After spending the last two seasons at Wayne State, Chris Luongo has joined the Alabama-Huntsville hockey staff for the 2008-09 campaign, as announced by Charger head coach Danton Cole today.
"We are very excited to add Chris to our staff," remarked Cole, a native of Pontiac. "Our student-athletes will benefit greatly from his knowledge of the game and his ability to teach. He understands our goals here for academics and athletics and will move us closer to being an elite program. I was ecstatic that he was not only available, but interested in joining (assistant coach) John (McCabe) and me. We are a better program today."
An All-CCHA defenseman at Michigan State where he played alongside Cole for three seasons, Luongo, a Fraser native, will lend his knowledge to the Charger blueliners.
"I am very excited to be joining UAHuntsville, a university of academic excellence and a hockey program that is on an upward trajectory," noted Luongo. "I am looking forward to contributing both on and off the ice as well as the continuing my education as a coach under Coach Cole. It is an outstanding opportunity for me and my family and one we intend on taking full advantage of."
Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the fifth round in 1985, Luongo went on to a solid professional career following his collegiate days with the Spartans. After a three-year stint in the minor leagues, Luongo made his NHL debut for the Red Wings during the 1990-91 season before spending time in the Ottawa Sentors and New York Islanders organizations over the course of the next five seasons.
A member of three U.S. teams (96, 97, 00) in the World Championships, Luongo spent seven seasons playing in Germany wrapping up his playing career.
He replaces Dennis Williams, who took an assistant coaching position at Bowling Green.
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