Head Coach/General Manager - Kevin Patrick
Head Coach - Kevin Patrick
Kevin Patrick didn't pack light when preparing for his move to Muskegon, where he will be the head coach and general manager of the Lumberjacks during their inaugural season in the United States Hockey League.
Since 1993, when Patrick
coaching debut as an assistant at his
alma mater, Deerfield Academy
in Deerfield, Mass., he's
been stowing away every lesson, experience and trick of the trade he's
come across in 17 years as an assistant coach.
"The biggest change in being a head coach is you're taking the pieces of puzzle you've learned and developed as an assistant coach over the years," Patrick said.
"Now you have an opportunity to put them into play and make the final decisions."
Immediately before becoming the Lumberjacks' first coach, Patrick served as the assistant coach of the Wisconsin Badgers hockey program for five years.
tenure at UW
began with a bang as he
helped Head Coach Mike Eaves direct the Badgers to the sixth NCAA championship in school history in 2006.
"That was a moment in time I'll remember forever," Patrick
said of the Badgers'
2-1 championship victory over Boston College at the Bradley Center
"The players, the other coaches, everyone around the program, the fans...it was an unbelievable opportunity to be part of that."
Patrick joined the Badgers from Bowling Green, where he served as an assistant coach from 2002-05.
oversaw the Falcons' defense, evaluated game tapes, monitored the academic progress, scouted and recruited potential student-athletes throughout North America and worked with alumni and the community.
accomplishments at BGSU include helping the Falcons surge from eight wins his
first year to 16 victories his
last; recruiting members of the 2005 CCHA All-Rookie
Team; and helping the team earn its first league winning mark in nine years and its first home-ice advantage for the CCHA playoffs in 10 seasons.
Prior to his
time with the Falcons, Patrick
spent four seasons at Union College
as an assistant coach.
began by working with the team's forwards and defensemen, coordinating the team's strength and conditioning program.
Over his final three years, he served as the team's recruiting coordinator throughout North America.
watched the Skating Dutchmen go from three wins during his
first season to 13 in his
recruits were chosen to the 2002 and 2003 ECAC All-Rookie Teams.
In 1993, he broke ice on his coaching career as assistant coach at Deerfield Academy, from which he graduated in 1988.
The team went 63-21-4 during his
four-year stay, qualifying for the New England tournament in 1994, 1995 and 1996.
Patrick served three years as assistant athletic director and two years as a science teacher.
was also a dorm parent three of his
four years, an experience he
considers invaluable to the role he'll play with the Lumberjacks.
Patrick served as assistant head coach, assistant general manager and VP of operations during the 1997-98 season with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL.
extensive coaching and administrative experience has him well-equipped to lead in Muskegon, where recruiting is as important as the ability to arrange Xs and Os.
"I love what I do and when I get out of bed, I can't wait to get to work every day," Patrick
"Coming back to the USHL
was very appealing.
To get these players at this point in their lives and careers, and develop them on and off the ice is a great opportunity."
also has learned the role of patience in building a winner, as every coach he's
served under has won a championship as either a coach, player or both.
In Green Bay, Patrick coached under Mark Osiecki, currently the head coach at Ohio State University.
"I've been very lucky to have had a chance to learn from the people I've worked with and for," Patrick
said, "and they've taught me not just how to develop players, but also a coaching staff."
Patrick graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1992 with a bachelor's of science degree in pre-professional studies.
He was a four-year defenseman for the Fighting Irish hockey team, captaining the program during his final two seasons.
also played lacrosse for two seasons, helping Notre Dame
qualify for the 1990 NCAA Division I Lacrosse Tournament.
He resumed his education and earned a master's degree in sports management from Massachusetts in 1998.
graduation from Notre Dame
played one season of professional hockey, suiting up for the New Haven Senators of the AHL, the St. Thomas Wildcats of the CoHL and the Green Bay Ice of the American Hockey Association
was selected to the 1993 AHA All-Star
knew that once he
hung up his
skates as a player, he'd immediately go into coaching.
A former member of the Board of Governors for the American Hockey Coaches Association (2003-06), Patrick transitioned to vice president of convention planning from 2006-09.
With USA Hockey, he
has coached at numerous development camps.
In Muskegon, Patrick
graciously embraces the expecations of what he
calls a "hockey-rich, hockey-passionate" market.
"Hockey-knowledgable fans will see the development and progress of this product," Patrick
"They're looking for wins and championships, and that's what the players are lacing up their skates every day to try to deliver.
I wouldn't expect the community to want anything less from their
wife Julie and their two sons, James and John, live in Norton Shores.
boys are both a chip off the block in many ways, their individual personalities have provided ample off-the-clock training.