Former Mankato West, Minnesota State and Gustavus Adolphus hockey player Corey Leivermann was hired to coach a junior hockey team, the Jersey Shore Wildcats, a member of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3).
Leivermann, 26, a 2008 West graduate, played 2 1/2 seasons at MSU before finishing his career with the Gusties. He was Gustavus' captain and a Division III All-American as a senior. Following his college career, he had a brief professional stop in Germany and the SPHL. Last season, he was a scout for the NAHL's Wichita Falls Wildcats.
“We are very excited to have Corey on board with us this season,” Wildcats general manager Eric Brule said in a press release. “After numerous interviews of potential candidates for the position, we are confident Corey is the right person for the job and was also highly recommended by the coaching staff in Wichita Falls. Corey is a natural leader with a great personality that will fit nicely with the players. With the relationships his has at the junior and collegiate levels, he will be a great asset for the players to have a chance to be promoted in the future. I look forward to have him on our staff and work with him on and off the ice."
For more on the NA3, read my story on the New Ulm Steel, a team that is moving from the Twin Cities and will begin play this fall. One of that team's players: Dylan Leivermann, Corey's younger brother.