David Matsos is headed home to continue his Ontario Hockey League coaching career as the Hamilton Bulldogs have hired the Burlington native as associate coach.
The 43-year old Matsos recently parted ways with the Sudbury Wolves after four years — including the past two-and-a-half seasons as head coach.
Matsos also has three years of OHL coaching experience as an assistant with the Windsor Spitfires.
As a player, Matsos was a serviceable right winger with the Soo Greyhounds for four seasons and was a member of their 1993 Memorial Cup championship team.
In going to Hamilton, third-year Bulldogs president and general manager Steve Staois said Matsos will be the right-hand man to second-year head coach John Gruden.
“David is a great communicator and will help our players and team as a whole, take another step forward,” Staois said of Matsos. “His approach to the game will fit perfectly with what we’re trying to accomplish here in Hamilton and his attention to detail is second to none.”
Matsos told Postmedia that he is excited to be joining the Bulldogs.
“Steve’s just getting his fingerprints put on this right now and from the outside looking into it, has done a tremendous job,” Matsos said of Staois.
“I’m really looking forward to this chapter,” Matsos added. “It’s the industry and I know the industry.”
PHOTO: Left to right, David Matsos and Steve Staois of the Hamilton Bulldogs.