Despite four straight losing seasons at the helm of the Lake Superior State Lakers, head coach Damon Whitten has been rewarded by the school with a four-year contract extension.
Under Whitten, the Lakers have posted successive seasonal records of 8-28-2, 14-22-5, 11-18-7 and 10-22-4. The Lakers missed the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in 2017-2018 and their victory total regressed for the second straight season.
But regardless of his head coach’s four-season record of 43-90-18, Lake Superior State president Peter Mitchell said he trusts and believes in Whitten.
“Winning traditions in collegiate and professional sports have one thing in common, they trust and support a coach of integrity and they eventually become winners,” Mitchell began. “I trust Damon and his assistant coaches, I believe in them and in the players.
“With this new contract, I look forward to Coach Whitten building a hockey program at Lake State known for integrity, grit, and class, on and off the ice,” Mitchell added.