Fitzgerald moves on from Clan
Glasgow Clan has announced that head coach Zack Fitzgerald will not be returning for a second campaign.
The 34-year-old took over from Pete Russell last summer after the Scotsman took up the post at DEL2 EHC Freiburg, Fitzgerald leaving his role as captain to move behind the bench.
But the club chose to look elsewhere for its next coach and declared that the separation of the lanes was done amicably.
Glasgow Clan can confirm that we left the company with hockey director and head coach Zack Fitzgerald, "said a statement on the site.
"Since arriving in 2014, Zack has been a cherished member of the clan, by the club and the purple army.
"The Clan would like to thank Zack for all of his hard work during his time at the club and he is leaving the club in very good conditions.
"With our utmost respect, we thank him for all his hard work and commitment during the three seasons he spent with the club and we wish Zack, his wife Crystal and daughter Finley all the best in their future.
"The club will now focus on the appointment of a new head coach who will allow us to start building a competitive and exciting team for the new season."
Fitzgerald had the best possible start as a coach, tying a club record of eight straight wins, but injuries played a big part in a disappointing season as they ended up in a play-off match with Dundee Stars Manchester Storm and Fife Flyers .
The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent cessation of the season of Elite League meant that the clan was not able to finish its matches and see ; he would have done enough to rise to the top eight.
Possible contenders to replace Fitzgerald could be Doug Christiansen and Paul Thompson, both of whom could be ready to return to the benches of the Elite League .
Christiansen, winner of a championship title with Belfast Giants in 2012 and coached ECHL with Indy Fuel, while Paul Thompson, another former winner of the Elite League currently available after training in Germany with Schwenninger Wild Wings in the DEL last season.