After leading the Marquette Royales to the national tournament in their first year of existence, Royales head coach Mike Stanaway recently left the Royales to coach another hockey team in Marquette- The Electricians.
Stanaway has had plenty of success at his last two coaching stops. The Marquette native won 105 games the last three seasons coaching in both the Minnesota Junior Hockey League and the Western States Hockey League.
Leaving the Royales was a tough call for Stanaway, but he couldn’t turn down an offer to coach the Electricians.
“Getting the Electricians back among the country’s elite was a great opportunity for me,” said Stanaway.
The Electricians went 2-44-3 last season. Stanaway has confidence that he will able to turn the program around fairly quickly.
“I think its actually going to be a real easy fix,” said Stanaway. “The structure is there. I think the only piece of the puzzle missing is to be able to go out and recruit some top end players, which is what I’ve been doing. We’re already off to a fantastic start with that.”
In addition to his coaching duties with the ‘Tros, Stanaway will serve as the general manager for the Brooklyn Aviators of the United States Premier Hockey League. Stanaway’s assistant coach with the Royales, Cliff Cook, will coach the Aviators.