ANCHORAGE – Assistant hockey coach Regg Simon is leaving the Seawolf staff to assume head coach and general manager duties with the Des Moines Buccaneers, Alaska Anchorage head coach Dave Shyiak announced Wednesday.

Simon, a UAA alum and former team captain, coached the past two seasons for the Seawolves. The Elk River, Minn., native is returning to the United States Hockey League after enjoying highly successful stints as a player and coach for the Bucs.

“This is a great opportunity for me to be a head coach again and take a further step in my career,” said Simon. “I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had here, and I know working with Coach Shyiak and (associate head coach) Campbell Blair has made me a better coach. I am thankful for the support I found here from (athletic director) Dr. (Steve) Cobb and the entire athletic department. I will always bleed Green and Gold.”

“Regg did a great job here for two years,” said Shyiak. “We are thankful for his efforts and understand this was too good of a deal for him to pass up. He is going to a great league and we wish him future success in Des Moines.”

“We will miss Coach Simon, but it is the nature of our business that people often have to move when opportunities become available,” said Dr. Cobb. “The Bucs are fortunate to have landed a very talented hockey coach and an outstanding role model for their players.”