Michigan State New Hockey Coach Tom Anastos ANNOUNCES Exceptional COACHING STAFF

Jamie Baldwin



EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State hockey coach Tom Anastos has announced that he has added former Spartan players Kelly Miller and Mike Gilmore to the Spartan coaching staff, along with retaining Tom Newton as an assistant coach and Adam Nightingale as the team’s video coordinator. This completes Anastos’ staff, in time for this week’s American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) annual meetings in Naples, Fla.



“I’m excited to have our staff in place so that we can really begin to move forward with all aspects of the program,” Anastos said. “I believe that we have built a coaching staff that will identify and bring to Michigan State quality student-athletes, develop them into NHL-caliber talent, and prepare them for life after hockey. These four coaches have a passion for the game and also a passion for Spartan hockey. I’m looking forward to working with them as we prepare to develop and enhance the existing relationships with our student-athletes, alumni and Michigan State community.” 


Miller will serve as a full-time assistant coach along with Newton, who will be entering his 22nd year on the Spartan bench.  Miller is one of the program’s all-time greats, who not only is one of the all-time leading scorers in program history, but also spent 18 years in professional hockey both as a player and a coach. As a player, he was considered one of the top defensive forwards in the league playing more than 1,000 games during his 15-year playing career with the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, and was a Stanley Cup Finalist with the Caps in 1998. As a coach, he served as an assistant for the Grand Rapids Griffins, Anaheim Ducks, and as Peter Laviolette’s top assistant for two years with the New York Islanders.


“Kelly is a strong leader whose background and experience represents so many aspects of what we want for our program,” Anastos said. “He had a very successful playing career both at Michigan State and in the NHL. More importantly, he knows what it takes to develop into an NHL player, both as a former player himself as well as through his NHL coaching experience. He shares in my vision for Spartan Hockey; is passionate about Michigan State and will be a tremendous addition to our staff.” 


“After working with Kelly for two years in the National Hockey League, I know the importance of his impact as he helped return the New York Islanders to the success to which they are accustomed,” said Laviolette, currently the coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.  “Along with being a great leader, he is organized, smart and motivated. I know Kelly’s passion is hockey. He is a gifted hockey mind with a desire to return to the coaching ranks. Michigan State University now has a chance to share in that gift.”


Off the ice, Miller earned his M.B.A. during his professional career from Michigan State University (1995), and has been highly successful in the commercial real estate and banking industries, earning a graduate degree in banking from the prestigious Stonier School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania. The Miller family name is perhaps the most well-known in the Spartan hockey program, as 10 members of the family – including Kelly, his brothers Kevin and Kip and their father, Lyle – all wore the Green & White. 


“This opportunity to be a member of the Spartan Hockey coaching staff with four such high-quality people is a dream come true for me,” said Miller. “I look forward to bringing my work ethic, knowledge and passion for the game to the rink each day to help create an atmosphere of energy and excitement that will develop student-athletes for the NHL and for life after hockey. After growing up watching the Amo Bessone era and playing for Coach Mason, I understand the expectations of our alumni and the community for this hockey program and look forward to the challenges ahead.”


Tom Newton has been a fixture within Spartan Hockey for the last 21 years, and helped recruit some of the top talent in college hockey in addition to being a valuable educator and teacher with the current players and a constant liaison with former Spartan players from all eras of the program’s history. A member of the coaching staff for the 2007 NCAA Champions, Newton is both well-known and well-respected within the college hockey community. Newton served on the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Board of Governors as the assistant coach representative from 1998-2001 and was that organization’s Terry Flanagan Award winner in 2004 (honoring an assistant coach’s body of work). He not only works extensively with the program’s alumni, but runs the program’s annual Pro Camp each August which brings most of MSU’s current professional players back to East Lansing for a week of on-ice training.


“Tom has been a fixture on the MSU staff for more than 20 years and has a wealth of college hockey coaching and recruiting experience,” Anastos continued. “He has been an integral part of the recruitment and development of many of the very best student-athletes who have played in the program during his tenure. He is highly organized and has very strong administrative skills as well.”


“I’m really very excited to be a part of this staff. I know the other staff members so well that I can say that the quality of person, the passion for Michigan State, and the passion for our hockey program could not be higher,” commented Newton. “Michigan State has been my home for a majority of my coaching life, and continuing with this program is a great thrill.”


Mike Gilmore will join the staff as the team’s volunteer assistant coach and work with the team’s netminders. Gilmore was a Spartan letterwinner for four seasons (1989-92) and appeared in 64 career games, posting a 2.91 GAA and nearly 1,500 saves. He was a First-Team Academic All-American as a senior. This is not his first coaching experience with the Spartan program, as he served as the volunteer assistant from 1994-96 at the conclusion of his professional career and helped the team to two NCAA Tournament bids and a 53-25-4 overall mark. 


“Mike Gilmore is a highly respected former player who knows what it takes to compete at a very high level,” noted Anastos. “Mike’s primary responsibility will be to work with our goaltenders to ensure that they have the development, leadership and support necessary to be high performers.”


“MSU and Spartan hockey have given me so much in my life that I can’t begin to convey how honored I am to now have the opportunity to return and contribute where needed,” said Gilmore. “I’m excited to get to know the current players and pass on some of the things I learned while wearing the Green and White. I’m very excited to work with a staff of Spartans that I looked up to when I was a player, and now have a chance to work with as a peer.”


