FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Fred Pletsch, a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association staff since 2001, has been named Commissioner of the CCHA following league meetings in Naples, Fla. Pletsch had been serving as Interim Commissioner since March 23, when former Commissioner Tom Anastos resigned to become head coach at Michigan State.
“Fred steps into the Commissioner’s role at an important time for the CCHA,” said Greg Christopher, Chair of the CCHA Council and Assistant Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Bowling Green State University. “He has been integrally involved in the direction of the conference for nearly a decade, and understands the details of the position along with the broader vision necessary to lead the CCHA. All 11 institutions have confi dence in Fred and believe that he is the right person to help us navigate the future.”
Previously, Pletsch served as the CCHA’s associate commissioner (2008-11) and director of communications (2001-2008).
“I would like to thank the CCHA membership for providing me this opportunity to continue to serve a league with such great tradition and history,” Pletsch said. “The CCHA staff is committed to maintaining the high standards of service and professionalism that have become synonymous with the conference. Together, we look forward to meeting the challenges and exploring the opportunities presented by college hockey’s changing landscape.”
Prior to joining the CCHA, the Canton, Mich., resident served as Commissioner of the Junior ‘A’ North American Hockey League for three years. During that time, NAHL teams graduated over 150 players to the NCAA Division I ranks.
The CCHA recently completed its 40th season of play and held the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the 30th consecutive year.