Adam Nightingale (Cheboygan, Mich.), most recently the head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team, has accepted the head coach position at Michigan State University, USA Hockey announced today.
"Adam is a tremendous coach who had a significant impact at the NTDP in what were two very difficult years navigating through a global pandemic," said Scott Monaghan, assistant executive director of the National Team Development Program and USA Hockey Arena. "He will be a great fit at Michigan State and we wish him the very best in building the Spartan program."
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Nightingale goes to MSU after two seasons as a head coach at the National Team Development Program for the 2004 birth group. He recently made his IIHF head coaching debut at the 2022 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship in Germany, where Team USA captured a silver medal.
Nightingale has now supported seven U.S. teams on the international stage, which includes his head coaching duties this season and as a coach for the bronze medal-winning 2021 U.S. Men's World Championship Team. Previously, he was video coach for the U.S. Men's National Team three consecutive years (2017-19), including for the bronze medal-winning 2018 squad. He was also the video coach for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team.Nightingale's 2021-22 Under-18 squad played 15 games against Division I competition during the 2021-22 campaign, going 8-7 and recorded an additional four wins over Division III schools.
Prior to his time with the USNTDP, the Cheboygan, Michigan, native spent four seasons on NHL staffs. From 2017-20, he was a member of the Detroit Red Wings organization. As an assistant coach in 2019-20, he was responsible for player development, pre-scouting opponents and running the penalty kill. He worked as the video coach for his first two years in Detroit, a role he also held for the Buffalo Sabres in 2016-17.
Before joining the pro ranks, Nightingale served as head coach of the Shattuck-St. Mary's 14U (Bantam) Team in Faribault, Minnesota, for two seasons (2014-16), leading the team to a national championship in 2016 as well as two years (2008-10) as the head coach of the Shattuck midget AA squad.
Between his stints at Shattuck, Nightingale was the director of hockey operations at Michigan State, serving at his alma mater overseeing all team video as well as team travel.