Sept. 7, 2017
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- University of Notre Dame head hockey coach Jeff Jackson has announced the addition of Zack Cisek as the program’s new volunteer assistant coach.
Cisek, a Canton, Michigan native, most recently spent the previous two seasons as a volunteer coach for the Redhawks of Miami University (2015-17). He also earned a Master of Science degree in kinesiology and health while at Miami.
Prior to Miami, Cisek was a goaltender for Michigan State from 2013-15. He was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection with the Spartans and was also named to the Dean’s List three times. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.
Cisek also spent time with the NAHL’s New Mexico Mustangs, Michigan Warriors and Traverse City North Stars. He played high school hockey at Detroit Catholic Central, where he served as team captain and was part of two state championship teams. He earned first-team All-State honors during his senior season (2009-10).
Cisek replaces Kevin Lind, who served as Notre Dame’s volunteer assistant coach in 2016-17. Lind, a former Irish defenseman and 2014 Notre Dame graduate, is now an assistant coach for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.
The Irish will open the 2017-18 season with a home exhibition contest versus the USNTDP (U18) at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1 and then will get into regular-season play the following weekend with a home series against Alabama Huntsville (Oct. 6-7). To purchase tickets, click here.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).