Byron Pool enters his third season with Northern Michigan Hockey.
Pool has helped the Wildcats reach back-to-back 20-win season for the first time in over a decade while the team has reached the WCHA Semifinals both seasons. The Wildcats have also achieved two All-Americans, four WCHA position of the year honors and one WCHA Player of the Year Award.
Pool spent seven seasons with the Fargo Force (USHL). He was elevated to associate head coach from assistant coach ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.
"Byron Pool has had sustained success in both the USHL and NAHL and won a championship as a head coach," said head coach Grant Potulny. "He has shown the ability to recruit and develop players to their full potential, helping many reach their goal of playing in the National Hockey League. His ability to connect with players is outstanding, and he will greatly enhance our team's performance on the ice and the experience our student-athletes have at Northern Michigan as a whole."
During his time in Fargo, the Force qualified for the Clark Cup playoffs four times. In 2012-13, Fargo was named the USHL's Organization of the Year and reached the Clark Cup finals.
Pool worked alongside three head coaches: Jason Herter (2010 to 2011), John Marks (2011 to 2015) and Cary Eades (2015 to present).
Before joining the Force staff, Pool was the head coach of the Bismarck Bobcats (NAHL) from 2008 to 2010. He led the Bobcats to the 2010 Robertson Cup and the 2009 Central Division title.
Pool spent his collegiate career at Colgate, skating in 76 games as a defenseman from 1996 to 2000. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in history, he went on to play four seasons of professional hockey, primarily for the Corpus Christi IceRays (WPHL/CHL) and Indianapolis Ice (CHL).