BREAKING NEWS: DANTON COLE TO BE NAMED MICHIGAN STATE HOCKEY COACH!
According to two sources (one within the Michigan State administration & one from athletics) Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis will name Spartan alumni Danton Cole the next head coach of Spartan hockey!
Neither source had terms of the contract, but they did confirm that it was agreed upon this morning. They told Spartan Nation that we could expect a press conference, “Probably on Tuesday, but perhaps on Wednesday.”
Cole’s resume as both a Spartan and in the world of hockey speaks for itself.
Cole was a four year star when he wore the green and white. He lettered while playing for Ron Mason 86-87-88-89! He was a key player on the Spartans 1986 National Title winning team.
Off the ice Cole’s character shined while winning the 1989 Big Ten Medal of Honor. He was also a standout in the classroom as three times he claimed CCHA All-Academic Team. Honoring him as a man and player Cole took home the prestigious 2012-13 Distinguished Spartan Award.
Per USA Hockey: Cole was a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team three times (1990, 1991, 1994) and earned outstanding player of the 1991 IIHF Men’s World Championship. A seven-year NHL veteran who skated with five teams (Winnipeg, New Jersey, Tampa Bay, New York Islanders, Chicago) over his career, the forward earned a Stanley Cup with the Devils in 1995.
Cole has been the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins (IHL) and the Muskegon Fury (UHL) as well as the head man in college for the University of Alabama in Huntsville and an assistant at Bowling Green. Cole was the leading candidate for the Spartan job when Tom Anastos was hired six years ago prior to being passed over by Hollis. In fact there were erroneous reports (not by Spartan Nation) that he had been hired.
Cole is a no nonsense coach that brings a very direct leadership style. To Cole’s credit he was a true Spartan when passed over by Hollis for Anastos and won a lot of respect for his continued support of his beloved Spartans.
Cole has a broad view of up and coming young players and is nationally known as he comes to East Lansing having been the Head Coach at the USA Hockey Under 18 Developmental National Program. With a lengthy NHL career that includes his name etched on a Stanley Cup, that brings instant credibility to recruits.
Cole will become just the seventh coach in Spartan hockey history. None of the prior assistant coaches are expected to make the transition to the staff of Cole. Calls/Texts to Cole and Hollis were not returned seeking comment for this story.