Ferris State hockey coach Bob Daniels reaches milestone
Only two other coaches in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey history have done what Ferris State University’s Bob Daniels recently accomplished.
Daniels, who is in his 29th season coaching the Bulldogs, became the third coach in over 1,100 games at the same school. Daniels coached his 1,100th game on Feb. 13 at Michigan Tech and has now coached 1,102 games after last weekend’s home series against the State of Minnesota.
Boston University head coach Jack Parker and former Michigan head coach Red Berenson have also coached more than 1,100 games on the bench at a single institution. Daniels’ 29 seasons to date as a head coach are the third of all active NCAA Division I head coaches in the country.
The most successful coach in Bulldogs history and two-time National Coach of the Year, Daniels led the FSU to four conference titles as well as four NCAA tournament appearances during his tenure, in addition to the 2012 National Championship game. He also serves on the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee with a four-year term representing the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Ferris also has one of the most experienced coaches in the country, as associate head coach Drew Famulak has been by his side on the Bulldogs bench for 28 years and assistant coach Mark Kaufman has been on the program for 17 seasons at the during two different periods dating back to Daniels. First staff member in 1992. In addition, Dave Cencer, who serves as Athletic Performance Coordinator, is in his 15th season on the Bulldog hockey staff.
Daniels, originally from Livonia, graduated from Michigan State in 1982. He began his coaching career as the head coach of the Hennessey Engineers of the North American Hockey League. He began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant in Miami, Ohio before moving to an assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago and then at Ferris State. He became head coach of the Bulldogs in 1992.
Ferris, 1-19-1 overall, will return to the ice on Friday when the Bulldogs host Lake Superior State at 7 p.m.