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Coaching Staff

Varsity Head Coach- Adam Krefski

Coach Krefski is entering his first season with the Lake Orion Dragons and his fourth season as a MHSAA high school coach.  Adam previously coached the Romeo Bulldogs, where in the first year they won the team’s first regional championship in 2014-15, and teams first ever MHSAA Division 2 state championship in 2015-16.  In 4 years at Romeo coach Krefski has helped 2 players earn NCAA scholarships, Nick Blankenburg, University of Michigan (2018-19) and Logan Jenuwine who won Mr. Hockey in 2015-16, Western Michigan University (2019-20).  Adams coach’s philosophy and strategy has been influenced by the coaches and players of the teams that he was a part of during his playing days, especially Coach John LaFontaine.  Coach Lafontaine coached for the Bozeman Icedogs and Wichita Falls Wildcats before coaching at Shattuck St. Mary’s Preparatory in Minnesota, and 2 years in the United States Hockey League for the Muskegon Lumberjack. 

Coach Krefski’s playing career saw him start out playing Junior “A” for the Bozeman Ice Dogs (NAHL) falling just short of winning a national championship, finishing runner up in 2005-2006.  He played 3 seasons in the North American League before attending Lindenwood University (St. Louis, Missouri) and playing 4 years for the Lindenwood Lions.  In his freshman year he played in 22 games tailing 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points, helping his team win the ACAH National Championship.  He was also awarded the nation’s most valuable player that year.  His sophomore year, they once again, won the AHCA division 1 National Championship, finishing with 46 games played, 35 goals, 34 assists for 69 points.  

Varsity Assistant Coach- Kevin Albers

Kevin played two season of professional hockey after splitting time between Europe pro clubs HK Trencin in Slovakia and HK Beograd in Serbia. Kevin spent his pro rookie year skating for the Atlanta Gladiators in the ECHL. Prior to turning pro, Kevin was a standout defensemen for Niagara University where he was named captain his junior and senior season. In juniors, Kevin spent 3 seasons in the USHL splitting time between the Green Bay Gamblers and Omaha Lancers.  Kevin was also selected to play for USA Junior A challenge in Prince Edward Island where he and team USA won the gold medal. Kevin was coached by now Tampa Bay Lightening coach Jon Cooper in Green Bay and accomplished two Anderson cups along with a Clark Cup at the USHL level.

Varsity Assistant Coach- Ian Smith

Coach Smith spent the past season as an Assistant Coach for the OAA Red Champion Lake Orion Dragons.  From 2011-2017 he was the Head Varsity Coach at Stoney Creek High School where his teams won an OAA Red Championship, Regional Championships in 2011 & 2012 and participated in the state quarterfinals, losing to Grosse Pointe South and Port Huron Northern.  Before that he was the Head JV coach at Stoney Creek from 2006-2010 as well as a Varsity Assistant Coach for Rochester United from 2004-2006. 

Coach Smith played 4 years of Club Hockey at Arizona State University where he was the leading scorer in the program’s history.  He was elected into their Hall of Fame in 2012.  Arizona State has since become an NCAA Division 1 program.  He represented his country as part of Team USA at the 2003 World University Games in Italy and Austria.  Prior to college he played two seasons of Tier 2 Junior A hockey for Compuware in the NAHL.  In 1999 his team won the Junior A National Championship.  He grew up playing AAA hockey for Little Caesars and Compuware.  Coach Smith lives in Oakland Township with his wife Robbie                                                              and sons Ricky and Cullen. 

 

Junior Varsity Head Coach- Jon Sloane

Coach Sloane is entering his sixth season as the head coach of the Lake Orion Junior Varsity Hockey team. He Played Travel A hockey at DSC where he won a state championship in 2000 and was a finalist in 2001. He also played Club Hockey at Michigan Tech University from 2002-2005.  He was an assistant coach at Romeo High School from 2009-2013. He left this position to become the Head coach of the Lake Orion Junior Varsity team.  Coach Sloane has a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech University and a Master's Degree in Management from Oakland University. 

Coaching Philosophy: "The lifeblood of my coaching philosophy is based on long term development of athletes in their technique, tactics, mental approach and satisfaction in learning new skills and enhancing existing skills. I aim to teach athletes the skills necessary to compete on and off the ice and to provide awareness of how to apply it in competitive situations."