowstone Quake of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL). He helped guide that team to a 40-4-3 record that won the Frontier Division regular season title and the playoff title that represented the Frontier Division in the 2017 Silver Cup Championship Tournament.
During the previous season (2015-16), he was the head coach of the Atlanta Fire U18 AAA hockey program as well as the Assistant Hockey Director in Alpharetta, Georgia. The new member of the Americans staff also spent the 2013-14 season as an Assistant Coach for the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) Coulee Region Chill.
In addition to his junior hockey coaching stints, he was also spent time coaching at the high school level in Wisconsin for eight years with stops at both Webster High School and La Crosse High School.
He also played club hockey at the University of Minnesota and was a member of the St. Mary’s University baseball team in Winona, Minnesota.
Greg brings with him to Great Falls his family including wife, Serena and their three children, Carson, Olivia, and Gracie.
“We want to continue the standard of excellence we have established here in the past eight years and I think Greg is the right coach to continue that success,” said Great Falls Americans owner Jim Keough. “He has been already working very hard on recruiting and talking with players from last year’s team about his vision and goals for our program. It is all about developing players and that is a goal both Greg and the organization have in common. We are very excited to have him a part of our team and see what the future brings.”
He is already in Great Falls getting ready for the 2018-19 season for the Americans.
Additional Links: Great Falls Americans Staff Bios
Additional Media Coverage: May 2, 2018: Great Falls Tribune: Greg Sears to take over behind Americans bench