Pilots hire new hockey coach

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WARREN, Mich. (April 1, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate announced today the hiring of
Nick Badder as the fourth ice hockey coach in school history. Badder succeeds Sean
Clark who resigned after two seasons as Pilots coach.

“Coach Badder is one of the brightest young coaches in our state at any level,” stated
Mike Watson, De La Salle athletics director. “Nick will relate well to our players and
their families while the success he’s enjoyed offers immediate credibility.”

Prior to joining the Pilots’ coaching staff, Badder was the head coach of the Oakland
Junior Grizzlies 2004 Bantam AA program based out of Rochester. In his only year with
the Junior Grizzlies, they captured the 2019 District 3 championship. He also filled an
assistant coach role for Victory Honda’s Tier 1 U-18 team in 2017-18.

Badder, 29, served as the head hockey coach at Romeo High School from 2014-18,
leading the Bulldogs to three MHSAA regional titles (2015, ’16, ’17) and the 2016 Division 2 state championship. The title marked the school’s first-ever hockey crown and the first hockey championship for a Macomb County school since Fraser won the Class A tournament in 1983.

Nick Badder, who coached Romeo to the 2016 Division 2 state championship, is the new coach the De La Salle Pilots.

Nick Badder, who coached Romeo to the 2016 Division 2 state championship, is the new coach the De La Salle Pilots. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Knapik/MiHockey)

In his time with Romeo, Badder accumulated a 75-34-3 (.683) record in four seasons at
the helm. At 26 years old, Badder became the youngest head coach in state history to win an ice hockey state title. He was also named the Macomb Area Conference Hockey Coach of the Year in 2016. Over his career, Badder has developed players for the USHL, AJHL, USPHL and also NCAA Division 1 programs, including the University of Michigan and Arizona State University.

While Badder has earned tremendous success as a coach so early in his career, he was also an accomplished player. Badder skated for the Belle Tire Midget 89s and was a standout player on the Central Michigan University ACHA team. The 6-foot-1 forward
played 110 games for the Chippewas, scoring 83 goals with 73 assists and 156 points.
Badder earned his undergraduate degree at CMU in Sports Management with a minor in Athletic Coaching in 2012.

“I’m honored to lead this program,” Badder said. “The De La Salle brand is synonymous
with success and our goal will be to compete for league and state titles while
representing the school with honor.”

The Troy native now resides in Berkley with his wife Liz. He is a surgical sales
representative employed by Smith & Nephew.

Coach Badder will be formally introduction to the De La Salle community in the school commons on Friday, April 5 at 5:30 PM. All students, parents and alumni are
invited. The Pilots hockey team tryouts for all levels will begin on November 4.



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