After three seasons at the helm of the UAH hockey program, Danton Cole is moving on, accepting the head coaching position for the United States Hockey National Team Development program.
"An opportunity for me and my family with U.S.A. Hockey presented itself and as a professional chance to work in their program it is a great situation for us," said Cole of his upcoming venture.
"I would first of all like to thank everyone at UAH for all of their kindness and friendship. Dr. (David) Williams, Joe Ritch, Jim Harris, all of the coaches and especially the hockey alumni and boosters have made Huntsville a home for me and my family."
"The former and current student-athletes have been like sons to me and I am very proud of how they represent Charger Hockey. I also could not ask for better friends and coaches to work with than Chris (Luongo), John (McCabe), Dennis (Williams), Keith (Rowe) and Tyler (Eaves)."
Cole assumed the the UAH head coaching post in 2007 following the retirement of long-time coach Doug Ross. During his tenure, the Chargers had a record of 23-59-11. In 2009-10 under Cole, UAH opened the season with an upset win on the road over Notre Dame. The Chargers went on to win their second College Hockey America tournament title, in the final year of the conference.
The Chargers earned their second bid to the NCAA Division I playoffs, giving top seed Miami (OH) a tough battle before falling 2-1.
"I know that our efforts over the last three years have left the program in great shape for the future," Cole said. "I cannot say enough about the Huntsville community and even though we are leaving, we will always be a part of the program and continue to be an advocate for the University."
"We wish Coach Cole and his family well with this new position back home in Michigan," said UAH Director of Athletics Jim Harris. "Danton has done an outstanding job advancing our hockey program with excellent recruiting classes and an upgraded future schedule that includes teams like Ohio State, Air Force and others in home and home series."
"I've enjoyed having Danton on my staff and know he will be successful at USA Hockey."