Bill Muckalt, a five-year veteran of the NHL, begins his fourth season as assistant coach at Michigan Tech in 2014-15.
Muckalt works with the forwards and was instrumental in
the Huskies improving their offensive output from 1.97 goals per
game in 2010-11 to 2.83 in 2011-12, 2.89 in 2012-13 and 2.48 in
2013-14. Tech had a nation-leading nine players who scored at least
eight goals in 2011-12, nine with at least six goals in 2012-13 and
10 with at least five in 2013-14.
Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, Muckalt spent the 2010-11 season as the head coach of the New Mexico Mustangs, an expansion franchise in the North American Hockey League. He started the team from scratch, developing all aspects of the operation including coaching, recruiting and scouting. The Mustangs, which were made up of 21 rookies, compiled a 19-35-4 record with 15 wins in their last 27 games.
Before his stint in New Mexico, Muckalt served as head coach of the Valencia (California) Flyers of the Western States Hockey League, where his squad went 20-16-3. He also worked as head instructor of Summer Hockey School at Ice Station Valencia.
Muckalt gained coaching experience with Eastern Michigan University's club hockey team as assistant coach in 2006-07 and head coach in 2007-08.
Current Michigan Tech head coach and former Michigan assistant Mel Pearson recruited Muckalt to play at Michigan starting in 1994-95, and the two won 130 games and two national championships over the next four years. The winger posted 105 career goals and 226 total points. He earned All-America First Team honors and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist while leading the Wolverines to the 1998 NCAA title.
The Surrey, B.C., native graduated from Michigan with a degree in sports management and communications in 1998, then made the jump straight into the NHL where he played five seasons. His most productive season came as a rookie with the Vancouver Canucks, where he posted 16 goals and 20 assists in 73 games.