GREEN BAY, Wis. - Michigan Tech alumnus and Hancock native Pat Mikesch was officially named head coach of the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League Thursday.
Mikesch was promoted this week after the Gamblers' previous head coach/general manager, Derek Lalonde, was named coach of the Detroit Red Wings' ECHL affiliate in Toledo, Ohio.
Mikesch had recently completed his third season as the Gamblers' associate head coach and director of player personnel.
"After developing for 10 years as an assistant coach, I feel I am ready for this challenge and excited for the opportunity to represent this outstanding organization as its head coach," said Mikesch in a press release. "I've worked toward this goal and for it to happen in a great sports community like Green Bay makes it all the more rewarding."
The Gamblers won the USHL's regular-season and tournament champs with Mikesch's help in 2011-12.
Mikesch has also coached the United States U-17 team to three gold medals in a row at the Five Nations Cup.
Previously, Mikesch spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan Tech. He also played for the Huskies from 1992-96 (captaining the 1995-96 squad), ranking seventh in the school's all-time scoring ranks with 169 points (57 goals, 112 assists). He played professionally for eight years in North America and Europe.
The USHL is the US's top junior league and a major feeder league to the collegiate ranks.