Waterloo Black Hawks Assistant Coach Bryce Anderson will transition out of his role with the organization before the beginning of the 2019/20 season, the Black Hawks announced Thursday.
Originally from the Cedar Valley, Anderson played youth hockey with the Waterloo Junior Hawks and, later, the Waterloo Warriors high school team before pursuing the sport at the junior, college, and professional levels. He joined the Black Hawks coaching staff in 2015, helping the team reach the Clark Cup Playoffs four times and earn the Anderson Cup in 2017/18. Anderson’s departure comes as his growing household requires additional attention and as the time commitment to his family farming operation has increased.
“I want to thank the entire Black Hawks organization and Coach P.K. O’Handley for giving me this opportunity to live a lifelong dream of being a Black Hawk,” Anderson said. “It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve as an assistant coach within this organization and alongside the staff.”
“The memories I have made in the last four years are the realization of the dreams I had watching from the stands as a kid. I look forward now to being back in the stands watching as many games as I can with my daughters and being there for all of the other important, once-in-a-lifetime moments as they grow up.”
O’Handley reflected on Anderson’s time with the organization.
“Bryce’s background as a player who grew up in Waterloo, before going on to find his way in the game, gave him a perspective which we will not find in another coach,” O’Handley noted. “We appreciate his willingness to stay on in the short term; the Black Hawks have already begun a wide search for a new assistant, and we expect to have the right person in place in plenty of time before the new season begins.”
After being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2000 Midwest High School Hockey League Tournament as a member of the Warriors, Anderson spent the next three years playing junior hockey, including one season apiece with the USHL’s Rochester Mustangs and Des Moines Buccaneers. In the fall of 2003, Anderson enrolled at Ohio State University and helped the Buckeyes to that season’s CCHA Championship. After graduating in 2007, he appeared with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL.
Anderson’s primary responsibilities with the Black Hawks included managing Waterloo’s defensemen. Off the ice, he contributed to the team’s video breakdown efforts, coordinated various logistical tasks, and played a substantial role organizing summer hockey camps.