Dan Phelps (Livonia, MI) has been chosen as an Assistant Coach for the 2011 United States Men’s National University Team. Phelps will be serving under Head Coach Dave Debol from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and alongside Scott Balboni from Penn State University. The United States Men’s National University Team will compete at the Winter World University Games, to be held January 27-February 6, 2011 in Erzurum, Turkey.
The United States Men’s National University Team is comprised of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). The players (22 regulars and 6 alternates) were selected following an identification camp August 6-8 at Patterson Ice Center in Grand Rapids, MI.
Dan is beginning his third season at the helm of the Adrian College program. After two full seasons, he has comprised an overall record of 46-29 including a 27-11 campaign this past season while finishing #13 in the final pre-national rankings, missing the tournament by one slot this season. Recently, Dan was appointed the Director of ACHA Hockey at Adrian College where he continues his position as head coach of the Men’s Division 1 (M1) program while overseeing administration and operations as director with their two Men’s Division 3 programs. This past season, he was instrumental in forming the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (along with Debol), as well as managing the 2010 ACHA Men’s Division 1 All-Star Game, held in Adrian this past spring. Dan was previously selected to coach in the 2009 ACHA Men’s Division 1 All-Star Game held in Wooster, OH.
Dan hails from Livonia, MI where he grew up playing in the Michigan National Hockey League (MNHL) with the Adray Nationals organization. After 4 seasons of junior hockey (two in the Great Lakes/North American Hockey League and two in the Western Ontario Junior League), Phelps began his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he set the record for most games played by a freshman (32), which has since been broken. The following season, he began his ACHA career at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) where he was a 3-time Central States Collegiate Hockey League All League selection and All-Tournament Team selection at the 1992 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships. At EMU, he was selected Most Valuable Player twice and Best Defenseman three times. Following his collegiate career, Dan also played USA Senior A hockey, where he claimed two USA Open National Championships (1996 and 2000).
Dan began his coaching career in 1998-99 as the inaugural Head Coach of the Novi High School Varsity Team. During his 8-year tenure at Novi, his teams captured 5 regional championships with three trips to the state semi-finals of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. After leaving Novi High School, he took the reigns as Head Coach and General Manager of the Michigan Ice Dogs Junior A3 team. In two seasons, his teams made consecutive playoff appearances both years. He was instrumental in developing and advancing a majority of his players to higher levels of hockey, including the collegiate ranks.
Phelps is well known in the Michigan hockey circuit as a relentless recruiter and developmental coach that produces results. He stresses a knack for combining academics and athletics so that both work for the positive result of his student-athletes. This past season, he had multiple Dean’s list players while having two that accomplished a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout the year. Phelps also has been an assistant coach for the past seven years with Team Michigan, which showcases many of the best high school seniors in the state of Michigan.
Dan resides in Livonia, Michigan with his wife Julie and daughter Erin.