After the fourth title with EHC Munich, his ninth DEL championship overall, Don Jackson stops coaching the German champions.
Munich’s ice hockey head coach Don Jackson, who has just coached a team to the title in the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) for the ninth time, is quitting his job on the sidelines after more than 1,000 games. The DEL record coach triumphed five times with Berlin and now for the fourth time with EHC Munich.
Now the 66-year-old champion maker tearfully announced his departure as a coach: “It’s no surprise, the decision was easy for me, but great emotions are always part of it.”
Sports director Winkler touched: “The most beautiful nine years”
Sports director Christian Winkler initially choked on emotion and tears, then he said clearly touched: “It was the nine best years that we have ever experienced in Munich ice hockey” and further: “The coach is world class, the person is even better .”
But Jackson will not leave completely, he will stay in the Red Bull cosmos and take on a position as “Head of Coaches Development”. “We are an organization with many trainers. Don will take all the coaches by the hand and pass on his experience,” said Winkler, emphasizing that it was clear to him and the group that they “the people and the personality of Don Jackson”. really wanted to keep.
It has not yet been announced who will be his successor as head coach. Traded is, inter alia, ex-national coach Toni Söderholm.
Emotional conclusion to a coaching era at the EHC
At the end of the press conference, Winkler and Jackson hugged and the sports director said to the record coach: “You laid the foundation for everything we are now. Thank you.”
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Source: BR24Sport 04/28/2023 – 3:55 p.m