10-year NCAA drought, Michigan State fires hockey coach Danton Cole

Michigan State hockey is looking for a new head coach.

In his first major move as athletic director, Alan Haller announced Tuesday that Danton Cole is out. Cole was the head coach for five seasons, with a record of 58-101-12.

“Over the last month, I have spent time evaluating where we currently stand as a hockey program. It has become clear to me that it is in the best interest of the program to change leadership and begin a new era of Spartan hockey,” Haller said in a statement Tuesday. “Danton Cole is a Spartan alum who put his heart into this job and we appreciate his efforts and dedication.

“I believe that a fresh start is what the program needs most. We have a proud championship history and a passionate alumni group.

“With a renovated Munn Ice Arena opening this fall and a renewed commitment to the program’s success, big things are on the horizon for Spartan hockey.”

Danton Cole is out as Michigan State hockey coach.

In 2019, Michigan State launched a $ 26.2 million renovation project for Munn; the project was paused during the pandemic but was restarted last year and is due to be unveiled later this year.

Cole, 55, a native of Pontiac and alum of Michigan State, was a recognized recruit when then-sports director Mark Hollis in April 2017 picked him up from the U.S. Hockey National Team Development Program. He had also previously been the head coach of Alabama-Huntsville (2007-10), Motor City Mechanics (2004-06), Grand Rapids Griffins (2002-05) and Muskegon Fury (2001-02).

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