Interim head coach Kohl Schultz will have some help behind the bench.
Jeff Volkman has been named the Kansas City Mavericks’ new interim assistant coach, the team announced Tuesday.
Volkman, 50, has been the head coach of the University of North Carolina men’s hockey team since the 2014-15 season. He is a native of Oakdale, Minn.
“We’re incredibly excited to have Jeff join our staff on such short notice,” Schultz said in a press release. “He has worked with some very distinguished hockey minds like (Carolina Hurricanes assistant) Jeff Daniels. His knowledge and work ethic will be a welcomed addition to our dressing room.”
The Mavericks are 22-27-3-1 (48 points) and trail fourth-place Rapid City by 10 points for the final postseason spot in the ECHL’s Mountain Division. The four top teams in each division advance to postseason play.
Schultz, who took over head coaching duties when John-Scott Dickson was fired on Jan. 30, is confident his team can pick up some road points as the Mavericks play five road games over the next eight days. It all began with the loss in Tulsa Sunday and continues with an 8:05 p.m. game against the Idaho Steelheads in Boise, Idaho, Wednesday.
“We have to treat every game the rest of the (regular) season like it’s a playoff game,” Schultz said. “We need to bring some points home from this road trip.”