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Finlandia hires ex-Potsdam assistant Kuruc as new Lions women’s hockey head coach

By on August 19, 2022 0
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Michael Kuruc has been named head coach of Finland’s women’s hockey team.

He is expected to take office on September 1.

“We are delighted to announce that Mike will be the next head coach of our women’s hockey program,” Finlandia athletic director Curtis Wittenberg said in a statement. “Mike brings tremendous passion, which we will turn into great energy within the program. With her strong work ethic, we see a bright future for Finnish women’s hockey under her leadership. »

Kuruc was assistant coach and recruitment coordinator at Potsdam in 2021-22.

“I am incredibly honored and grateful to be the next Finlandia Lions head coach,” Kuruc said. “I hope I can use my previous experience to provide a rewarding experience for our student-athletes on the ice, in the classroom and in the community”

Kuruc got his start as an undergrad at Syracuse where he served as a goaltender and team manager for the ACHA Division I program from 2015 to 2019. Kuruc helped the Orange win three conference championships and winning two domestic appearances (2015-16, 2016-17). As team leader, he was in charge of promotions in addition to being the official scorer and sound announcer.

From 2016 to 2019, Kuruc had additional duties as the video coordinator and operations staff for the NCAA Division I women’s hockey team. Among his duties were creating pre-scouting and game footage, uploading game video, and helping plan team travel and meals. Kuruc saw the team win the CHA Championship and earn their first NCAA appearance in 2018-19.

In 2019-20, Kuruc joined King’s Men’s Hockey Program, where he was the Graduate Assistant for Hockey Operations. He was responsible for creating pre-scouting and game footage, uploading game video, and assisting with hockey operations and equipment management duties. Kuruc was also responsible for goalkeeper training.

In 2020-21, he returned to Syracuse as a volunteer assistant coach for the women’s hockey team.

Kuruc holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management with a minor in event and facility management from Syracuse and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Robert Morris.

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