Sandelin completes UMD coaching staff, hires USHL veteran Chupp as new assistant
Cody Chupp was interviewed by Scott Sandelin the last time there was a vacancy on the Bulldogs coaching staff, but instead UMD brought back Derek Plante.
Minnesota Duluth’s Scott Sandelin has hired former a former Bulldog to fill out his coaching staff, however, this one comes from Ferris State.
Cody Chupp will join Sandelin and newly promoted associate head coach Adam Krause as an assistant coach for the 2022-23 season. Chupp has spent the past eight seasons as a junior coach in the United States Hockey League, including the last two season as associate head coach of the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
Sandelin said coaches who have been in the USHL — a major feeder system for NCAA Division I programs like UMD — as long as Chupp possess a vast knowledge of players and what it takes from a development side to be ready for the next step.
“He knows (the USHL) and what it takes to be a college hockey player. He knows a lot about the schools. When you’re in that league, you learn a lot about different schools,” Sandelin said. “There’s just a lot of things I liked. He’s worked with power plays, the defensemen — even though he was a forward. He’s wore a lot of different hats.”
Prior to working for Muskegon, Chupp was head coach and GM of the Lincoln Stars (2017-20) — where he coached current UMD sophomore center Dominic James — and an assistant coach with the Green Bay Gamblers (2014-17). He does have one season of NCAA coaching experience as an assistant coach with Division III Utica in 2013-14.
A native of Big Rapids, Michigan, Chupp played four seasons for his hometown Ferris State Bulldogs from 2006-2010 and wore a letter as a sophomore, junior and senior playing for longtime coach Bob Daniels. That letter was a ‘C’ during his junior and senior season — just as Krause did at UMD from 2013-15.
A centerman who was nominated for the Hockey Humanitarian Award in 2009, Chupp played three seasons of professional hockey with the Texas Stars and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League and Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.
Chupp steps onto Sandelin’s staff in place of former associate head coach Derek Plante, who left at the end of July to become an assistant coach in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks . Sandelin said he interviewed Chupp in 2020 for the vacancy that was then filled by Plante.
“He’s a good, bright, young coach,” Sandelin said. “I like his values and I like the things he is going to bring. He’s going to be a great fit here.”
Krause, the Hermantown native, will be entering his fifth season on Sandelin’s staff in 2022-23 and will do so now with the title of associate head coach.
Plante held the title of associate head coach the previous two seasons, and Jason Herter — now at Western Michigan — was bestowed the title from 2018-20.
Krause played four seasons for the Bulldogs from 2011-15, serving as captain during his junior and senior year. He was nominated for the Hockey Humanitarian Award and Senior CLASS Award as a senior in 2014-15.
UMD enters 2022-23 having made seven consecutive NCAA tournaments, reaching the NCAA regional final all seven times. Krause’s 2014-15 Bulldogs started the current streak, and the former captain was a first-year assistant coach in 2018-19 when UMD won its second consecutive NCAA title, and third overall.
In four seasons with Krause on staff, UMD is 88-48-10 (.637) with two NCHC Frozen Faceoff titles (2019, 2022), three NCAA tournament appearances, two Frozen Fours (2019, 2021) and an NCAA title (2019).
“He’s been on an unbelievable trajectory, which I’m not shocked by, because that’s the kind of person he is,” Sandelin said of Krause. “He’s done a great job. He’s still learning, but I think he’s very deserving of that (title) based on his work here over his time here. He’s an extremely hard worker, very detailed. It was an easy decision for me based on where he’s at and what he’s done.”
UMD hires new strength coach
The Bulldogs men’s and women’s hockey teams brought on a new strength and conditioning coach in the offseason, replacing Jason Aldrich with Jeremy Golden.
Golden spent the previous three seasons at Virginia working primarily with the women’s basketball team. He previously worked with the men’s and women’s hockey programs at Providence, as well as at New Mexico, Santa Clara and Cornell.
"We are very excited to have Jeremy working with our men's and women's hockey teams," said Dr. Susan Hoppe, who was promoted in the offseason to assistant athletic director for sports medicine and performance. "We are looking forward to him applying his wealth of knowledge and experience in working with elite collegiate student-athletes."