The Green Bay Gamblers have promoted assistant coach Pat Mikesch to head coach following the departure of Derek Lalonde to the Toledo Walleye of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
Mikesch played in the USHL with the Des Moines Buccaneers before heading off to Houghton where he had a standout career at Michigan Tech. The upper peninsula native racked up 169 career points in a MTU uniform before a minor league career that took him through the United States and Europe.
Mikesch began his coaching career at his alma mater as an assistant to Jamie Russell in 2004. He stayed at MTU until 2011 when he left to be Lalonde's assistant in Green Bay.
Lalonde left Green Bay after three seasons, including a Clark Cup Championship year in 2011-12 where he was named the USHL Coach of the Year. A SUNY-Cortland alum, Lalonde was a former assistant coach at Ferris State and Denver.
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