SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson and Head Coach Todd McLellan announced today that Matt Shaw will serve as an assistant coach on McLellan’s staff, joining Trent Yawney and Jay Woodcroft.
"Our policy is to talk to several different people throughout a hiring process but I kept coming back to Matt," explained McLellan during a conference call on Friday. "Next year is a big year for all of us as players and as coaches and he and I have worked together in the past so there is a comfort level. He has tremendous character and a strong ability to interact with the players and coaches."
Shaw spent the past two seasons (2007-2009) with the Minnesota Wild on former head coach Jacques Lemaire’s staff. He served as assistant coach for the 2008-09 season after spending the 2007-08 season as the team’s video coach. Shaw’s duties with the Wild included video responsibilities, pre-scouting opposing teams and in-game analysis and adjustments.
"Minnesota was very thoughtful to let me look into this opportunity ," said Shaw. "It quickly became apparently that this was a really good fit."
As the newest member of the Sharks coaching staff, Shaw will undertake all of former assistant coach Todd Richard's responsibilities. He will be in charge of the power play, forwards, matching faceoffs and system adjustments.
Shaw has been behind the bench for more than 1,000 professional and collegiate hockey games in his coaching career and spent seven seasons as an assistant coach for the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL), including 2001-2005 as McLellan’s assistant, prior to joining the Wild. He also served as assistant general manager for Houston and helped lead the Aeros to a record of 273-215-74 (.552), including the 2003 Calder Cup, in his seven years with the organization.
“I’ve seen first-hand of what Matt is capable of doing and we believe he is an up-and-coming coach in this League,” said McLellan. “From our time in Houston, I know that he has a great work ethic and his preparation for the opponent is top-notch.”
Prior to joining Houston, Shaw served as head coach of the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League (UHL) in 1999-2000, leading the team to a 53-16-5 record and a trip to the UHL Finals. He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach in Quad City from 1995-97 and they won the UHL Championship in 1996-97. He was also an assistant coach for the Chicago Wolves of the International Hockey League (IHL) in 1998-99 and served as head coach of the ECHL’s Mobile Mysticks in 1997-98.
“Matt is very determined and has assembled a wealth of experience with a great track record of success,” said Wilson. “We’re confident that he’ll mesh with our staff extremely well.”
The Phoenix, Ariz. native began his coaching career with his alma mater, Colorado College, where he served as an assistant coach for the Tigers from 1989-92. His primary responsibilities were coordinating practices and recruiting. During his tenure, Shaw was the youngest recruiter on the Division I NCAA circuit.
He played 138 collegiate games as a defenseman with U.S. International University (1985-88) and Colorado College (1988-89) and was a tri-captain with the Tigers during his senior season and earned All-WCHA Honorable Mention.