Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Stanaway takes reins as Royales' first head coach

Press Release

The Marquette Royales have announced the hiring of Mike Stanaway as the franchise’s first head coach.

A Marquette native, Stanaway played collegiately at NCAA Division III Finlandia University in Hancock, Mich.

Prior to joining the Royales, Stanaway served as the head coach for the Southern Oregon Spartans and the New Mexico Renegades in the Western States Hockey League. With the Spartans, Stanaway set numerous franchise records including most wins in a season (40) and longest winning streak (18 games).

In 2011-12, Stanaway led the Spartans to a 40-9 record, a Cascade Cup championship (Northern Pacific Hockey League title) and the organization's first national championship appearance. Stanaway left the Spartans with an impressive record of 52-16.

While with the Spartans and Renegades, Stanaway helped over 25 players receive NCAA college hockey offers.

Prior to joining the Spartans, Stanaway served as the head coach of the Central Wisconsin Saints in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. Stanaway guided the Saints to the playoffs each season he was with the organization and during the 2010-11 season, he led the Saints to the final four of the MnJHL playoffs.

Before moving up to junior hockey, Stanaway served as a head coach with the Green Bay Jr. Gamblers Midget AAA program.

Stanaway holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Finlandia and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He resides in Marquette with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Michael.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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