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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Whitten named director of MSU ops

Compiled by MiCHO Staff

Michigan State has announced that Damon Whitten will join the Spartan staff as the Director of Hockey Operations. He replaces Keith McKittrick, who joined the staff of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings earlier in the month.

Whitten, a Spartan letterwinner from 1998-2001 and an alternate captain as a senior, has coached not only as a graduate assistant for the Spartans, but also as an assistant at Wayne State and Alaska-Anchorage. In his role at MSU, Whitten will be in charge of all facets of the Spartans video operations, as well as all team travel and alumni relations and will serve as a liaison with the Blueline Club.

“I am thrilled to welcome Damon and his family back to East Lansing,” noted Michigan State head coach Rick Comley. “He is a Spartan, and I think its great that we can bring an alumnus back into our program. I think the experience he gained in his coaching career has benefitted him greatly and the addition of Damon makes us a stronger staff.”

Whitten joins the Spartans after a two-year stint at Alaska-Anchorage, where he was the team’s recruiting coordinator in addition to his on-ice coaching duties. His coaching focus was on the forwards, goaltenders, and penalty kill. His administrative focuses included all video editing, serving as a liaison with compliance, academic support, financial aid, housing, admissions and coordinating all team travel. Prior to his time on the Seawolves staff, he spent two seasons in Detroit on the Wayne State staff as an assistant coach from 2004-2006.

The new Spartan staffer began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach for the Spartans in 2003-04. In addition to his on-ice work, he led on-campus recruiting visits, completed extensive video scouting and game analysis and also helped coordinate team community outreach with the Student-Athlete Support Services staff.

Whitten, a 31-year-old Brighton native, appeared in 166 career games for the Spartans and finished his career with 35 goals and 40 assists for 75 points with 257 penalty minutes.

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