JOHN HYNES - Head Coach
John Hynes is in his fifth season as head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
Hynes continues to build on an impressive resume that has seen him lead WBS to an 186-102-7-13 overall record, four Calder Cup playoff berths and the 2011 AHL regular-season championship, while also being named the 2011 AHL coach of the year. In his four years as head coach of the Penguins, Hynes has totaled the most wins in the AHL; most road wins and three times led the league in defense (2010-11, 2012-13 & 2013-14).
Last season saw Hynes reach the postseason for the fourth straight year and the Eastern Conference Final for the second time in three seasons. Under Hynes, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has been the only team in the AHL to make it past the first round in each of the last four playoffs.
Hynes, 39, became the Penguins’ all-time wins leader, earning his 116th victory on Dec. 22, 2012 versus the Syracuse Crunch and surpassing former record holder Glenn Patrick in only 181 games. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton set several franchise records as part of a 2012-13 campaign during which the Penguins ranked first in the AHL in goals against average and penalty kill. The Penguins’ penalty kill success rate was the best in the team history and their 178 goals allowed tied the franchise mark for the fewest in a season (2005-06).
During the postseason, Hynes made history when Wilkes-Barre/Scranton became the first team in the AHL to come back from an 0-3 deficit in a best-of-seven series by winning Games 6 and 7 and on the road. Hynes further etched his name in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s record books, setting the team mark for playoff wins (20) when the Penguins took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Crunch on May 25, 2013.
Hynes enjoyed a remarkable record-setting first season as head coach in 2010-11. Despite playing with a depleted lineup due to call-ups to Pittsburgh, which suffered 350 man-games lost, Hynes coached WBS to an impressive 58-21-0-1 record, leading the franchise to its first-ever Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular-season champions and also claiming the Frank Mathers Trophy as East Division regular-season champions. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 58 wins are the second most in AHL history and its 28 victories on the road matched the AHL record. For his efforts, Hynes was named as a co-coach for the Western Conference All-Star Squad at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, PA and won the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as the AHL’s Outstanding Coach.
Hynes recorded his 100th win on Apr. 6 versus Hershey, doing so in just 152 games, becoming the fastest in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history to accomplish this feat and second-fastest ever in the AHL.
Hynes served as an assistant coach in WBS in 2009-10, his first year within the Penguins organization, working under former Pittsburgh assistant coach Todd Reirden and helping the team to the postseason.
Prior to joining WBS, Hynes spent six seasons as a head coach with USA Hockey’s National Development Team Program, posting an overall record of 216-113-19-9. In 2007, he was a finalist for the U.S. Olympic Committee Development Coach of the Year.
Hynes has enjoyed great success on the international stage, leading the U.S. Under-18 National Team to three medals at the IIHF World Under-18 Championships - gold in 2006, silver in 2004 and bronze in 2008.
The native of Warwick, RI was head coach of the U.S. National Team at the 2008 World Junior Championships, and was an assistant coach on the 2004 U.S. team that won a gold medal at the World Junior event.
Hynes began his coaching career as a graduate assistant to legendary Jack Parker at his alma mater, Boston University. He was also an assistant at UMass-Lowell and the University of Wisconsin before joining USA Hockey’s development program.
John played four seasons at Boston University, helped the Terriers win the 1995 national championship and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education. John and his wife, Sarah, have three daughters.
ALAIN NASREDDINE - Assistant Coach
Alain Nasreddine is in his fifth season as assistant coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Nasreddine, who played 15 years of professional hockey as a defenseman, which includes five seasons with the Penguins organization, helped lead the team to a 58-21-0-1 record and the franchise’s first-ever Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular-season champions in 2010-11.
Nasreddine coached defensive groups that allowed the fewest goals in the AHL during the 2010-11 (183), 2012-13 (178) and 2013-14 (185) seasons.
Nasreddine, 38, played for the Penguins organization from 2003-04 through the 2007-08 season. During that time he suited up in 56 games for Pittsburgh, notching five points (1G-4A).
Nasreddine played in 249 contests for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, totaling 55 points on 13 goals and 42 assists. He added seven points (3G-4A) in 57 postseason games, and helped the team earn two berths in the Calder Cup Final in 2003 and 2007.
Nasreddine, who was originally drafted by Florida in the sixth round (135th overall) of the 1993 NHL Draft, played for four NHL teams in his career — Chicago, Montreal, NY Islanders and Pittsburgh — and posted five points (1G-4A) and 84 penalty minutes in 74 games.
The Montreal, Quebec native also saw action in 850 combined games with Carolina, Portland, Fredericton, Quebec, Hamilton and Bridgeport of the AHL and Indianapolis of the International Hockey League. He played his last two seasons with Nuremberg of the German Elite League.
Alain and his wife, Josiane, have three children.
Athletic Trainer – Kyle Moore
Equipment Manager – Paul DeFazio
Assistant Equipment Manager – Jared Mycyk
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Joe Lorincz
Video Coach – Samson Lee