Mike Eaves
Mike Eaves

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
12th year at UW

Career Record:
255-180-53 (.577)

After a playing career that ended with the most prolific scoring numbers in Wisconsin hockey history and an NCAA title, Mike Eaves returned to his alma mater for the 2002-03 season as the fifth coach in the modern era of Badger hockey. Now through 12 years behind the bench, Eaves has added to his legacy, bringing the program's sixth NCAA title to Madison in 2006. His team came within one game of a second NCAA title in 2010.

Firmly entrenched as one of the most respected coaches in college hockey, Eaves claimed his 200th career coaching win January 6, 2012 with a victory over RIT at the Kohl Center.

In 2013, Eaves righted a team that began 1-7-3 and molded them into the 2013 WCHA Final Five champions to capture the program's first Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA tournament champion since 1998. The team went 21-6-4 over the final four months.

One year later, Eaves and the Badgers won a second consecutive playoff title, this time capturing the inaugural Big Ten tournament. The tourney win gave Wisconsin its first back-to-back conference playoff titles since the 1982 and 1983 WCHA tournaments. UW also had its sixth Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist in six seasons during the 2013-14 campaign.

Mike Eaves holds the 2006 NCAA championship trophy
Eaves' Resume
2002-current -- Head Coach, University of Wisconsin
2006 -- Head Coach, U.S. National Team
2004 -- Head Coach, U.S. National Junior Team
2000-02 -- Head Coach, U.S. National Team Development Program
1997-2000 -- Assistant Coach, Pittsburgh (NHL)
1996-97 -- Head Coach, Helsinki (Finnish Elite League)
1994-96 -- Head Coach, Shattuck St. Mary's High School
1991-93 -- Head Coach, Hershey (AHL)
1991 -- Assistant Coach, U.S. National Team
1988-90, 1993-94 - Assistant Coach, Philadelphia (NHL)
1987-88 -- Assistant Coach, St. Cloud State
1986-87 -- Head Coach, UW-Eau Claire
1985-86 -- Assistant Coach, Calgary (NHL)
1978-86 -- Player, Minnesota & Calgary (NHL)
1974-78 -- Player, University of Wisconsin
Players in the NHL
Rene Bourque - Chicago/Calgary/Monteal
Adam Burish - Chicago/Dallas/San Jose
Jake Dowell - Chicago/Dallas/Minnesota
Davis Drewiske - Los Angeles/Montreal
Robbie Earl - Toronto/Minnesota
Brian Elliott - Ottawa/Colorado/St. Louis
Blake Geoffrion - Nashville/Montreal
Jake Gardiner - Toronto
Tom Gilbert - Edmonton/Minnesota/Florida
Cody Goloubef - Columbus
Andrew Joudrey - Columbus
Jamie McBain - Carolina/Buffalo
Jake McCabe - Buffalo
Ryan McDonagh - New York Rangers
Joe Pavelski - San Jose
Joe Piskula - Los Angeles/Calgary/Nashville
Justin Schultz - Edmonton
Jack Skille - Chicago/Florida/Columbus
Craig Smith - Nashville
Brendan Smith - Detroit
Derek Stepan - New York Rangers
Ben Street - Calgary
Ryan Suter - Nashville/Minnesota
Kyle Turris - Phoenix/Ottawa
Brad Winchester - Edmonton/Dallas/St. Louis/San Jose
Andy Wozniewski - Toronto/St. Louis/Boston
Individual Awards
• 1 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Winner
• 7 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Finalists
• 12 All-Americans
• 26 All-Conference
• 6 Conference All-Rooke Team
• 2 Conference Tournament MVP
• 11 Conference Tournament Honors
Academic Awards
• 63 Academic All-Conference Honors

Other highlights of the Eaves' era include his leading the Badgers to their to their fifth top-three WCHA finish in seven years during the 2009-10 season. The second-place finish was just a warm-up, as the Badger reached the 2010 NCAA championship game at Ford Field in Detroit after advancing through the NCAA West Regional. Along the way, a Wisconsin player took home the program's first Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Blake Geoffrion), while two players were named All-Americans and six earned all-league accolades. The Badgers also played in front of 55,031 in a 3-2 victory over Michigan outdoors in the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic, then another 34,954 and 37,592 fans at the Frozen Four.

In 2006-07, Eaves reached his first coaching milestone, notching his 100th victory behind the Badger bench with a victory over Alaska Anchorage at the Kohl Center on Feb. 9. He also oversaw the program's 1000th victory of Wisconsin Hockey's modern era (since 1963) with a win over Minnesota.

Eaves' tenure thus far is highlighted by the 2005-06 dream season. Finishing with a 30-10-3 mark, the squad defeated Boston College, 2-1, at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee for the storied program's first title in 16 years. Along the way, Wisconsin swept Michigan State and Michigan at the College Hockey Showcase, played in front of nearly 41,000 fans outside at Lambeau Field, reached the NCAA Frozen Four after a 1-0 triple overtime win over Cornell at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and set numerous school records. Individual honors were plenty, as well, with a Hobey Baker finalist and three All-Americans.

