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From Wolves to dogs: Hamilton taps Matsos as associate coach

Sudbury’s former head coach hired as Bulldogs’ associate
Dave Matsos has been hired by the Hamilton Bulldogs as an associate coach. (Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Less than a month after parting ways with the Sudbury Wolves, former head coach Dave Matsos has landed a new gig.

The Hamilton Bulldogs have announced he is joining the organization as an associate coach.

Matsos spent the last four years with the Pack, spending more than half his team here as the team’s head coach. Prior to that, the 43-year old was an assistant coach with the Windsor Spitfires for three seasons. 

But the Burlington native’s coaching career goes back to 2006. Starting that year, he spent three seasons with the Sheffield Steelers, guiding them to three straight championships.

Prior to that, Matsos played four seasons in the OHL, winning a Memorial Cup with the Soo Greyhounds. As a pro, he played one season (1998-99) with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL.

“Dave will be a great compliment and support to Head Coach John Gruden,” said Steve Staios, the president and GM of the Bulldogs. “He is a great communicator and will help our players and team as a whole, take another step forward. 

“Dave’s approach to the game will fit perfectly with what we’re trying to accomplish here in Hamilton and his attention to detail is second to none.”