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BIG RAPIDS – Bob Daniels has developed a Ferris State coaching staff with a lot of years of experience under their belts.


Daniels has 28 years of experience compared to 27 for Drew Famulak and 15 for another assistant, Mark Kaufman.


Kaufman was named assistant coach at Ferris State in July 2006.


He was also an assistant at Ferris State from 1992-94 under Daniels, and is involved in all facets of the program with specific emphasis on coaching the defensemen, the penalty kill, recruiting, and player strength and conditioning.


“He’s an excellent communicator,” Daniels said. “He’s able to give a lot of useful info regarding in-game adjustments. He does a super job in is his ability to communicate with players individually one-on-one and giving them solid information on their development.”



Kaufman played a vital role in Ferris State enjoying the nation’s top NCAA Division I penalty-kill unit for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11). The Bulldogs posted a national-best .884 percentage in the 2009-10 campaign and a school-record .886 efficiency rate for the 2010-11 season.


He had spent two seasons (2003-05) as head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Sioux Falls (Iowa) Stampede after being the director of hockey operations and head coach of the Kalamazoo Wings in 2000.



A native of Pittsburgh, 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.



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 1993-94.


“He handles all of our travel and the budget for the team travel,” Daniels said. “He assists me in a lot of other areas regarding the budget.”


A 1979 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Kaufman competed in ice hockey during his prep years.


Kaufman lives in Portage and also works with recruiting along with Famulak.


“In the early fall he gets out, and again in the spring,” Daniels said. “Like Drew, he has an awful lot of contacts in the hockey world. He’s been a junior coach in the USHL a couple of times. He’s coached in the North American League. There’s a lot of contacts he has in those leagues. He spent time in the National Hockey League, American Hockey League and the East Coast League. He does have a wealth of contacts and people to feed us information on players.”


CAMPS


The COVID-19 pandemic has thwarted Ferris’ summer camp program for 2020.


“We really want to stay in the camp business,” Daniels said. “It looks to me like we won’t be able to use July so we’re shooting for a commuter camp in August. It’s looking more promising. It would be from the Cadillac area down to Grand Rapids and over to Ludington and Mount Pleasant. That’s the area we’ll target.


“We think there’s enough interest out there so if things progress, we can fill three different groups in early August,” Daniels said. “We would run them in the evening for transportation services for parents. They’ll probably have to get dressed before they come to the rink. All showering and that type of stuff would have to be at home. Once we get to mid-July, I think we’ll have a good handle on what we can do.”


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