DETROIT — Bill Wilkinson, who coached Western Michigan for nearly 17 years before being relieved of his duties midseason, will be behind the bench for Wayne State’s newly-reconstituted hockey program, the school announced.
“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m excited to be part of this new program,” said Wilkinson.
During his tenure at WMU, Wilkinson led the Broncos to three NCAA tournament appearances and one CCHA playoff title, and was named CCHA Coach of the Year three times. The native of Goderich, Ont., previously served as an assistant coach at both Bowling Green and North Dakota before taking the Bronco job.
Wayne State, which last played varsity hockey in 1935, will begin anew for 1999-2000, and is expected to petition the NCAA for Division I status.