By Dan Sernoffsky
Lebanon Daily News
HERSHEY, Pa. – He “officially” became head coach of the Hershey Bears the day after Christmas, 13 games after assuming the head coaching duties when Bruce Boudreau was promoted to head coach of the Washington Capitals on Thanksgiving Day. Last week, former Mississippi Sea Wolves player and coach Bob Woods “officially” became head coach of the Bears for the 2008-09 season.
It really wasn’t unexpected. In 65 games behind the bench after taking over as head coach, Woods guided the Bears to a 34-23-2-6 record and a berth in the AHL playoffs. That alone unquestionably earned him the opportunity to remain in charge.
“He did a very, very adequate job in a difficult situation with Bruce being promoted and Woody not having any idea,” said Hershey president and general manager Doug Yingst in announcing that Woods would be returning. “I think he stepped up to the plate with very big shoes to fill. It’s the right thing to do, it’s the fair thing to do.”