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Coaching Staff

Head Coach- Nick Field

Nick Field

Nick Field

Coach Field is entering his eighth season with Lake Orion hockey, and seventh as Head Coach of the Varsity team. Nick's coaching philosophy and strategy has been influenced by the coaches and players of the teams that he was a part of during his playing days. Coach Field's playing career saw him start out playing Junior "A" for the Cleveland Barons (NAHL) and then with the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) before earning a NCAA Division I hockey scholarship to Ferris State University. Some of the coaches and former teammates that Nick played for and with over the years that helped influence his knowledge of the game include: Bob Daniels (Head Coach Ferris State), Drew Famulak (Associate Head Coach, Ferris State), Scott Owens (Head Coach Sioux Falls Stampede, USHL), Jeff Blashill (Head Coach Detroit Red Wings), Derek Lalonde (Head Coach Iowa Wild, AHL), and Phil Osaer (USA Hockey National Goaltending Manager). At Ferris State University Coach Field was a member of the 2003 CCHA Championship team and also won the USHL Regular Season and Playoff Championships while in Des Moines.

In his six Varsity seasons with Lake Orion, Coach Field has an overall record of 84-62-17. He has helped lead the Dragons to a MHSAA Regional title, two OAA Regular season titles, an OAA Playoff Championship along with an appearance in the MHSAA State Quarter Finals. Under Coach Field's guidance the Dragons have had 17 MHSAA All State player selections and a total of 41 MHSAA All State Academic athletes.

Coach Field is a graduate of Ferris State University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Marketing.

Assistant Coach- Aaron Hundt


Aaron Hundt

Coach Hundt is entering his eighth season at Lake Orion and his seventh with the Varsity team. Aaron works primarily with the defense and is also very involved with penalty kill instruction and philosophy. Aaron was honored with the 2016-17 MHSAA Division 1 Assistant Coach Of The Year award.

Prior to coaching Aaron had a successful career as a player starting off in the North American Hockey League where he played Junior "A" hockey for the Springfield Jr. Blues. Aaron then went on to play at Michigan State University for two seasons before transferring to play at Wayne State University. Coach Hundt's game knowlege was heavily influenced by Ron Mason (Head Coach Michigan State) and Bill Wilkinson (Head Coach Wayne State).While at Michigan State Coach Hundt was part of the 2001 CCHA championship team and 2001 Frozen Four team. Aaron was also a member of the 2003 CHA championship team while at Wayne State.

Coach Hundt is a graduate of Wayne State University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.

Assistant Coach- Ryan Connolly


Ryan Connolly

Coach Connolly enters his fourth season at Lake Orion and third with the Varsity Team. Ryan works primarily with the forwards and also is heavily involved with power play strategy.

Prior to coaching at Lake Orion Ryan seasoned himself with great experience both as a player and as a coach. Ryan played Junior hockey for the Toledo Cherokee as well as the Toledo Ice Diggers in the NAHL. After his junior career Ryan played at Eastern Michigan University in the ACHA where he was team Captain both his junior and senior seasons. Ryan's coaching career started at Dexter High School where he started the Dexter prep program in which he ran for four seasons. He then transitioned to Eastern Michigan where he was an assistant coach working with the forwards and special teams for three seasons. Ryan also coached the Lake Orion JV team for one season prior to joining the Varsity staff.

Coach Connolly is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Marketing.

Volunteer Assistant Coach- Jesse Cameron

Coach Cameron enters his second year with Lake Orion. Jesse works primarily with the forwards and specializes in individual player development. 

Prior to joining the Lake Orion Varsity Hockey staff Jesse was a three year Varsity letter winner and an assistant captain of the MHSAA State Semi-Finalist team for Lake Orion in 2011. He then went on to play four seasons in the ACHA for Western Michigan University, where he helped lead the team to the national tournament his senior year. His most notable accolades include: All Conference Defensive Team, Team Most Valuable Player and Sportsmanship Player of the Year. Before adopting coaching Jesse explored the SPHL with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. 

Coach Cameron is a graduate from Western Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sales and Marketing.

 

Player Development and Advancement Consultant- Gordie Brown

Gordie Brown

Gordie is the Head Scout and Director of Player Development for the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League in which he works directly with Aberdeen's coaching staff and front office in identifying Junior "A" caliber talent. Gordie has a long track record of coaching and player development success with his Midwest Junior Training Program (mwjtp.com) and the Michigan Elite High School Hockey program.

Gordie's primary focus with Lake Orion is working with current and future Dragon hockey players in the off season months to develop both their on ice skill level and off ice strength and conditioning. Gordie is a great resource for the Lake Orion coaching staff and players in helping them reach their maximum playing potential.