Chris Boulay and Jeff Cox reported Thursday night that Falcons’ head coach Ty Eigner had hired his two new assistant coaches. Curtis Carr, the associate head coach for Merrimack, and Maco Balkovec, the head coach of the Burnaby Winter Club Academy, are reported to be making the move to northwest Ohio.
According to a source, Merrimack assistant coach Curtis Carr is heading to Bowling Green to be an assistant on Ty Eigner's staff.
This should be announced by the Falcons' athletic department within the next few days.
— Chris Boulay (@chrismboulay) May 30, 2019
Merrimack associate head coach Curtis Carr has been hired by new Bowling Green head coach Ty Eigner to join his staff. Terrific addition to the BG staff.
— Jeff Cox (@JeffCoxSports) May 30, 2019
According to multiple sources, the other new assistant (in addition to Curtis Carr) on the BG staff is Wisconsin alum Maco Balkovec, the head coach of Burnaby Winter Club.
— Jeff Cox (@JeffCoxSports) May 31, 2019
Carr, 41, comes to Bowling Green after spending the previous eight seasons at Merrimack of Hockey East. He’s spent the past five of those seasons as the Warriors’ associate head coach. Carr’s focus for the Warriors has been the penalty kill, forwards, and recruiting. That recruiting focus has produced two NHL draft picks and a third free agent signing.
Before Merrimack, Carr made stops in Youngstown (USHL), Mahoning Valley (NAHL), and Kent State (ACHA). He’s an alumnus of Kent State with four children (three daughters, one son) with his wife Margaret.
Maco Balkovec comes to Bowling Green after serving as the director of hockey and head coach of the prep program at the Burnaby Winter Club Academy. Before his time in Western Canada he coached various high school programs in Wisconsin, including Coach of the Year honors in 2013.
Balkovec played college hockey at Wisconsin from ’91-’95 (16-64–80) and was a fifth-round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks. He has two children (one son and daughter) with wife Lori.
The search for assistant coaches has been a thorough process for Eigner, as the Falcons’ bench boss said over 80 applicants had applied for the two positions. The third finalist was reported to be an assistant coach at an ECAC program.
The final position to be filled for Eigner’s staff will be a Director of Hockey Operations. The position was vacated after Jimmy Spratt followed Chris Bergeron to Miami.