The first significant move I made was to trade Marvin Phillips to the Erie Bayhawks for a draft pick. This was not an easy decision on any level, but I felt it was necessary for our team to shake some things up at the time. Making this move might make Marv look like a scapegoat for our team's early season struggles, but that is not the case. He is a player who had value, and that is why I decided to make that move. Frankly, when making a move to shake things up, it does not help to make moves on the edges. You have to get to the core, and that is why Marv was the one who was ultimately moved. Undoubtedly, I wish Marv all the best. He is a great person, such a joy to have around the office, and I will miss not having his family in Fort Wayne.
The next move I made was to waive Corey Allmond. We were adding Gilbert Brown, and Corey was going to move further down the depth chart. Rather than see him on the end of the bench not playing much, I decided to let him go. Corey had some good moments for us, but this is a bottom line business, and his shooting was not where it needed to be for a player considered to be a shooter in our league. I enjoyed having Corey with our franchise, and I wish him the best with his career.
Finally, last Thursday night, I made the very difficult decision to make a change with our head coach. Joey Meyer has been a wonderful person to work with and have in our organization, but we were just not having the success we hoped to have, and I thought the best way to turn things around was to bring in a new voice. You never know why things do not click, but after watching a stretch where we won one game in our last seven I decided to make the change. As I said, Joey is a very good coach and an even better person, and I am sorry that things did not work out. I know that he will coach again, and I am sure he will have great success doing it. The entire Mad Ants organization thanks him for his efforts here and wish him the very best in the future.
So now begins the Steve Gansey era. I have elevated him to interim head coach, and he has brought some things that I thought he would -- energy, enthusiasm, and a belief that this team is good enough to turn things around. It is a very small sample size, but I like how he has coached, how he has prepared, and how he has handled himself. He is certainly a work in progress, but he has certainly shown to me that he is ready for this moment.