Northland College named Dan Huntley its new men’s ice hockey coach, it was announced today.
Huntley previously coached at Rainy River Community College, where he compiled a 76-40-6 record from 1994-1999. He capped off his tenure there with a junior college national championship in 1999, and was named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Coach of the Year three times (1996, 1998, and 1999). Most recently, Huntley coached at Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school in Faribault, Minn.
“Any time you bring in a coach who has a national championship under his belt you know you have a well qualified individual,” said Northland athletic director Steve Wammer. “I am confident that Dan will be able to bring our program to the next level.”
Huntley replaces Mike Sherry, who resigned in April. Sherry was 15-60-4 in leading Northland through its first three seasons of varsity play.
“This program is a great opportunity for student-athletes,” said Huntley. “Being able to take over a young program and strive to build a competitive program on the ice is my goal.”
Huntley played for the College of St. Scholastica, where he was a four-year letterwinner as a defenseman from 1986-90. He also served as an assistant there for one year following graduation.
Huntley takes over a team that went 6-20-1 in 1999-2000, but which has a core of returning players. Northland College was fourth in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association last season.
“I am excited about the upcoming season,” said Huntley. “I believe that with a good work ethic, discipline, and a passion to reach their potential, Lumberjack Hockey can take a big step forward.”