Dean Stork, a coaching veteran with nearly 400 professional victories, joined Miami University hockey’s coaching staff as a volunteer assistant prior to the 2017-18 season.
Stork spent the previous two years building the hockey program from scratch at the University of Jamestown. After tirelessly building up the program’s initial roster from scratch during the 2015-16 calendar year, he helped the team achieve a No. 7 national ranking during its inaugural 2016-17 season, one in which it went 24-13-3 overall.
Prior to entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Stork spent 10 seasons coaching in the East Coast Hockey League, serving as the Greenville Road Warriors’ head coach (2010-15) and spending stints as an assistant coach for both the Stockton Thunder (2005-06) and the Cincinnati Cyclones (2006-10). Stork guided the Road Warriors to a 201-131-28 record with four Kelly Cup Playoff appearances in five seasons. That included an Eastern Conference Finals berth during the 2013-14 campaign. He also finished runner-up in the voting for the John Brophy ECHL Coach of the Year following the 2010-11 campaign.
As an assistant with the Cyclones, Stork helped the team make four-straight playoff appearances and win a pair of Kelly Cup titles (2008 and 2010) while posting a collective 177-92-19 record. He transitioned to the bench while playing with the Stockton Thunder during the 2005-06 season, serving eight games as an assistant coach while also skating in 64 games, the final of a 476 game professional career. Individually, a combined 15 players he coached debuted in the NHL with 97 more advancing to the AHL in that span.
A four-year standout for the University of Massachusetts, Stork signed an NHL contract with the Washington Capitals in 1999 and skated in four NHL training camps. He also served as a captain and alternate captain at various points of his professional career. Stork graduated from UMass with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management in May of 1999. A high achiever in the classroom as well, he made appearances on the Hockey East Honor Roll Team.
Stork resides in Mason, Ohio with his wife Jodie and daughters Lillian and Charlee.