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BY MIKE GRIFFITH, Californian Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Troy Mann, who played seven games for the Condors at the start of the 2000-2001 season, has been hired as the team's head coach.
Mann, 43, had been an assistant coach for the Hersey (Penn.) Bears of the American Hockey League for the past four years and helped guide that team to a Calder Cup championship in 2010. Mike Haviland was named head coach of the Bears on Tuesday. Mann had been a candidate for that job.
He becomes the sixth coach in franchise history, replacing Matt O'Dette, whose contract was not renewed after the Condors missed the playoffs the past two seasons.
Mann brings an extensive career in minor hockey to the Condors, both as a player and coach.
He was the head coach of the Columbia Inferno (ECHL) for two seasons from 2006-08, leading the Inferno to the third round of the 2008 ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs.
He was associate head coach of the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL) in 2008-09, before joining the Bears and started his coaching career
As player, Mann, a center, scored 396 points over 530 games spanning 10 years in five different leagues. He won an ECHL Kelly Cup while playing for the Mississippi Sea Wolves in 1998-99.