Warriors hockey has new coach, looking for return to State, Nationals

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The Waterloo Warriors came up short last season, placing sixth in both the regular season and state, but this year with a new coach and tons of talent, there is a great shot at winning State.

Doug Dietz is the new coach of the Waterloo Warriors as of this year, and he has been involved with hockey his entire life. He played college hockey as well as playing hockey in Europe.

He’s coaching the team in hopes to teach the team poise with the puck from his high level of hockey experience.

Senior Marshall Cook has been involved with the Warrior varsity hockey team for four years now. Marshall has the will to win and can give the spark a team needs to win games, whether it’s putting the puck in the back of the net or being a team leader.

Sophomore Jon Skarlis is in his second year of playing for the Warriors and has a passion for hockey. He’s always trying to improve his game and doesn’t mind getting his nose dirty for some goals. He’s going to be one of the key contributors to the team’s offense this year.

With Cook and Skarlis out there, they’ll really pack a punch on the scoreboard. “I think Dietz is going to get us heading in the right direction and wants to win it all just like us (the team),” Cook said.

“I feel good about having a new coach. I’ve known him for a long time. I think he’ll do a great job,” Skarlis said.

Skarlis lays good odds on the chance at winning State this year.

He said, “Yes, we have talent and the will to work hard.”

Dietz is excited about coaching the team this year. He said, “The quality of the kids that are here brings some excitement to coaching this team, and I know the potential of the kids here.”

Skarlis is going to strive to be one of the top five scorers in the league this year and Marshall plans to win State and go to Nationals.

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