Northern Michigan University has announced the appointment of Joe Shawhan to the full-time assistant coaching role that was vacated when Rob Facca left to take a similar position at Western Michigan University.
“We were really blessed to have Rob Facca - a young, energetic, smart coach as part of the coaching staff. We wish him and his family all the best with the move to Western Michigan,” said NMU head coach Walt Kyle. “Equally as important is to have Joe Shawhan waiting in the wings. He is a proven coach not only in NCAA Division I hockey, but was successful at levels we recruit. His knowledge of hockey and his work with the goaltenders will benefit the program.”
Shawhan has been part of the Wildcat hockey program for the past two years. He served as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2008-09 season and was the director of hockey operations this past season (2009-10). During his tenure with the ‘Cats, the team has made two trips to Joe Louis Arena for the CCHA Championships and a NCAA tournament appearance.
Shawhan served as an assistant coach at Lake Superior State for three seasons (2005-08). With the Lakers, the team earned consecutive home-ice playoff berths and a trip to the CCHA championship in Detroit for the first time since 1996.