Smith returns to Spitfires bench, Roeszler added as skills coach
Assistant coach Jerrod Smith has signed a new two-year deal with the Windsor Spitfires. (Courtesy Windsor Spitfires)
The Windsor Spitfires are solidifying their coaching staff for the upcoming Ontario Hockey League season.
Assistant Coach Jerrod Smith has inked a new two-year deal to stay with the club. Smith, 33, will enter his seventh season and fifth behind the bench.
The Burlington native says the chance to work under new head coach Trevor Letowski was too good to pass up.
"I'm excited to stay in Windsor and to continue to be part of a great organization," Smith said. "Anytime you get to work with a guy like Trevor Letowski, it's something I couldn't turn down.”
General Manager Warren Rychel also hired Tyler Roeszler as Player Development and Skills Coach.
The 28-year-old Chatham native was a 15th round pick of the Spitfires in 2004. He played for the hometown Maroons from 2005 to 2007 before spending four years at Cornell University.
After a brief pro career overseas, Roeszler spent three years as a coach with the Maroons before parts of two seasons behind the bench at the University of Guelph.
"I'm really excited to join this staff and to work with Trevor and Jerrod," Roeszler said. "Being a local guy, this is a special opportunity."
In his new role, Roeszler will assist the coaching staff by providing structure around skill and individual player development.