Stingrays assistant Bittner accepts position with Tri-City of USHL

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (ECHL) - The South Carolina Stingrays announced Wednesday that Assistant Coach J.B. Bittner has accepted the assistant coaching position with the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League.

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, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native spent three seasons as an assistant coach and video coordinator with Ohio State University leading the Buckeyes to a 53-51-14 mark.

As a player, Bittner saw ECHL action with the Dayton Bombers, Johnstown Chiefs, Augusta Lynx, Idaho Steelheads and Florida Everblades registering 106 points (38g, 68a) in 161 games over three seasons. He also earned time in the American Hockey League with the Syracuse Crunch, Portland Pirates and Iowa Stars grabbing six goals and three assists for nine points in 30 contests.

Prior to turning pro, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound forward skated for four seasons at Ohio State where he posted 76 points (37g, 39a) in 160 games, captained the 2004 CCHA Super Six championship team, played on three NCAA tournament teams, received the team's Joseph W. Smith Best Defensive Player award in 2005 and won the Scarlet and Grey award in 2003 and 2005.