Dallas Stars: Jeff Truitt

The Dallas Stars and Texas Stars announced this morning that Texas Stars head coach Jeff Pyle and assistant coach Jeff Truitt have been relieved of their duties.

Texas finished last in the AHL's Western Conference and 29th in a 30 team league with a 31-40-5 record this season. The team missed the playoffs for the first time in its three year existence.

"These are difficult decisions," said Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. "We fell short of where we thought the bar needed to be this year with respect to our minor league team. I think looking ahead we realize the importance of the situation here moving forward, especially with all those kids we have coming in to that team. We just felt it was the right decision for our organization moving forward."

Several of Dallas' top prospects will play in Texas next season, including goaltender Jack Campbell, defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, defenseman Patrik Nemeth, forward Alex Chiasson and forward Austin Smith. Campbell, Chiasson and Smith played there the final few weeks of this season.

Pyle and Truitt took over the Texas Stars last summer after head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant Paul Jerrard, who had guided Texas to the playoffs in the team's first two seasons, were promoted to the Dallas Stars' coaching staff.

Nieuwendyk said the Stars are in no rush to find a replacement.

"We'll let the dust settle a bit and we'll have plenty of time to go through the [search process]," Nieuwendyk said.
The Texas Stars have rounded out their coaching staff, naming Jeff Truitt as assistant coach. Truitt, who had been with San Antonio of the AHL, joins Jeff Pyle, who was named head coach of Texas last week. Here's the press release.
Texas Stars General Manager Scott White announced on Monday that the team has named Jeff Truitt Assistant Coach.

Truitt brings a wealth of hockey experience to Texas, joining newly appointed Head Coach Jeff Pyle behind the Stars bench. He comes to the Stars after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach with San Antonio, helping the Rampage post its best record in four seasons (40-33-4-5, 87 points). In 2009-10, he served as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Warriors finished with a 33-27-0-12 mark and made an appearance in the 2010 WHL Playoffs. Prior to his time in Moose Jaw, Truitt spent two season coaching in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons. Truitt was the Falcons’ assistant coach in 2007-08 and then took over as the head coach in 2008-09. Truitt’s team posted a 16-27-0-7 mark in 50 games.

“We are pleased to add Jeff Truitt to our coaching staff here in Texas,” said General Manager Scott White. “He has experience at the AHL level and has proven that he can work with young players. We expect him to play a key role in developing future Dallas Stars.”

From 1993-2007, Truitt enjoyed coaching success in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Kelowna Rockets. He served as an assistant coach in Lethbridge from 1993-96, then moved on to Kelowna in the same capacity from 2000-04. The native of Rosetown, SK earned a promotion to Head Coach in Kelowna in 2004. He guided the Rockets to a WHL Championship and an appearance in the Memorial Cup in the spring of 2005. In three seasons with Truitt as the head coach, the Rockets posted a 113-76-18-9 mark with two postseason appearances. In his seven seasons with Kelowna, the Rockets won two WHL championships (2003, 2005), two WHL regular season titles (2003, 2004), made three consecutive trips to the Memorial Cup tournament (2003, 2004, 2005) and one Memorial Cup championship (2004). Truitt was also instrumental in helping Team Canada’s National Junior Team win a silver medal in 2004, as well as taking gold by winning the under-18 world juniors in 2004.

Truitt and his wife Shauna have two children; son Cale and daughter Kerrington.