Dayton Demolition Welcome Jack Collins as Head Coach
DAYTON, OH - The Dayton Demolition are pleased to announce that Jack Collins is the inaugural head coach of the team. Demolition Owner Bill Dadds made the announcement and reintroduced Collins at a press conference in Dayton on Saturday.
Collins a Canadian Hockey League alumni, left the game due to mounting injuries. With his competitive playing days over, Jack returned home to Dayton, Ohio, where he was a graduate of Northridge High School, and did what many other high school graduates did at a time when the car industry in Dayton was flourishing. He began a career at the General Motors plant in Vandalia, got married and raised a family.
In 1999 Jack was able to take combined knowledge and experience to professional hockey. The Dayton Bombers of the ECHL. His first job with the team was working as the team statistician or "eye-in-the-sky" for the team's head coach. The Bomber's head coach at the time realized Jack brought more to the table than first realized. One being his professionalism, and work ethic, the following season Jack was given added responsibilities, working video for the team, scouting other teams in the ECHL, and eventually the team's assistant hockey coach.
In 2009, the Dayton Bombers hockey organization closed at the end of the season. For the second time in three decades, Jack would leave home to further his career in hockey. This time to Evansville, Indiana as the head coach of the Evansville Icemen a member of the All-American Hockey League (AAHL).
The sacrifice paid off in the end, with Jack leading the Icemen to the AAHL championship winning the Davidson Championship Cup and leaving his mark on Evansville ice hockey. The following year the City of Evansville was awarded an ECHL franchise, and kept the name the Icemen. However, Evansville was not able to keep Jack, as he decided to return to his wife and his home, Dayton, Ohio.
For the 2011-2012 hockey season Jack decided to take a year off from hockey, and for the first time in six decades, he was out of hockey. The sabbatical would only last a year, the following summer it was announced that Dayton was awarded a Federal Hockey League (FHL) franchise, playing their home games at Hara Arena. The same arena decades earlier, Jack had watched his first professional hockey game, and the rink where he played his youth hockey.
With the assistance of lifelong friend, and former Dayton Gem great Guy Trottier, Jack was given the opportunity to be an off-ice coach under head coach Marc Lefebvre during the Demonz first season in 2012-2013. The Demonz finished in first place, however lost to Danbury in the finals. What looked to be a championship season, as the Demonz had clinched first place by early February, with over a month to spare in regular season play. The party would have to wait another year.
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