Stingrays name Bittner as assistant coach
North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays and Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Spencer Carbery announced today that J.B. Bittner has been named the team’s assistant coach.
The Stingrays are the ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
Bittner, 29, spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach and video coordinator with Ohio State University after completing a three-year professional career. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native saw ECHL action with the Dayton Bombers, Johnstown Chiefs, Augusta Lynx, Idaho Steelheads and Florida Everblades registering 106 points (38g-68a) in 161 games. Bittner also saw time in the American Hockey League with the Syracuse Crunch, Portland Pirates and Iowa Stars grabbing six goals and three assists for nine points in 30 games.
Prior to turning pro, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound forward spent four seasons at Ohio State where he posted 76 points (37g-39a) in 160 games, captained the 2004 CCHA Super Six Championship team, played on three NCAA tournament teams, received the team’s Joseph W. Smith Best Defensive Player award in 2005 and won the Scarlet and Grey award in 2003 and 2005.