Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Check Out Faces Of Ferris Entry On Hockey Coach Bob Daniels

Bob DanielsFor decades, Ferris State University has taken great pride in being one of the smaller schools in Division I hockey and a member of a premier conference laden with Big 10 teams.

Today, more than 30 years since Division I hockey arrived at Ferris, 18th-year head coach Bob Daniels has in many ways become the face of Bulldog Hockey.

Daniels, the 2002-03 American Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Coach of the Year, currently has the Bulldogs in the midst of their best season since his Chris Kunitz-lead squad made headlines seven years ago. While hundreds of players have come and gone during Daniels' tenure, he remains a rock of consistency in Big Rapids -- well respected by peers for the way his program battles Division I college hockey heavyweights like Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami and Ohio State.

Through it all, Coach Daniels, aided by a trusted and experienced staff that includes associate head coach Drew Famulak and assistant Mark Kaufman, has remained as humble and hard working as ever while recruiting and developing quality players on the ice.

This season, it was doubtful many fans expected a whole lot from the Bulldogs. But, the coaching staff was optimistic -- long before Ferris shot out of the gates to a high national ranking and a spot near the top of the rugged Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings.

"When the year started, we were cautiously optimistic. We knew we had the talent, but it was just going to be a matter of how it all came together," Daniels said. "It has come together and our leadership has been tremendous. We have a great group of seniors led by our captain Cody Chupp, who is a Big Rapids native. Not only are these seniors playing well in key roles, but they're playing well in key situations."

For the full version, visit Faces of Ferris: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/faces/daniels/

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