Dan Phelps (Livonia, MI) has been chosen as an Assistant Coach for the 2013 United States University Men’s Select Team, serving under Head Coach Scott Balboni. Phelps is returning to the United States University Men’s Select Team coaching ranks for the second consecutive time, having served as an assistant coach for Team USA along with Balboni at the Winter World University Games in 2011 in Erzurum, Turkey, under Dave Debol of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
The United States University Men’s Select Team will compete at the Winter World University Games, to be held December 11-21, 2013 in Trentino, Italy. The United States University Men’s Select Team is comprised of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).
Phelps will enter his sixth season as the Head Coach for the Adrian College Bulldogs, as well as his fourth season as the ACHA Hockey Director at Adrian.
The program has flourished under the direction of Phelps with an overall record of 134-58 during his five seasons at Adrian College. The Bulldogs also captured the GLCHL regular season championship in 2011 and 2013 while winning the playoff championship in 2012. In addition to his duties at Adrian College, Phelps was the first assistant coach with the US National University Team that traveled to Turkey in 2011 for the World University Games where the team finished sixth overall Italy in 2013. He will also hold that position as the National team travels to Trentino, Italy for the 2013 WUG tournament in December of. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Adrian College ACHA Ice Sports that fields 3 men’s level programs (D1, D3-Gold, D3-Black), and most recently in 2012, the ACHA Woman’s D1 program. Phelps was also instrumental in bringing the 2010 and 2011 ACHA Division 1 All-Star Game to Arrington Ice Arena on the campus of Adrian College.
In 2010-11, the Bulldogs finished fifth overall in the national rankings for ACHA Division 1. The team lost in double overtime to Delaware in the ACHA Division 1 National Quarterfinals on their first trip to the national stage. In 2011-2012, he again guided the program to the ACHA Division 1 National Quarterfinals where they bowed out to conference rival Oakland University, who went on to be finalist of that year’s tournament. 2013 also saw the Bulldogs return to the ACHA Division 1 National Quarterfinals, but dropped a tight game to eventual finalist Lindenwood University by a score of 5-4. Away from the ice surface, Coach Phelps has also seen his players contribute in the classroom. Since the 2009-2010 season, he has produced 20 ACHA All-American Academic Award winners and two ACHA All-Americans (1st Team 2013-Andrew Amodeo, 2nd Team-Senate Patton). In addition, he has consistently places players in conference and national spot light awards including 8 league award winners in 2013 including Conference MVP and Rookie-of-the-Year along with the ACHA National Rookie-of-the-Year in 2013 in Senate Patton. On his side, he has won the GLCHL Coach-of –the-Year in both 2011 and 2013 while also being honored by his peers as ACHA Division 1 Coach-of-Year in 2011.
Phelps has been involved heavily in the development of numerous youth hockey players in the state of Michigan. He most recently served as assistant coach and program administrator for the Victory Honda Midget Major Hockey Club and was also head coach and general manager for the Michigan Ice Dogs Junior A Hockey Club from 2006-2008. He handled every aspect of the Ice Dogs including team administrative duties, financial budgeting, player recruitment, and player development. Through his time and effort, he helped send five players onto college hockey programs including four players to the NCAA Division III level, while moving numerous to the Tier II Jr. A level.
Phelps' longest tenured position came at Novi High School as the head coach from 1998-2006. He helped establish the first ice hockey program in school history and advanced it to one of the top five high school hockey programs in the state of Michigan. His teams were conference champions from 2000-2002 and won five regional championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006). Novi advanced to the state semifinals in 2001 and 2003.
Phelps has an extensive background in scouting and recruiting which will be used daily at the collegiate level. He served as a Michigan Area Scout for USHL Central Scouting during 2005-2006. He was head coach and general manager for CSHL - Toronto Prospects Selects Showcase from 2006-2008. He has also served as a Great Lakes Scout for the Sarnia Blast Junior B Hockey Club of the WOHL and a regional scout for the Dubuque Thunderbirds of the MJHL Junior B League.
Phelps played collegiate ice hockey for one season at NCAA Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point and concluded his career at Eastern Michigan University as a member of their ACHA club. He was named team captain all three years and team MVP twice. In addition, he was named First Team All-Defense three times and led the team in scoring during one season. Prior to college, he played for the Sarnia Ranson Bees and Chatham Maroons of the Western Ontario Junior B League and the Detroit Falcons of the NAHL Junior A League.
Phelps graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and a minor in public law and government.
Phelps resides in Livonia, MI with his wife Julie and daughter Erin (14).