Eaves and the Badgers reached their high-water mark after a four-year process. In just his second season behind the bench, Eaves led his charges to one of the largest improvements in college hockey and to within one goal of an NCAA Frozen Four appearance. Included in the run was a national-best 15-game unbeaten streak, a third-place finish in the WCHA standings and national rankings as high as No. 3.

The Badgers continued their improvement in 2004-05 by qualifying for their first WCHA Final Five under Eaves, spending a league-best 10 weeks in first place in the WCHA standings and leading the conference in defense and penalty killing, while upping their goal average by a half goal per game.

Eaves returned to the UW after spending two seasons as the head coach of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (NTDP). A program designed to accelerate the development of elite under-20 American hockey players, Eaves led the group to a gold medal at the 2002 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Piestany, Slovakia, the first-ever gold medal for the United States at the event. Eaves and his team clinched the gold with a 3-1 victory over Russia to end the tourney with a 7-1-0 record. Excluding the Olympics, it was the first gold medal won by a U.S. national team at an IIHF World Championship since 1933.

Eaves' encore performance came when he directed the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2004 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship to the country's first world junior gold medal.

Eaves' coaching days began in 1985 with the Calgary Flames (assistant) and since then he has held assistant coaching positions with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, and head coaching posts with the Helsinki Finnish Elite League, Shattuck (Minn.) St. Mary's High School and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL). He also spent one season at St. Cloud State (assistant coach) and one season at UW-Eau Claire (head coach).

Eaves has represented the U.S. in international competition both as a player and coach. He skated as a forward for Team USA at both the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cup tournaments and was a member of the 1976 and 1978 U.S. National Teams at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships. As a coach, Eaves served as an assistant under Bob Johnson for Team USA at the 1991 Canada Cup, was an assistant coach for the 1991 U.S. National Team at the IIHF World Championship in Finland and directed the 2006 U.S. National Team at the IIHF World Championship in Latvia.

Eaves was recruited to play at Wisconsin by the legendary "Badger Bob" Johnson. He became both a standout student-athlete and one of the greatest players in Badger hockey history (1974-78). A first-team All-American as a junior and senior, Eaves is the UW's career scoring leader with 267 points (94-173) in 160 games. He helped lead the Badgers to the 1977 NCAA title by scoring 28 goals and 53 assists for 81 points during that championship season. He assisted on three goals in the championship game, including the game winner just 23 seconds into overtime, a 6-5 win over Michigan.

Hockey and coaching were two things Eaves grew up around. His father, Cecil, won an NCAA title at the University of Denver (1956-57) and is also credited with helping to start the hockey program at Ohio State. Cecil was the head coach at the University of Windsor (Ontario) and is a past director of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA). His brother Murray lettered two years at Michigan (1978-80) before playing for the Winnipeg Jets (1980-86) and the Detroit Red Wings (1987-88). He currently is the head coach at Shattuck St. Mary's High School.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Mike and his wife, Beth, are the parents of two sons -- Ben and Patrick. Ben captained the Boston College hockey team in 2003-04, while Patrick spent three years with the Eagles before joining the NHL's Ottawa Senators. He now has skated for four teams in nine NHL seasons.

Ben became the third member of the Eaves family to win a national title when Boston College won the 2001 NCAA Championship.

Eaves graduated with honors from Wisconsin in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in physical education.

Mike Eaves Career Coaching Record
Year University GP Record Pct. Conference Record Finish Postseason
2002-03 Wisconsin 40 13-23-4 .375 WCHA 7-17-4 8th WCHA First Round
2003-04 Wisconsin 43 22-13-8 .605 WCHA 14-7-7 3rd NCAA Regional Final
2004-05 Wisconsin 41 23-14-4 .610 WCHA 16-9-3 T3rd NCAA Regional
2005-06 Wisconsin 43 30-10-3 .733 WCHA 17-8-3 T2nd NCAA Champion
2006-07 Wisconsin 41 19-18-4 .512 WCHA 12-13-3 T6th WCHA Third Place
2007-08 Wisconsin 40 16-17-7 .488 WCHA 11-12-5 6th NCAA Regional Final
2008-09 Wisconsin 40 20-16-4 .550 WCHA 14-11-3 T3rd WCHA Third Place
2009-10 Wisconsin 43 28-11-4 .698 WCHA 17-8-3 2nd NCAA Runner-Up
2010-11 Wisconsin 41 21-16-4 .561 WCHA 12-13-3 7th WCHA First Round
2011-12 Wisconsin 37 17-18-2 .486 WCHA 11-15-2 10th WCHA First Round
2012-13 Wisconsin 42 22-13-7 .607 WCHA 13-8-7 T4th WCHA Champion/NCAA Regional
2013-14 Wisconsin 37 24-11-2 .676 Big Ten 13-6-1 2nd Big Ten Champion/NCAA Regional
12 seasons
488 255-180-53 .577 157-127-44 .546

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