Former Assistant Rejoins The Bulldog Hockey Program

Mark KaufmanFormer Ferris State University men's ice hockey assistant coach Mark Kaufman will be embarking on his second stint with the Bulldogs after recently being named assistant coach at Ferris in an announcement made by 15th-year head coach Bob Daniels.

Kaufman, who was an assistant at Ferris State from 1992-94 under Daniels, fills the vacancy created when Derek Lalonde took an assistant coaching position at the University of Denver in June 2006. Kaufman will be involved in all facets of the program with specific emphasis on coaching the defensemen, recruiting, and player strength and conditioning.

“I'm extremely excited to get a coach with Mark's experience and knowledge,” said Daniels. “We, as a program, are fortunate in that Mark has worked both at the college and professional levels. His experience at the NHL (National Hockey League) level with the San Jose Sharks will pay dividends with our players.

“The collegiate level is more of a teaching environment and what Mark excels in is his ability to teach and develop players,” added Daniels.

Kaufman has spent the last two seasons (2003-05) as head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's (USHL) Sioux Falls (Iowa) Stampede after serving as the director of hockey operations and head coach of the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Wings in 2000.

A native of Pittburgh, Pa., Kaufman spent 1998-02 with the Richmond (Va.) Renegades of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) as the organization's head coach/director of hockey operations. He was chosen as co-coach of the 1999-00 Northern Conference All-Star Team. In the 1998-99 season, Richmond was Kelley Cup Playoff finalists and playoff champions of the Northern Conference.

Following his two seasons (1992-94) at Ferris State, Kaufman served as an assistant coach for the International Hockey League's (IHL) Kansas City (Mo.) Blades in the 1994-95 campaign. He helped the Blades become a Turner Cup Playoff finalist and win an Eastern Conference Playoff title. The following season (1995-96), Kaufman moved up to the NHL ranks with the San Jose Sharks in an assistant coaching capacity. He then spent two seasons (1996-98) as an assistant with the Kentucky Thoroughblades of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Kaufman arrived at Ferris State in Bob Daniels' first season (1992-93) as head coach and the Bulldogs went on to register a 21-16-4 overall record and competed in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Championships. He then was promoted as the top assistant on Daniels' staff for the 1993-94 campaign.

Prior to Ferris, Kaufman was the general manager and head coach of the USHL's Rochester (Minn.) Mustangs where he compiled a 116-95-7 record and coached the 1989-90 team to its third Junior A national championship. He coordinated all of the scheduling, budgeting, recruiting, game staging, off-ice training, housing, fund raising and public relations at Rochester.

From 1986-88, Kaufman served as an assistant coach for U.S. International University, a former NCAA Division I independent located in San Diego, Calif. His responsibilities included monitoring the academic progress of the student-athletes, admissions, housing and the administration of financial aid.

Kaufman was head coach of the Reford (Mich.) Junior B team in 1984-85 and guided the Royals to both league and playoff championship titles. He was also an assistant coach for the USA Hockey Junior Olympic Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y. in 1992.

As a collegian, Kaufman earned a bachelor's degree in urban planning from Michigan State University in 1984. He skated for the Spartan hockey team from 1979-82 and was a teammate of Daniels. In 1987, Kaufman received his master's degree in physical education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He was a graduate assistant coach for the RedHawks during the 1985-86 season.

A 1979 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Kaufman competed in ice hockey as a prepster.

The son of Eugene and Jean Kaufman of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mark is married to the former Catherine Peacock and the couple has a 12-year old son (Brett). The family resides in Portage, Mich.

Kaufman is a member of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).

"The fact of Mark having worked at Ferris State before is an added bonus to our program," said Daniels. "He knows the university and his way around campus."

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