As rumored, Mark French gets the nod.
Mark French, assistant coach during the Hershey Bears' Calder Cup run during 2008-09, was promoted to head coach to succeed Bob Woods Monday.
Troy Mann, who played for Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau with Mississippi of the ECHL, has been named Hershey's assistant coach. Mann served as associate coach of the ECHL's Charlotte Checkers last season, and he was head coach of the ECHL's Columbia Inferno from 2006-08.
French, 38, has served as Hershey's assistant coach since January of 2008. He previously was head coach of the CHL's Wichita Thunder (2005-07).
French becomes the 23rd head coach in Hershey history.
Mann also was a teammate of Woods in Mississippi.