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Danton Cole

Head Coach, NTDP

Danton Cole

Phone: (734) 327-9251, ext. 314

Danton Cole is in his fifth season as a head coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He will guide the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2014-15.

His most recent season at the helm included leading the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team to the gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s Under-18 World Championship in Lappeenranta, Finland. Additionally, Cole’s squad took home the 2014 Five Nations Tournament title in Dmitrov, Russia, and placed second in the 2013 Four Nations Tournament in Turku, Finland.

Cole was behind the bench of the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2012-13, leading that group to a third-place finish at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the championship of the 2012 Four Nations Tournament. That same season, the Pontiac, Mich., native served as an assistant coach with the bronze medal-winning U.S. Men’s National Team at the IIHF Men’s World Championship in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.

During the 2011-12 campaign, Cole’s squad won the gold medal at the 2012 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic, posting a perfect 6-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record. His team also claimed first place at the 2011 Four Nations Tournament in Monthey, Switzerland.

In his first season with the NTDP, Cole guided the U.S. National Under-17 Team to first-place finishes at the 2011 Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia, and the 2010 Four Nations Cup in Woodridge, Ill. The Under-17 Team also placed second at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Cole got his first taste of international coaching experience when he served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team at the 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

Following a four-year career at Michigan State University that included the 1986 NCAA Division 1 national championship, the 1989 Big Ten Medal of Honor, and three Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team selections, Cole was a member of three U.S. Men’s National Teams (1990, 1991, 1994) and earned Outstanding Player recognition in 1991. In the professional ranks, he earned a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995. Most recently, Cole was honored with Michigan State’s 2012-13 Distinguished Spartan Award.

Additional Experience

  • Head Coach, University of Alabama-Huntsville (2007-10)
    • College Hockey America champions (2010)
    • NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey tournament (2009-10)
  • Assistant Coach, Bowling Green State University (2006-07)
  • Head Coach, UHL’s Motor City Mechanics (2004-06)
  • Head Coach, AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins (2002-05)
    • Winningest coach in team history
    • Calder Cup Playoff appearances (2002-03, 2003-04)
  • Head Coach, UHL’s Muskegon Fury (2001-02)
    • Colonial Cup champions (2002)
  • Assistant Coach, IHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins (1999-2001)