Friday, June 01, 2007

New Coach in at Alabama-Huntsville.

Slightly old news here (April 30th), but newsworthy nonetheless. (Thought it would be a good idea to add more to the coaching changes label, as we will probably have a new coaching announcement within the next few weeks. Just a run you up to speed post.)

The Alabama-Huntsville athletic department has announced their new head hockey coach in Danton Cole (pictured to the left shaking hands with UAH AD Jim Harris) who was a one-year assistant at Bowling Green State, the College Hockey News reports.

Cole is replacing Doug Ross, who is retiring after a 25-year coaching career. Ross, who announced his retirement mid-season, lead the Chargers to the CHA tournament championship (despite a 10-19 season record) and an NCAA Tournament bid. Ross’ Chargers then lost to Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in double overtime.

Bowling Green State finished last in the CCHA last season (12th, 5-22-1, 11pts), but the Falcons did show flashes of brilliance in their last five regular season games, beating Michigan at home and Michigan State in East Lansing. They did, however, go two-and-out in the CCHA playoffs against Nebraska-Omaha, but played two hard-fought games which included an overtime loss.

In addition to Cole’s one year at Bowling Green, Cole was the head coach for the UHL’s Motor City Mechanics and the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Cole, a Pontiac, Michigan native, also played for the 1986 national champion Michigan State Spartans and was a three-time All-CCHA Acedemic Team member. In addition, Cole was a recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor at MSU. After his collegiate career, Cole had an 11-year professional career, which included a Stanley Cup championship with New Jersey in 1995.

(Photo courtesy of: http://bgsufalcons.cstv.com)

2 comments:

THE UNH MEN'S HOCKEY BLOGGER GUY said...

I have him as head coach of the 2002 UHL Champion - Muskegon Fury... no record of him at Motor City.

I dunno?

I do know...

Go 'Cats!

Anthony Allen Pollreisz said...

According to tCHN: "Cole was an assistant at Bowling Green last season. Previously, he was the head coach of the Motor City Mechanics in the UHL, where he coached Ross' son, Jared, a former star at UAH."

Now that you've mentioned it, I think I might have stumbled across an article stating that he did coach for the Muskegon Fury.

I'll have to look further into this...

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