Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Saturday's win over Wisconsin.
Notes, quotes and analysis from MSU’s media day from Neil Koepke.
"For so many people, Spartan Hockey holds a place in their heart that is very special, including me," Luongo said upon returning to MSU. "It's an honor and a privilege to have an opportunity to have a direct impact on the Green and White as a member of the Spartan Hockey staff."
Prior to joining USA Hockey, Luongo spent four seasons at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Luongo served as an assistant under Cole from 2008-10, and then took over as head coach for two seasons, from 2010-12, when Cole departed for USA Hockey.
Luongo, a native of Fraser, got his first job in college hockey at Wayne State University, where he was an assistant coach under Bill Wilkinson for two seasons, from 2006-08.
Luongo's first job in coaching was with the Motor City Mechanics of the UHL (2005-06).
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Luongo enjoyed a 15-year professional career that included appearing in a combined 218 NHL games for the Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators. Along with spending time in the AHL and IHL, Luongo played his final seven seasons in Germany.
Luongo's career at Michigan State was highlighted by an NCAA title his freshman season (1986) and then two more Frozen Four appearances (1987, 1989). The Spartans also captured two CCHA regular-season titles (1986, 1989) and two CCHA Tournament championships (1987, 1989) as part of winning over 130 games during Luongo's four years in East Lansing.
During his MSU career, Luongo compiled 69 points in 157 games for the Spartans and served as an alternate captain during his junior season before being elected captain as a senior. He was a second-team All-CCHA selection as a senior and was voted the winner of MSU's Outstanding Defensive Player award in each of his final two seasons.
Luongo was a part of three U.S. Men's National Teams at the IIHF World Championship (1996, 1998, 2000), helping the USA earn the bronze medal in 1996. He also received USA Hockey's Bob Johnson Award, recognizing excellence in international hockey competition during the 1996 season.
Luongo earned his bachelor's degree in general business from MSU in 1990. His family includes his wife, Cheryl, and sons, Anthony and Christopher.