MARQUETTE - Pending formal board of education approval Monday, Mike L'Huillier has been named head coach of the Marquette Senior High School varsity hockey team.
MSHS athletics coordinator Jamie Tuma said Tuesday evening that L'Huillier was chosen over Jeff Cornock by a three-person committee last Wednesday she declined to identify.
"It was a hard decision, but a good problem to have," she said. "Both candidates had wonderful (hockey) experience."
It will be L'Huillier's second tour of duty as head coach of the team. He posted a 216-66-21 overall record in 11 seasons previously, taking the Redmen to state titles in 1995 and 2004.
"He knows the program and is passionate about Marquette athletics," Tuma said. "He also knows hockey.
"He has already been on the ball. He came in the next morning looking for the (season) schedule and met with Lakeview Arena personnel to work out a practice schedule."
L'Huillier has twice served as the MSHS assistant hockey coach, the first time for nine seasons under Gerry Sullivan and the last four under Joe Papin.
Papin decided to resign from the post this summer. He took over for L'Huillier beginning with the 2004-05 season after serving as the latter's assistant for several seasons.
Papin's Redmen went 12-10-3 overall last season, bringing his career head coaching record at MSHS to 155-35-14.
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