Entering his 11th season on the Michigan State coaching staff is former Spartan defenseman David McAuliffe.
McAuliffe joined the MSU staff after serving as a graduate assistant for two years at Western Michigan under Bronco head coach Bill Wilkinson. During McAuliffe’s tenure, WMU compiled a two-year overall mark of 38-31-9 and a record of 30-26-8 in the CCHA. The Broncos captured fourth-place finishes each year and advanced to Joe Louis Arena for the CCHA semifinals in 1990-91.
McAuliffe is very active with USA Hockey. He coached Team Michigan at the USA Hockey Select 16 Festival in 2002 and also coached Team Michigan at the USA Hockey Select 17 Festival in St. Cloud, Minn., in 1998, leading the team to the bronze medal. In 1997, he coached Team Michigan at the USA Hockey Select 16 Festival, also capturing the bronze. The previous year he coached many of the same players at the USA Hockey Select 15 Festival.
A native of East Lansing, McAuliffe earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations from MSU (1990) and a master’s in sports administration from WMU (1992).
A defenseman in college, McAuliffe’s Spartan career ranged from 1986-90 as he helped MSU compile a 132-42-9 (.746) record including two CCHA regular-season titles and three CCHA playoff championships. McAuliffe won the Blue Line Club President’s Award as the top scholar-athlete on the team following his senior year.
Born Nov. 4, 1965, McAuliffe, his wife, Gwenn, and son, Michael, live in Okemos.
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