Cheboygan’s Nightingale Named MSU Hockey Coach
Cheboygan native Adam Nightingale on Tuesday was named Michigan State University’s hockey coach. He is the eighth head coach in program history.
Nightingale spent the prior two seasons as head coach at the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) and fours years at the NHL level, including as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings in 2019-20.
“I’m extremely thankful and humbled to have the opportunity to lead at Michigan State University,” said Nightingale in a statement. “Spartan hockey is a source of pride for the University, the East Lansing community, and the entire state of Michigan. I’d like to thank Athletic Director Alan Haller, Deputy AD Jennifer Smith, and everyone involved in the search process for the opportunity to come back home and once again be a part of this storied program.
“We will hire a staff that is well equipped to support our student-athletes and will be committed to developing them as a person, not just a hockey player. We want to bring in high-level players with aspirations to work hard and help them develop to the point where they have the opportunity to play in the National Hockey League.
“Our staff will put a premium on player development so that we can play an exciting and skilled brand of hockey. We will continue the traditions of hard-working student-athletes who are standouts not only on the ice, but also in the classroom and in our community. We look forward to building the program back to where our proud alumni and fan base know it should be, which is the top of college hockey.”
An MSU alum, Nightingale began his coaching career with Michigan State in 2010 as the team’s director of operations before moving on in 2014 to work with the Shattuck St. Mary’s program and then the Buffalo Sabres.
Nightingale will be introduced at press conference on May 9.