Scott Muscutt has taken over the hockey club for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
Muscutt has 11 years of head coaching experience, all of them with the now defunct Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs of the Central Hockey League. He led his team to the playoffs 10 out of 11 times and has won two championships, his most recent in 2010-11.
The Mudbugs defeated the Colorado Eagles who are now part of the East Coast Hockey League in a seven-game series. He has coached 709 games and his all-time record is 432-213-64.
Former head coach David Lohrei stepped down from his post the previous week with 22 games left in the season after one year as head coach.
"This is good opportunity for me and I am really excited to join the Sundogs." Muscutt said in a team statement. "I didn't think I wanted to get back into hockey or coaching but after speaking with the ownership I felt like this would be a perfect fit for me. The organization seems very sound and they are prepared to move forward. The guys on the team are a great bunch of guys and have come together and are looking to establish good things."
Prior to becoming the Mudbugs head coach, Muscutt spent three seasons playing pro hockey in Bossier-Shreveport, which, at the time, was part of the Western Professional Hockey League, and five years playing at the University of New Brunswick. He tallied 16 goals and 49 assists in 166 pro games with the Mudbugs.
At Lohrei's departure, team captain Jason Morgan took on the role of player/coach in the interim. In three games, Morgan led the Sundogs to a 3-0-0 record, including their first four-game winning streak of the season.
Over the weekend, Muscutt joined the team in South Dakota for two games against the Rapid City Rush.
The Sundogs fell short Friday, 2-1, but gave their new coach his first win at the Arizona helm the following night, 4-1.
"We are really excited for Scott to lead our team the remainder of the season. He is a true winner and we feel very fortunate to have him behind our bench," Sundogs General Manager Chris Presson said in a team statement. "He brings passion and enthusiasm to the rink every day."
The Sundogs (23-21-4) are in 4th place in the 10-team Berry Conference, with two teams tied for 2nd and two for 3rd. They host the Texas Brahmas at 6:05 p.m. today.