POTSDAM, N.Y.--Clarkson University men's hockey head coach Casey Jones has announced that Adrian College graduate Mike Towns '11 will join the Golden Knights staff as an assistant coach, effective for the 2019-20 season. Towns will begin his duties at Clarkson in July.
Towns comes to Clarkson after serving five years on the staff at American International College, including the past season as the Yellow Jackets associate head coach. Since coming to AIC in August 2014, Towns helped guide the Yellow Jackets to the most successful seasons in the program's history, specifically reaching the 2019 NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
"I am very excited about Mike and Dianna joining the Clarkson Hockey family," states Jones. "Mike's body of work and reputation aligns him perfectly with how we want to conduct our business. Ultimately every successful program starts with the people you have and the relationships you build. Our athletes will benefit greatly from Mike's addition to our staff."
Serving as AIC's recruiting coordinator since 2016-17, Towns was instrumental in recruiting efforts that helped rebuild the Yellow Jackets program. Towns helped recruit head coach Eric Lang's first recruiting class for the 2016-17 season, which was regarded as one of the best in the conference. The 2017-18 season saw more impressive recruiting efforts as the team set program records for wins in a season (15) and was able to host and win its first Atlantic Hockey Championship Tournament series. The Yellow Jackets continued improving and enjoyed unprecedented success in 2018-19, re-establishing a record for victories (23) and winning both the Atlantic Hockey regular season and playoff championships. AIC excelled at the NCAA tournament as well, upsetting No. 1 St. Cloud State to advance to the West Regional Championship. Junior forward Blake Christensen became AIC's first All-America selection in the Division I-era of the program and earned first-team all-conference honors, scoring 16 goals and adding 31 assists for 47 points in 41 games played.
Towns was responsible for many facets of AIC's hockey program. His primary responsibilities included coaching the team's forwards, including bench management and skill development. He was also responsible for video and statistical breakdown and coaching the power play.
"My wife, Dianna, and I couldn't be more excited to join the Clarkson University hockey program and Clarkson community," states Towns. "I was very impressed with the campus and facilities when I came up here, but was even more impressed with the incredible people I got to meet with. It will be a pleasure working with Coach Jones and Coach (Josh) Hauge. I can't wait to get started."
As a player, Towns spent four seasons in the British Columbia Hockey League playing with the Penticton Vees before attending Adrian College. At Adrian, Towns was an alternate captain his first two seasons, and the team's captain in his junior and senior years. He garnered All-Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Academic accolades three times, while posting 24 goals, 36 assists and 60 total points in 103 career games for the Black and Gold. During his senior season, Towns captained the Bulldogs to the 2011 NCAA Division III Frozen Four, eventually losing in the national championship game. Following his successful collegiate career, Towns embarked on a three-year professional career while making stops with the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League, the Idaho Steelheads and Ontario Reign both in the ECHL.
Towns graduated from Adrian with a bachelor's of business administration in management, and completed his master's of business administration at AIC in May 2016.
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(Editor's note: Portions of this news release from Clarkson University Athletics and ECAC Hockey office.)