Morning State News Briefs: New Admirals' head coach looking forward to new postThe new coach of the Milwaukee Admirals says he looks forward to running his own hockey team. Kirk Muller spent the last five years in the NHL as an assistant with Montreal. Yesterday, he was named as the replacement for Admirals’ coach Lane Lambert, who was recently named an assistant for Milwaukee’s NHL parent club in Nashville.
MILWAUKEE - The new coach of the Milwaukee Admirals says he looks forward to running his own hockey team. Kirk Muller spent the last five years in the NHL as an assistant with Montreal. Yesterday, he was named as the replacement for Admirals’ coach Lane Lambert, who was recently named an assistant for Milwaukee’s NHL parent club in Nashville.
Muller was recently passed up for NHL head coaching jobs in Dallas and New Jersey. But he admits he needs to earn his stripes first, and he hopes to accomplish that in Milwaukee. The 45-year-old Muller played 19 years in the NHL. He says he’s fortunate to quote, “leave one real classy place to go to another.”
Milwaukee has made nine straight American Hockey League playoff appearances, and they won the Calder Cup championship in 2004.
Madison golfer Jerry Kelly rose three places to 68th in the PGA’s Fed-Ex Cup season point standings. That’s after he tied for 38th at the Travelers’ Championship in Cromwell Connecticut. Kelly was the only Wisconsin PGA pro to play during the weekend. He remains 146th in the new World Golf Rankings released this morning. Steve Stricker of Madison is still at Number-five in the World Rankings, and he dropped one place to 11th in the Fed-Ex point totals. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is still at Number-three in the Fed-Ex standings with 1,321 points, 115 more than fourth-place Matt Kuchar. Wilson also held steady in the World Rankings at Number-56. Luke Donald is still Number-one on both lists. Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden won the Travelers’ tournament. He jumped 49 places to 61st in the world.
Samantha Schneider of West Allis won the Under-23 category at the USA Cycling Junior National Championships during the weekend in Augusta, Georgia. She also finished 10th in the elite women’s road race. Schneider’s 13-year-old sister Skylar took home gold medals in both the criterium and the road race in her category. Sarah Huang of Kenosha won the criterium in the 15-to-16-year-old age group.
Preliminary games are wrapping up today at the U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships in Appleton and De Pere. Almost 215 teams from 13 states started competing late last week, and the competition reached the halfway point on Saturday. The Under-13 through Under-19 age groups are being represented for both boys-and-girls. Semi-final matches are set for tomorrow, and the regional champs will be crowned on Wednesday. Six teams are defending their crowns from a year ago, but none are from Wisconsin.