Michigan State Hockey has found its new associate head coach in Jared DeMichiel, who will leave the University of Massachusetts littered with trophies from his six-year span as an assistant and associate head coach.
DeMichiel adds his name to the revolving door that has been Michigan State Hockey this offseason and marks new head coach and alumnus Adam Nightingale’s first hire. Nightingale was hired at the beginning of May, following the aftermath of a 12-23-1 season for the Spartans, which ended in the firing of longtime head coach Danton Cole.
Under head coach Greg Carvel in Massachusetts, DeMichiel saw a trip to the Frozen Four in 2019, two Hockey East tournament titles in the past two years and the Minutemen’s first National Championship in 2021.
In a press release from Michigan State, Nightingale touted his new coach’s recruiting ability.
DeMichiel, the former Rochester Institute of Technology and professional goaltender, has landed players who have received national awards and gone on to be successful in the NHL.
Nightingale has set the rebuilding expectations for the Spartans to be a title contender and perennial power and believes DeMichiel will be a key ingredient in this process. For DeMichiel, this comes with building a winning culture with and without the puck.
“I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity to work with Adam Nightingale at Michigan State University,” DeMichiel said in a press release. “Adam thoroughly impressed me with our conversations and his vision for the future of Spartan hockey. His passion for MSU runs deep, and I’m honored to join him. There’s a championship history at MSU as well as players moving on to NHL success that I am privileged and enthusiastic to be a part of. We understand it’s a process, but our goals are to add to the history of NCAA success while moving our student-athletes on to the NHL. We will do everything within our power to build a peak performance culture on and off the ice that will be a source of pride for students, staff, administration, and alumni.”
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