Troy Smith is stepping down as Associate Coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs, while remaining with the club as Assistant General Manager until Nov 15.
Hamilton Bulldogs President and General Manager Steve Staios announced that Smith will be pursuing an opportunity outside of hockey.
“Troy played an integral part in building this OHL team and has been a great support to me and for our coaches during his tenure with the organization,” said team President and General Manager Steve Staios via media release. “Troy brought dedication and passion to his role and we wish him well as he begins a new chapter in his career.”
Smith joined the Bulldogs in the spring of 2015 as Associate Coach before assuming the responsibilities of Assistant General Manager in the summer of 2015. He has held both roles for the ‘Dogs during their inaugural season in the OHL in 2015-2016.
“I’d like to thank team owner Michael Andlauer and Steve Staios for the opportunity to coach in my hometown,” said Smith via media release. “I did not make this decision lightly, especially with the growth and future success of the team which only made the choice more difficult. With the leadership of Michael, Steve and John Gruden, I am confident they will bring a championship to Hamilton.”
Before joining Hamilton, Smith spent the previous nine years with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers as both an Assistant Coach and Head Coach.