Trine University named Dan Mayes head coach of its American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II men’s hockey team in August 2016.
Mayes most recently served as a volunteer assistant at Bowling Green State University. He previously served as head coach for the Little Caesar’s Bantam Major program in Detroit, Michigan, from 2013-15. During that time, he oversaw skill development, tactics and systems, and introduced leadership and sports psychology programs.
Mayes also served as an associate coach for the Honeybaked Midget Major/Minor program in Hazel Park, Michigan, where he helped guide the program to two state championships, as well as a third-place national finish in 2013. His experience also included associate coaching duties at Saint Mary’s Catholic Central in Monroe, Michigan.
“I’m honored and excited to be the first coach to lead Trine’s ACHA men’s hockey program,” Mayes said. “Trine University provides a strong commitment to its student-athletes with its academic programs and construction of athletic facilities. I’m looking forward to building a program that will allow our players to take advantage of all the fantastic opportunities available on and off the ice at Trine.”
“Dan’s playing and coaching experience across multiple levels of hockey make him a strong addition to the Trine coaching family,” said Matt Land, assistant vice president of athletics. “His knowledge of the game, as well as his personal experience at the ACHA level, will be invaluable as we look ahead to building competitive hockey programs.”
"We are thrilled to add another coach of Dan’s caliber to our growing hockey programs,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president. “Building quality programs starts with strong leadership, and we are excited to have added another capable leader to lead the ACHA men’s program.”
Mayes is a veteran of the ACHA ranks, having competed while attending Eastern Michigan University. Prior to attending EMU, Mayes played for the Toledo Cherokee of the CSHL from 2000-03. He graduated from Eastern Michigan in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology.