Bob Daniels, the head men’s ice hockey coach at Ferris State, has been appointed to the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee, effective immediately. He will have a four-year term representing the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The all-time winningest coach in Bulldog history, Daniels is entering his 29th season at the helm in Big Rapids, Michigan. During his tenure at Ferris State, he has won 461 games, while also capturing four conference titles, making four NCAA tournament appearances and leading the Bulldogs to the 2012 national championship game.
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A 1982 graduate of Michigan State, he began his coaching career as the head coach of the Hennessey Engineers of the North American Hockey League. He started his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Miami (Ohio) before becoming an assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago and then at Ferris State. He became head coach for the Bulldogs in 1992.
“It is an honor to become a member of the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee,” Daniels said. “The sport of hockey has given so much to me that I truly embrace any chance to give back. I look forward to working with the rest of the committee, especially in these times, to make sure we can deliver a great championship experience for our student-athletes, while keeping health and safety as a top priority.”
The Livonia, Michigan, native has served as a coach with various USA Hockey teams, including the United States Junior National Team. In addition, he has served on various committees for the American Hockey Coaches Association, including four years as a member of the Board of Governors.
The other members of the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee are Michael Cross, assistant athletics director, Penn State; Mike Kemp, senior associate athletics director, Omaha; Derek Schooley, head coach, Robert Morris; Jeff Schulman, director of athletics, Vermont; and Mike Schafer, head coach, Cornell.