As first reported by HockeyNewsNorth.com, Damon Whitten has been named the tenth head coach in the 48-year hockey history of Lake Superior State University.
Whitten, the former Michigan State and Michigan Tech assistant, was introduced at a Saturday press conference on the LSSU campus.
The 37-year old Whitten replaces Jim Roque, who was fired on March 11 after nine seasons at the helm of the Lakers.
Following is some of what LSSU athletic director Kristin Dunbar had to say about Whitten — and what Whitten had to say about taking the Laker job.
DUNBAR: “Damon brings a strong work ethic and positive energy to the Laker hockey program. We had a lot of very-qualified candidates apply for the position but in the end we felt that Coach Whitten was the one to move the program forward.”
WHITTEN: “It’s a great honour to be named head coach of LSSU hockey. Laker hockey has a rich and storied tradition. It will be our responsibility to rebuild this tradition in the manner that coaching greats such as Rick Comley, Ron Mason and Jeff Jackson once did. Our job will begin immediately to reach out to alumni, fans, recruits and the community during our quest to restore Laker hockey.”
PHOTO: LSSU athletic director Kristin Dunbar and new Laker coach Damon Whitten. (Photo by John Shibley)