Hans Zach Takes Over as Adler Trainer Until the End of the Season
Following the firing of ex Head Coach Harold Kreis on 31 December 2013, the Adler have signed Hans Zach as the new Head Coach until the end of the season. The Adler signed Zach on 1 January 2014 and he took over training on 2 January and will be behind the bench on Friday in Krefeld.
Hans Zach was born in Bad Toelz and in 1985, after his active time as a player, he began his career as a coach. His first coaching job was for the SB Rosenheim young team. He had success in the early nineties with the Düsseldorf EG, where he won three German Championship titles. Following a year in Kassel, and another year in Düsseldorf and one in Zurich, he took over the German National Team, which he lead to the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt City. From 2002-2006 he was Head Coach for the Cologne Haie. In 2006 he took over the coaching job in Hannover and remained there until his retirement in 2010. In 2010 he won the German Championship with the Hannover Scorpions. Hans Zach was the first German Coach to win the Championship title in the DEL.
After four years of retirement Han Zach decided on New Year’s Eve to come out of retirement and accept the challenges offered in Mannheim. He signed a contract until 30 April 2014. Assisting him during this time period will be Markus Berwanger. Markus Berwanger was born in Rosenheim and since the end of his career as a player in 2000 he has worked as a coach. He has worked previously with Hans Zach during his time in Cologne. His contract also goes until 30 April 2014.
Adler Fire Harold Kreis
Following the last two disappointing home game losses, 28.12 against the Iserlohn Roosters and 30.12 against the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg and after a constructive conversation on Tuesday morning he Adler Mannheim and Head Coach Harold Kreis have decided to part ways. The Adler and both Harold Kreis and Mike Schmidt (who is also leaving immediately) had previously agreed to part ways at the end of the current season but the early release of the coaching pair will allow them to explore new challenges.
Who will follow Harold Kreis as Trainer the Adler Mannheim is not yet clear but the Adler are involved in intensive discussions with potential candidates. As soon as a contract is signed the new Head Coach will be presented to the public.
Harold Kreis took over the Head Coach position with the Alder on 1 July 2010. He was Head Coach for 215 DEL games with 123 wins and 92 losses, a win percentage of only 57.2 percent. After finishing in Seventh Place in 2010/11 and defeating Nürnberg in the pre-playoffs the Adler lost in the quarter finals to Düsseldorf. In 2011/12 the Adler finished in fourth place and ended up in the finals against Berlin where, with the championship within grasp, they had a heart breaking loss against the Ice Bear. In season 2012/13 the Adler finished the regular season in first place but were knocked out of the playoffs in the quarter finals by Wolfsburg. In the current season the Adler have played 33 games and are in sixth place with 57 points.
The Adler Thank Harold Kreis and Mike Schmidt for the last three and half years and wish them all the best in both their private and professional lives.
Adler Mannheim vs. Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 0:5 (0:3, 0:1, 0:1)
Adler Lose 0:5 Against Wolfsburg
The Adler lost the last home game of 2013 to the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg by a score of 0:5. After only one minute of play the Adler were already down by two goals. Mannheim was unable to find a way through the Wolfsburg defense while Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim saved the Adler from a higher loss.
Gerrit Fauser put Wolfsburg in the lead at the 52 second mark, 0:1, (1 minute) and only eight seconds later Patrick Pohl increased the lead, 0:2 (1 minute). Following a Mannheim timeout the team appeared to be more energized and Adler Captain Marcus Kink was involved in a fight with Wolfsburg’s Brett Palin, both players ended up with double minors plus 10 minutes (2+2+10). Mannheim was able to create a few scoring opportunities but were stopped by the Grizzly Adams Keeper, Sebastian Vogl. Late in the period Sebastian Furchner added to the Wolfsburg lead, 0:3 (16 minute).
The Adler had lost their self confidence going into the Second but continued to try and make things happen in the Wolfsburg defensive zone. Unfortunately for Mannheim, Marco Rosa scored for the Grizzly Adams on a quick counter, 0:4 (28 minute). Dennis Endras saved the Adler from any further damage in the period with multiple good saves.
Things remained more or less the same in the Third Period. The Adler created a few chances on goal but it was Wolfsburg that did the goal scoring. Marco Rosa scored his second of the evening bringing the final score to 0:5 (48 minute).
Mannheim will be on the road on Friday, 3 January in Krefeld to face the Pinguine. The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 5 January to host the EHC Red Bull Munich. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.