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Two Lock Monsters coaches are hired

Thursday, July 16, 1998


LOWELL The coaching staff of the Lowell Lock Monsters grew by two today when the American Hockey League team hired Paul Jerrad and Steve Stirling as assistant coaches for the maiden season of the New York Islanders affiliate.

Jerrad and Stirling are the first people named to head coach Frank Anzalones staff.

The addition of Paul and Steve will strengthen our staff and serve as a tremendous complement to Frank Anzalone. I couldnt be more pleased with the caliber and quality of the staff the Islanders have assembled for us, said Tom Rowe, general manager of the Lock Monsters, which begin play this October in state-of-the-art Tsongas Arena as the 19th team in the AHL.

Both Jerrad and Stirling have playing experience in the AHL and coaching experience in the college hockey ranks.

Jerrad was an assistant coach at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., last winter. He also played defense for the Lakers (1983-87) under Anzalone.

Im leaving Lake State for a great opportunity in the professional ranks, said Jerrad, who served as the Lakers academic coordinator and defensemens coach.

This is a huge move vertically in the profession, he said. I am happy to be reunited with Frank Anzalone, who in my eyes, is a great coach and a man for whom I have a lot of respect.

A ninth-round pick of the New York Rangers in 1983, Jerrad turned pro after graduating from Lake Superior. He played 10 years of pro hockey, concluding with the AHL champion Hershey Bears in 1997. He was a player/assistant coach in 1992 with the Kalamazoo Wings of ECHL.

Stirling was a scout for the Islanders this past year.

Stirling is best known in New England for playing at Boston University and coaching at both Babson and Providence College. He was an All-American captain of the Terriers 1971 NCAA Division 1 championship team.

After pro stints with the AHL Boston Braves and Rochester Americans, Stirling played two years in Vienna, Austria.

Stirling returned to the United States and Greater Boston in 1978 to coach at Babson College, where he was twice the NCAA Coach of the Year (1980, 1982).

Stirling had a two-year run as the head coach at Providence College. With a little help from goalie Chris Terreri, Stirling coached the Friars to victory in the first Hockey East tournament and then into the NCAA Division 1 championship game.

He returned to Babson in 1985 as both the hockey coach and the athletic director.