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Condors coach Troy Mann gives commands to his players while practicing at the Bakersfield Ice Center on the first day of training in this October 2013 photo.

Bakersfield Condors coach Troy Mann is leaving the team to become the head coach of the Hershey, Penn. Bears of the American Hockey League.

Hershey is the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals.

Mann, 44, earned the promotion after a memorable lone season at the helm of the Condors, posting a 36-30-0-6 record and taking the team into the conference finals for the first time in team history. The Condors went 35-20-0-5 after Thanksgiving to overcome a poor start and post one of the best records in the league for the rest of the season.

“Thank you to Jonathon Fleisig, the Edmonton Oilers, Matt Riley, John Olver and the entire Condors staff for providing me with the opportunity to work in Condorstown,” Mann said in a release from the Condors. “It has been a pleasure to be a part of one of the premier organizations in the ECHL. It is bittersweet to depart, but this is an opportunity that I have been working towards my entire coaching career. I wish the organization nothing but the best moving forward.”

Mann was an assistant coach with Hershey for four seasons before taking the head coaching position in Bakersfield.

The 2013-14 Condors season was the first as a head coach for Mann since 2007-08, when he coached the Columbia Inferno. In each of his last two seasons as a head coach, he has guided his ECHL clubs into the third round of the playoffs. He was the first Condors head coach to have played for the team, having spent part of the 2000-01 season with the team.