Yeah, good decision. Also, nice to see Willie doesn't see this as a reduction to a lower rank. He gets more experience (in leading the coaching there) and gets to know our prospects better. I bet there'll still be a close connection between Willie and Gully in form of continuous prospect reports etc.
Great move by the Stars I think. Willie has to put in 2 or 3 years of good work at the AHL level and I think he'll be offered a head coaching job with some other organization pretty quick if things go well.
So if I remember correctly his WHL Medicine Hat Tigers teams were known for their defensive structure and work ethic, I think we can all agree that the Texas Stars need to get back to that style of play so this should be a good fit.
I approve of this. They need structure and guidance down there with all the new kids. Willie's background as a Juniors' coach can only help communication as players learn what to expect. I also think this makes way for Willie to be the next Dallas Stars head coach when Gultzan fails. (I think that's likely if the roster doesn't have significant turnover, moreso than demonizing his coaching ability.)