South Carolina Stingrays assistant coach Bittner takes job in U.S. Hockey League

South Carolina Stingrays assistant coach J.B. Bittner has accepted a similar position with the Tri-City Storm of the U.S. Hockey League (USHL).

Behind the bench for the last two seasons with the Stingrays, Bittner helped head coach Spencer Carbery guide the team to a 75-54-9-6 record and berths in the 2012 and 2013 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Before moving to South Carolina, Bittner spent three seasons as an assistant coach and video coordinator with Ohio State University.

“It was a pleasure working alongside J.B. over the past two seasons,” said Carbery. “He has been an incredible asset to our organization and to me personally. His work ethic and unwavering commitment to making our team better every day was a testament to his coaching abilities and potential. Although we are sad to see him go, we wish him the best of luck in his professional career.”

As a player, Bittner saw ECHL action with the Dayton Bombers, Johnstown Chiefs, Augusta Lynx, Idaho Steelheads and Florida Everblades. He also played in the American Hockey League with the Syracuse Crunch, Portland Pirates and Iowa Stars.

Prior to turning pro, the 5-11, 180-pound forward skated for four seasons at Ohio State.