The Amarillo Wranglers of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that Harry Mahood has signed a three-year deal to become the team’s first Head Coach and General Manager beginning with the 2021-22 season.
“The coach is the most important asset to a junior hockey team. We are committed to development and community first and we needed someone who has experience and understands our primary focus. Teams are built on trust, relationships, and establishing a professional culture, and there is no one better in hockey to do that than Coach Mahood. We are honored and humbled to be able to have him as the first-ever Head Coach and GM in the Amarillo Wranglers franchise history,” said Wranglers Team President and Owner Austin Sutter.
Mahood enters his first season as Wranglers Head Coach and GM with 20+ years of experience behind the bench, most recently with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach for the Bloomington Thunder (USHL) in 2014-15 when he was an assistant under current Silvertips head coach and former Amarillo Bulls head coach Dennis Williams. As an assistant coach, he also worked with Williams to lead the Amarillo Bulls to a Robertson Cup title in 2012-13 and additionally has 13 seasons as a head coach in the United States and in Europe.
While with Bloomington, the Thunder finished a USHL expansion season of 2014-15 over the .500 mark in points percentage, at 29-24-7. Previously, Mahood worked on Williams’ bench with the Amarillo Bulls (NAHL) from 2012-14, when Amarillo combined for a record of 86-21-23, goal differential of +217, and earned a Robertson Cup title.
With Mahood in Amarillo for both seasons, the Bulls finished as the league leader or second in goals scored and earned back-to-back South Division titles. He served as assistant coach from 2009-11 and associate head coach in 2011-12 with the Topeka RoadRunners (NAHL), helping the franchise capture a pair of South Division titles, a President’s Cup in 2011, and role as host of the Robertson Cup. While Mahood was in Topeka, he helped develop nearly 40 players for advancement onto the NCAA level.
Mahood led the Phoenix Polar Bears for ten seasons as general manager and head coach from 1999-2009, leading the program to a national championship in 2003, silver medal finish in 2002, and helping over 160 players advance to higher levels of hockey. He earned his start of his coaching career in Germany with TuS Geretsried (1995-97) and served as a consultant with the Phoenix Coyotes from 1998-99.
The native of Thompson, Manitoba is a former forward with four years (1979-83) of playing experience in the WHL, suiting up in 202 career games with Nanaimo, Billings, Spokane, and Great Falls with 238 points (102g-136a) and 232 penalty minutes. He skated for four seasons (1983-87) with the Univ. of Manitoba (CIAU) and played professionally for four seasons with TuS Geretsried, additionally earning a free agent contract with the Calgary Flames.