The Derek Lalonde influence on the Red Wings’ organization extends beyond the confines of the Detroit bench. The Toledo Walleye named Pat Mikesch as the team’s new head coach.
That means both of the Red Wings’ affiliate teams have coaches who used to serve as Lalonde’s assistant.
Mikesch was Lalonde’s assistant when Lalonde coached the Green Bay Gamblers from 2011-14. New Grand Rapids Griffins coach Dan Watson was Lalonde’s assistant when he coached the Toledo Walleye.
Lalonde and Mikesch won a USHL championship together.
“Pat is a diligent work, detailed and organized,” Lalonde said in a statement released by the team. “He will continue the recent success of the Walleye. Great hire by the organization.”
He is replacing Watson in Toledo. Watson spent 14 seasons in Toledo, including the last seven as head coach.
BREAKING: The Toledo Walleye have announced Pat Mikesch as the fourth head coach in franchise history.
Welcome to T-Town, Pat! 🤝
— Toledo Walleye (@ToledoWalleye) July 13, 2023
Prior to joining Green Bay, Mikesch was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Michigan Tech University, from 2004-11.
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