Huntsville Names Luongo New Coach
CHN Staff Report
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. Chris Luongo has been named the new head coach at Alabama-Huntsville, replacing Danton Cole, who departed last month. Luongo has been the top assistant with the Chargers for the last two seasons, and becomes the fourth head coach in the program's history.
“I am extremely excited about this opportunity and I want to thank Mr. Harris, and Dr. Williamsfor entrusting UAH Hockey to me,” Luongo said. “This is something I take very seriously and I am committed to our student-athletes, The University, and to the Huntsville community.”
Like Cole, Luongo is a former Michigan State defenseman who went on to an NHL career. He won a national championship with the Spartans in 1986. Luongo has also been an assistant coach at Wayne State.
“Chris has done an excellent job with our student-athletes both on the ice and in the classroom the past two seasons and there is no doubt in my mind that he's the right guy for our university to lead the UAH hockey program,” Director of Athletics Jim Harris said.
An All-CCHA defensemen at Michigan State under Ron Mason, Luongo played for the Spartans from 1985-1989. Following his collegiate career, Luongo, a 5th-round selection by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, played with the Phoenix Roadrunners of the IHL and the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL before making his NHL debut in Detroit in the 1990-91 season.
“Having been here for two years, I have become well aware of the amazing support that UAH Hockey receives from the University, the Alumni, and the Huntsville community and look forward to building on that support in the coming years,” Luongo said.