Haviland Named New CC Head Coach
Won 2 ECHL Titles, Stanley Cup With Chicago
CHN Staff Report
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Mike Haviland, who won two championships as head coach in the East Coast Hockey League and a Stanley Cup in Chicago, has been named the new head coach at Colorado College.
"This is a terrific day for Colorado College," CC athletic director Ken Ralph said. "In Mike Haviland we have hired one of the most successful and widely respected coaches in the industry. Mike has won championships at multiple levels and has always produced winning programs. He has a deep understanding of the values of a liberal arts education and respect for the position of this program in the Colorado Springs community. We have aspirations of winning national championships, and I am confident we have found the right coach to turn our vision into reality."
Haviland, 46, was head coach of the Hershey Bears this past season. He is a native of New Jersey who played college hockey at Division-III Elmira (N.Y.) until graduating in 1990. After a brief playing career, Haviland got into coaching, first as an assistant with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.
He got his first head coaching job with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies in 2001-02, and won the ECHL championship the next season. He won another title as head coach of Trenton in 2004-05.
Thanks to that success, Haviland landed a job as head coach in the American Hockey League, in Norfolk. He became an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008-09, winning a Stanley Cup there before going back to the AHL.
"I'm thrilled to be part of the Colorado College family," Haviland said in a news release. "I have great plans for this team. I expect that we will be national contenders. The school provides every opportunity for us to succeed on and off the ice. This is an exciting opportunity for me and my family."
Peter Stoykewych, junior defenseman for the Tigers and a member of the search committee, said, "After meeting Coach Haviland it was obvious that his character and personality are a perfect fit for our program. He is a proven winner who has experienced great success with multiple organizations. Just talking about hockey with him got me excited for next season. I can't wait to get on the ice with him."
Haviland replaces Scott Owens, who stepped down under pressure last month after 15 seasons.