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Laker Hockey Coaches
- Damon Whitten 2014-Present
- Coach Damon Whitten came to Lake State in 2014 after a stint as assistant coach at Michigan Technological University. Prior to coaching, Whitten played one season with the Detroit Freeze of the NAHL and one season with St. Michael’s Buzzers of the OPJHL. Whitten then played college hockey for four years at Michigan State University, being named assistant captain during his senior year. Following graduation, Whitten played for the Greenville Grrrowl of the ECHL for the 2001-2002 season, then played one season each for the Arkansas RiverBlades of the ECHL and the Lansing Ice Nuts of the IIHL.
- After retiring from playing in 2004, Whitten held assistant coaching positions at Michigan State University and then Wayne State University for one year each. He then gained an assistant coaching position at University of Alaska-Anchorage for two seasons. Whitten then spent four seasons as assistant coach at Michigan Technological University before accepting a head coaching position at Lake State.
- Jim Roque 2005-2014
- A local of Sault Sainte Marie, Jim Roque’s playing career consisted solely of his four years at Lake State. Immediately after graduating in 1987, Roque accepted an assistant coaching position at Lake State, a position in which he remained until 1991. At this time, Roque accepted a head coaching position for the Minot Americans where he stayed for one season. Roque then accepted another assistant coaching position, this time for Clarkston University which he remained in for six seasons, staying from 1995-2001. In 2001, Roque returned home to the Soo to accept an assistant coaching position at Lake State. This position lasted from 2001-2005 at which time he accepted the head coaching position at his alma mater. Roque was head coach at Lake State from 2005 until 2014.
- Frank Anzalone 1983-1990 and 2001-2005
- Frank Anzalone began his professional playing career in 1970 with the Brooklyn Stars of the NYMetJHL. Following one season, he left to join the Welland Sabres of the SOJHL where he also remained for one season. Anzalone then played for two seasons from 1973-1975 for the University of New Hampshire of the ECAC after which he played two seasons for SUNY-Buffalo of the ECAC-2 for two seasons. He finished his playing career with the Erie Blades of the NEHL, retiring in 1979.
- Anzalone began his head coaching career with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL in 1980. He remained there for one season before accepting another head coaching position with the Austin Mavericks of the USHL. Anzalone then began his first stint at Lake Superior State University, serving for assistant coach for one year during the 1982-1983 season before accepting the role as head coach where he remained for eight seasons from 1982 until 1990. After leaving LSSU, Anzalone accepted a head coaching position for the Newmarket Saints of the AHL where he remained for one year prior to accepting a head coaching position for the Nashville Knights of the ECHL. He remained in this position for one year, leaving to accept a head coaching position for the Roanoke Express of the ECHL where he coached for five seasons. Anzalone then accepted a head coaching position for the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL for one season, followed by a head coaching position for the Pee Dee Pride of the ECHL for two seasons. In 2001, Anzalone returned to LSSU to serve his second stint as head coach. He remained in this position for four seasons, before leaving to perform head coaching duties for the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL for the following two seasons. Anzalone wrapped up his coaching career as head coach of the Quad City Mallards, part of the IHL and then CHL, retiring in 2011.
- Scott Borek 1996-2001
- Scott Borek’s professional hockey career consisted of two seasons playing for Dartmouth College of the ECAC from 1981-1983. After his retirement, he accepted an assistant coaching job for Dartmouth which he remained in for one season before leaving to accept an assistant coaching position at Providence College of Hockey East where he coached from 1985 until 1988. Borek then held an assistant coaching position at Brown University of the ECAC from 1988 until 1992. Borek then came to Lake State, first as assistant coach during the 1995-1996 season, and then as head coach from 1996 until 2001. At this time, Borek began a fruitful career as an assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire of Hockey East where he remained from 2002 until 2015. Currently, Borek serves as an associate head coach for Providence College of Hockey East.
- Jeff Jackson 1990-1996
- Jeff Jackson’s illustrious coaching career began in 1982 where he accepted an assistant coaching position for the Paddock Pool Saints of the GLJHL. He then accepted a head coaching position for St. Clair Shores Falcons of the NAHL for one year. In 1986, Jackson came to Lake Superior State University where he acted as assistant coach for four seasons prior to accepting a head coaching position which he held for six seasons. After leaving LSSU, Jackson went on to perform as the head coach for the USNTDP Under-18 Team of the NAHL for three seasons. during the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons, Jackson also held the position of head coach for the U.S. Junior National Team of the USHL. Jackson accepted a head coaching position for Guelph Storm of the OHL in 2000 and remained with this team for three years before making his move to the NHL, where he worked as an assistant coach for the New York Islanders for one season. In 2005, Jackson accepted a head coaching position for Notre Dame of the CCHA where he remains today.
- Bill Selman 1981-1983
- Bill Selman’s playing career was relatively short, playing from 1958-1959 for the Fort Frances Canadians and then finishing his playing career for the University of North Dakota of the WCHA from the 1962-1963.
- Selman’s coaching career began at the University of North Dakota as an assistant coach during the 1964-1965 season prior to accepting a head coaching position with St. Louis University of the CCHA where he coached for the next seven seasons. Selman left St. Louis University to coach for the Dayton Gems of the IHL for one season and finished his coaching career at Lake State for two season from 1981 until 1983.
- Rick Yeo 1976-1981
- Rick Yeo began his playing career at Michigan Technological University of the WCHA where he played three seasons from 1963 until 1965. He then played one season for the Thunder Bay Twins of the USHL before retiring from playing.
- Yeo’s coaching career consisted almost entirely of his years as head coach of Lake Superior State University. He coached here for five seasons from 1976 until 1999. He coached his final season at Michigan Technological University during the 1998-1999 season after which he retired.
- Rick Comley 1973-1976
- Rick Comley’s playing career was short but fruitful. He played at Lake State for four seasons from 1967 until 1971. During his senior year, Comley was named LSSU team captain and Most Valuable Player (MVP). That same year he was selected as an NAIA All-American player and LSSU’s Most Outstanding Athlete.
- Following graduation, Comley returned to Lake State to accept a head coaching position, which he remained in from 1973 until 1976. Following his stint at LSSU, Comley accepted a head coaching job at Northern Michigan University where he remained for a large portion of his career, starting in 1976 and leaving in 2002. At this time, Comley accepted the head coach position at Michigan State University where he stayed until his retirement in 2011.
- Ron Mason 1967-1973
- Ron Mason’s hockey career began in 1956 where he played for the Peterboro T.P.T.’s of the OHA for two seasons. After this, Mason played for three seasons at St. Lawrence University where he helped the team skate to an NCAA championship.
- In 1966 Ron Mason started the hockey program at Lake Superior State University. He remained for seven seasons in this position before leaving to accept a head coaching position at Bowling Green State University, where he remained for six seasons. Once leaving his position at Bowling Green, Mason began his career as head coach of Michigan State University where he would remain from 1979 until he retired from coaching in 2002.
- In 2002, Mason stepped down from coaching to accept a position as athletic director for Michigan State University, naming Rick Comley as his successor as head coach. Mason retired from this position in 2008.
- Ron Mason was also instrumental in establishing the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). When Mason realized that his team (at that time LSSU) was left without a conference, he banded together with other coaches throughout the region to create a new league, and due to his contributions to the league, the championship cup (the Mason Cup) was named after him in 2001.
- Mason passed away on June 13, 2016 at the age of 76.