A familiar face for many Adrian College men's hockey supporters will become the second head coach in the program's history as Adam Krug has been tabbed to replace Ron Fogarty, who recently became the head coach at Princeton University.
Krug was the team captain of the men's hockey program at Adrian College for the inaugural season of the program in 2007-08 and also played during the 2008-09 season. He played for two seasons at Wayne State University in Detroit before joining the Bulldogs. With Adrian, Krug was named a Second Team All-American in the West Region in his first season. He also set the Adrian College and Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association single-season record with 77 points. In addition, Krug led NCAA Division III in scoring at 2.66 points per game and was named MCHA Player of the Year.
Krug followed that with the sixth-best scoring season at Adrian College with 52 points including 22 goals and 30 assists in 2008-09. He ranked fifth in NCAA Division III in scoring at 1.86 points per game and was selected First Team All-MCHA as a senior. Despite playing just two seasons, Krug ranks seventh all-time in school history with 129 points, sixth with 52 goals, fifth with 20 power play goals and ninth with 77 assists.
"My wife and I are extremely excited to come back to our alma mater," said Krug, a 2012 Adrian College graduate with a bachelor of arts in business administration. "Not many athletes get the opportunity to coach where they played and thanks to President Jeffrey Docking and athletic director Michael Duffy, I will get that chance. I am honored to be the head coach of such a nationally-prominent program. We will keep the traditions intact and continue strong relationships with our alumni."
"I owe a lot of thanks to former head coach Ron Fogarty," continued Krug. "He brought me to Adrian College as a player and I am thrilled to be back as his successor. Ron set the standards of Adrian hockey and I will do everything in my power to make sure that those standards are maintained day in and day out. My relationship with him has given me many tools that I will certainly need for this opportunity."
Krug has gained valuable experience behind the bench since his days at Adrian College. He served as the assistant coach/associate head coach of the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League from 2012-14. Krug coached the Ice squad that captured the 2013-14 Clark Cup Championship awarded to the Tier I Junior "A" national champions. The Ice also won the 2013-14 Eastern Conference regular season title. Under Krug's guidance, the Ice had over 30 players earn a NCAA Division I scholarship playing opportunity and four of the players were drafted by the National Hockey League.
"I could not be more happy and proud that Adam is the new head coach for the hockey program," said Fogarty. "He was a remarkable captain when he played here and will no doubt be a great leader for the student-athletes at Adrian College. I wish Adam, his wife Lindsay and their son, Carter, nothing but the best."
Krug joined the Indiana Ice coaching staff after a four-year professional hockey career across the United States and in Europe. He started his professional career with the East Coast Hockey League's Cincinnati Cyclones, a minor league affiliate of the Nashville Predators, before heading across the pond for a one-year stint with the Nijmegen Devils (Netherlands). While on the Devils' roster, Krug led the team in points (68) and assists (43).
After returning from Europe, Krug spent time with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, a minor league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.
"Our men's hockey program has been phenomenal over the past seven seasons and now the reins will be handed over to a very capable coach in Adam Krug," commented Duffy. "No one knows what has been built over the years more than Adam and this new role for him seems like a natural fit. The experiences that Adam has gained recently give him knowledge to continue our tradition of playing winning hockey."