The Wranglers have named Cody Gylling, former Amarillo Bull, as the team’s first assistant coach.
Gylling was a member of the Amarillo Bulls from 2013-2015 where he put up 86 total points in 107 games through two seasons.
“I am beyond excited to be joining Coach Mahood,” Gylling said. “ ‘Hoody’ is a proven leader, a tireless worker, and a beacon of knowledge.”
The Mahood, Gylling dynamic was strong in Amarillo but dates back to Phoenix where Mahood was the coach of Gylling and the Phoenix Polar Bears. Following his time in junior hockey, Gylling moved on to play Division I hockey for Arizona State University.
“Cody was a player I admired greatly when I coached him during the 2013-14 season in Amarillo,” Mahood said. “Cody was a very dedicated athlete, a great student, and had a very high hockey IQ that allowed him to be a Division 1 college hockey player.”
After graduating from ASU, Gylling turned his sights to coaching and developing the next generation of highly-skilled players.
“He has been actively coaching U16 & U18 hockey as well as serving as a High-Performance Skills Coach for the next generation of players,” Mahood said.
With the task of putting together an entire roster from scratch, Gylling knows what his various roles will include.
“Part of that process means ultimately being a resource for our young men,” Gylling said. “Not only in regard to teaching but helping guide their long-term development.”
Gylling is looking forward to guiding and developing the next generation of Amarillo hockey players.
“Cody will not only share his abilities with our Junior players but also our young players within the Amarillo Hockey Association,” Mahood said.
“It is also very important to us is establishing cohesion with our Wrangler’s youth program, where our youth hockey players look up to and aspire to be a Wrangler,” Gylling said.
Mahood and Gylling are looking forward to bringing a spark and a whole lot of passion to Amarillo and the fans.
“Amarillo is filled with genuine people who love their hockey,” Gylling said. “We are excited about getting our guys to Amarillo and establishing a presence in the community.”