Former Ferris State assistant coach Mark Kaufman will be embarking on his second stint with the Bulldogs after recently being named assistant coach at Ferris.
Kaufman, who was an assistant at Ferris State from 1992-94 under head coach Bob Daniels, fills the vacancy created when Derek Lalonde took an assistant coaching position at the University of Denver in June. Kaufman will be involved in all facets of the program with specific emphasis on coaching the defensemen, recruiting and player strength and conditioning.
"I'm extremely excited to get a coach with Mark's experience and knowledge," said Daniels. "We, as a program, are fortunate in that Mark has worked both at the college and professional levels. His experience at the NHL level with the San Jose Sharks will pay dividends with our players.
"The collegiate level is more of a teaching environment and what Mark excels in is his ability to teach and develop players."
Kaufman has spent the last two seasons (2003-05) as head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's Sioux Falls Stampede after serving as the director of hockey operations and head coach of the Kalamazoo Wings in 2000. During the 1995-96 season, Kaufman was an assistant coach in San Jose.
"The fact of Mark having worked at Ferris State before is an added bonus to our program," said Daniels. "He knows the university and his way around campus."
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