New Lake Superior State head coach Damon Whitten has hired the first of two assistants to his staff, and it's a familiar name to many Laker fans. Rich Metro was named an assistant coach at Lake Superior today.
Metro played college hockey at Northern Michigan from 1995-1999. Following a pro career spent mostly with Villard-de-Lans in France, Metro began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Lake Superior for three seasons under former head coach Jim Roque. From there, Metro headed back to France where he served as head coach of Villard-de-Lans--coaching many notable former NCAA hockey players--for the past seasons before the team succumbed to financial pressures this past year.
Metro's duties with the Lakers will include recruiting, which the school noted as a strongpoint during his first stint coaching the Lakers, and handling offensive responsibilities. Metro was quoted in the Lake Superior press release as saying, ""I’m really thrilled to come back to Sault Ste. Marie and Laker Hockey. This is another adventure and an opportunity to build something great. It’s definitely going to be a young and energetic staff.""