Ferris State University
Drew Famulak will begin his 23rd year as a member of the Ferris State hockey program’s coaching staff for the 2015-16 season.
He was honored in 2012 with the prestigious Terry Flanagan Award by the American Hockey Coaches Association (ACHA) for his career body of work.
Famulak, who previously served as FSU’s top assistant coach, was promoted to associate head coach on August 21, 2003.
In 2011-12, Famualk helped lead the Bulldogs to the program’s second-ever league regular-season championship and a historic first-ever trip to the Frozen Four where FSU reached the national championship game. Ferris State placed fifth or higher four times in the last five seasons of CCHA league competition.
In 2013-14, he helped lead the Bulldogs to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Regular-Season Championship in FSU’s debut season along with an NCAA Elite Eight appearance.
Along with his coaching duties, Famulak serves as the Bulldog Hockey’s recruiting coordinator and through his tireless efforts, Ferris State has been able to land some of the program’s top recruiting classes in the last 14 years, including Hobey Baker Hat Trick Finalist and first-team All-American Chris Kunitz.
Famulak was also instrumental in helping FSU post one of its best seasons ever at 31-10-1 overall in the program’s history and securing its first-ever Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Regular-Season title in the 2002-03 season. As a result of the success, Famulak was part of a FSU coaching staff which was recognized as the American Hockey Coaches Association’s (AHCA) 2002-03 National Coaching Staff of the Year.
Success has accompanied Famulak on every hockey level, both as a student-athlete and coach. As a collegian, he played right wing for Lake Superior State’s 1988 NCAA Division I championship team and also for a pair of NCAA Division III champions at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His coaching experience in the CCHA includes a two-year stint (1990-92) at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he helped recruit the freshmen class for the RedHawks’ 1993 CCHA champions.
Famulak has an impressive background in fundraising, scouting and recruiting at the junior hockey level. In 1992-93, he served as head coach and general manager for the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). At Yorkton, he coached the Terriers to a second-place finish while five of his players earned NCAA Division I scholarships.
Famulak played his junior hockey for the SJHL’s Melville (Saskatchewan) Millionaires and totaled 69 points (31 goals and 38 assists) during the 1984-85 season. As a collegiate, he played right wing for Lake Superior State University’s 1988 NCAA Division I championship team and also for a pair of NCAA Division III champions at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He was inducted into the Lake Superior State Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the Lakers’ 1987-88 national championship team on Oct. 22, 2005.
He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration-management in 1990 from Wisconsin-Stevens Point and holds a master’s degree in sports organization from Miami University (1993).
Famulak, and his wife, Cheryl, are the parents of two children – Ian and Emma. The family resides in Grand Rapids, Mich. He’s a member of the American Hockey Coaches Association.