KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan hockey program and head coach Andy Murray have announced the hiring of J.J. Crew to the position of Director of Player Development.
Crew, a WMU alum, has picked up a variety of coaching experience on his way back to Lawson Ice Arena. After helping the Broncos win the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament Championship in 2012 he graduated with a degree in criminal justice. He then went on to coach in the USPHL Elite league with the Hampton Road Warriors as an assistant coach. From there he moved on to be the head coach of the Colorado Rampage Junior A team of the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League from 2015-16. Recently he served as a graduate assistant coach for Ohio University's ACHA Division I team under former WMU Hockey volunteer assistant coach Sean Hogan.
"We are excited about J.J. coming back to Kalamazoo and joining our staff," said Murray. "He went right away into coaching after a very successful playing career at WMU and has picked up a great amount of experience. We know he will help us give the best opportunity to get the most out of our student-athletes on and off the ice."
Crew replaces David Killip, who recently took an assistant coaching position with Salmon Arm of the British Columbia Hockey League. Crew will assist the staff in analyzing the development of the student-athletes, recognition of skill sets and areas of improvement for the team, and help monitor academic progress for the team.