A New Glasgow native has been selected to lead the UW-Stout hockey program into a new era.
Mike MacDonald, an assistant hockey coach at Curry College in Milton, Mass., for the last four years, will take over the Blue Devil program with the 2020-21 season.
According to University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils website, MacDonald said he wants to bring hockey back to the level it was under Terry Watkins.
“The last couple of years that I was playing (at SUNY-Geneseo), the hockey team under Terry Watkns was a powerhouse. My goal is to bring the program back to that level.”
During his time at Curry College the team has steadily improved each season. MacDonald has coached 11 All-Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) selections and in the 2018-19 season his power play was ranked third in the nation. MacDonald was responsible for recruiting, strength and conditioning, power play, video analysis, analytics, and coaching defence while at Curry.
MacDonald has five total years of NCAA Division III coaching experience, spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Curry College men’s hockey team. Prior to joining Curry, MacDonald spent a year as an assistant coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, where he helped guide a team to the ECAC Northeast semifinals.
The website says MacDonald graduated from SUNY-Geneseo with a degree in Business Administration in 2007. During his time at Geneseo, the team posted a record of 67-33-11, winning the SUNYAC Championship in 2005 and 2006. Over his collegiate career, MacDonald appeared in 109 games and is among the school’s all-time leaders in goals (61) and points (120).
After graduation, MacDonald played six seasons professionally. He began his professional career in the Central Hockey League, spending one season each with the Odessa Jackalopes and New Mexico Scorpions. The following four seasons he played primarily for the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Huntsville Havoc where he served as the team’s captain for three seasons. In 2010 he scored the game-winning goal to give Huntsville its first ever SPHL Championship. Over his career, MacDonald appeared in 338 professional games with 213 points on 84 goals and 129 assists.