Northern Michigan stayed in the CCHA to find their new assistant coach.
The Wildcats hired former Nebraska-Omaha volunteer assistant Robert Facca to replace the departed John Olver, who left to become the general manager for the American Hockey League's Iowa Stars at the end of this past season.
"One of the biggest responsibilities of that job is your ability to recruit,” NMU head coach Walt Kyle said in the Mining Journal. “This is a guy who has a strong network in the United States Hockey League and has a strong network in Canada.”
Facca, 30, spent the last two seasons with the Mavericks and was also the director of coaching for O.M.A.H.A. Youth Hockey. Prior to that, he spent two years as an assistant coach with the United States Hockey League’s Lincoln Stars.
“It’s just the opportunity to go to a Division I school as a full-time assistant coach and to work for somebody like Walt was a no brainer,” said Facca, a native of London, Ont., in the same Mining Journal article. “Walt is very highly regarded, and Northern has a tradition of winning and being very competitive.”
A former defenseman and forward for the Mavericks from 1997-99, Facca received his degree in public relations in 2002.