David Carle of Anchorage is headed back to where his coaching career began.
Carle, 24, will join the staff at the University of Denver on Jan. 1, according to a USHL press release, moving from his current position as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL.
Carle was a highly regarded defenseman with a scholarship to Denver when a heart condition forced him to retire before he began his college career. Denver honored his scholarship and he was a student-assistant coach with the Pioneers from 2008-2012, and he also earned a degree in finance.
He's in his second season with the Gamblers. The Denver position came open when long-time assistant coach Steve Miller took the job as coach and GM of the expansion Madison Capitols, who begin USHL play next season.
The Carle family has Denver and USHL roots. David's older brother, Matt, played at Denver and won two national championships and the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey's best player. Matt played for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL, and is currently a defenseman with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.
David's younger brother, Alex, is a defenseman for the USHL's Youngstown Phantoms. He's committed to Merrimack College.