SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Gulls announced that former team captain B.J. MacPherson has been hired as assistant coach and that Jamie Black has been promoted to associate coach.
After spending four seasons in the broadcast booth as a color commentator, the 35-year-old MacPherson has been assisting head coach Martin St. Amour and Black during practices and has been helping behind the bench during games since November 12.
MacPherson was the Gulls captain for three seasons and led the team to three Taylor Cup Championships in the West Coast Hockey League before his playing career ended after an injury suffered in Game 4 of the Taylor Cup Finals in May 2001. After suffering a dislocated neck and misaligned vertebrae, MacPherson was thought to never be able to walk again, but has all but made a full recovery.