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Degenhardt gets both Chill head coach and GM jobs


Onalaska, WISCONSIN (WXOW)  The Coulee Region Chill are sticking with A.J. Degenhardt as their head coach and promoting him to general manager as well.

Chill owner Michelle Bryant made that official in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

Degenhardt took over for John Hamre, who was fired on January 3rd.

The Chill were 8-20 under Degenhardt and failed to make the playoffs.

But the 30-year old La Crosse native showed enough leadership to convince Bryant to lead the team down the road.

"It's always and interesting when you take over a team part way through a season. You find some things that worked during the season and find things that didn't work. But I have my ideas in place. I want to build my foundation around here and the principles we want to run the team by. We're going to build off those. So it's going to be exciting to get my own group of guys in here and start directing them the way we'd like to," Degenhardt told News 19.

In the news release, Bryant said "A.J.'s vision for the team is very much in alignment with our visions for the Chill.  There is rebuilding work to be done and A.J. is the right person to take this team to the next level."

Degenhardt has been working with new assistant coach Erick Largen on evaluating talent for next season.

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