 Adam Nightingale will continue in his duties as the team’s video coordinator. Nightingale, who played for the Spartans from 2003-05, was an alternate captain for both of his seasons in Green and White. He joined the MSU staff a year ago, and oversees all the team’s video operations, which include in-game analysis, logging video, scouting video and reports, and working one-on-one with players. 


“Adam has quickly earned the respect of so many people surrounding the program, and it didn’t take me long to see his talent, intensity and passion for Spartan Hockey,” Anastos said. “Adam has a tremendous work ethic, a strong knowledge of the game and will be an important part of our staff.”



Kelly Miller
Assistant Coach
First Season  *  Michigan State ’85

Spartan All-American and 15-year professional Kelly Miller joins Tom Anastos’ staff for his first season in 2011. Miller, who is part of a family which has been synonymous with Spartan Hockey for decades, is in his first collegiate coaching position, but brings a background that will help Spartan players not only prepare to succeed in college hockey, but also into the future either in the professional ranks or in their chosen professions.   

Miller was a classmate of Tom Anastos all four seasons at Michigan State, earning four varsity letters (1981-85). The Lansing, Mich., native became the fourth member of his family (out of an eventual 10) to play hockey at Michigan State when he enrolled in the fall of 1981, and he made an immediate impact for the Spartans.


During his four-year Spartan career, MSU compiled a 121-43-3 mark and advanced to the NCAA tournament each season, including a fourth-place finish in 1984. The Spartans also captured four straight Great Lakes Invitational titles and CCHA Playoff championships. He closed his career playing in 165 games, posting 82 goals and 82 assists for 164 points. He still ranks tied for 25th on MSU's all-time scoring list and tied for seventh with nine career short-handed tallies. 

As a senior in 1984-85, he tallied 27 goals and 50 points in 43 games, as the Spartans rolled to 38-6 overall mark and a 27-5 first-place CCHA slate. He was a Hobey Baker Award finalist and earned All-America First-Team honors, in addition to being selected as the team MVP.


A champion in the classroom, MIller was a three-time CCHA All-Academic team honoree, earning first-team honors in 1984 and 1985. In addition, he earned Academic All-America first-team distinction in 1985. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from MSU. He was honored as the MSU hockey program’s Distinguished Spartan in 2003. 


A ninth-round draft choice of the New York Rangers in 1982, his National Hockey League career spanned more than 1,000 games over 15 seasons, including three years with the New York Rangers and 12 with the Washington Capitals. He developed into one of the top defensive players in the league, registering 181 goals and 463 points. A Selke Trophy finalist (best defensive forward) in 1989, he helped the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998, and served as an assistant captain for the franchise for more than a decade. He was also the vice president of the NHL Players Association from 1990-95.   

Miller started his coaching career in 1999-2000 when he served as a player/coach for the Grand Rapids Griffins, leading the squad to the Turner Cup Finals and moved on to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks as an assistant coach in 2000-01. He went on to work on the New York Islanders staff under current Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette from 2001-2003.


Miller has extensive experience with USA Hockey and also with the game at the earliest levels of development. As a player, he skated for Team USA at the World Junior Championships in 1981, 1982 and 1983. He was captain and team MVP of the 1983 USA squad. He represented the US in three World Championships (1986, 1989, 1999), helped the US to a gold medal at the Four Nations Cup in 2000, and participated in the 1987 Canada Cup. He also served as an athlete director and Junior Council Member for USA Hockey from 1995-2001, and as an assistant coach on the U16 Four Nations Cup in Slovakia in August 2000 and at the Select 16 Hockey Festival the same summer.

Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as his M.B.A. from Michigan State and a graduate degree in banking from the prestigious Stonier School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania. Accomplished in the fields of both commercial real estate and banking, he has served as the vice president of Bank Performance and director of specialty finance for Capitol Bancorp Limited since 2005. He and his wife Shelby have three daughters: Taylor and Chelsey are a junior and a freshman, respectively, on the Michigan State women’s soccer team; and their youngest, Ashton, attends Okemos High School.  


Tom Newton
Assistant Coach
22nd Season   *   Bowling Green ’80

Longtime assistant coach Tom Newton enters his 22nd year with the Michigan State hockey program. Newton has been a part of more than 400 victories in his time on the Spartan staff, and more than 600 in his 30-year collegiate coaching career.


Newton was originally appointed to his position on June 12, 1990. He is directly involved with recruiting and all day-to-day operations of the Spartan hockey program and hockey school. Newton is the second-longest tenured assistant at one school in the college game, just behind Michigan’s Mel Pearson who will enter his 24th season this fall.


In his time at MSU, he has been a part of three CCHA regular-season championships, four CCHA Tournament championships, 14 teams which advanced to the NCAA Tournament, four Frozen Fours, and the 2007 NCAA title team. He has helped bring 12 All-America selections and eight Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalists, including 2001 winner Ryan Miller, to the East Lansing campus. 


Newton arrived at Michigan State after serving as an associate head coach at Western Michigan from 1986-90. Prior to being elevated to the associate position at WMU, Newton served as an assistant for the Broncos from 1982-86. While at WMU, he was responsible for bringing Hobey Baker runners-up Dan Dorion (1986) and Wayne Gagne (1987) to the Bronco program, and three All-Americans overall.


The Uxbridge, Ontario, native earned his first college head coaching job at Kent State in 1981 and promptly led the Golden Flashes to a respectable 12-17-1 record as a Division I independent during the 1981-82 season. He began his coaching career as Bowling Green’s graduate assistant coach in 1980-81 and also handled BGSU’s club coaching duties.


A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain for the Falcons, Newton registered 140 points during his career (1975-80). He skated for three CCHA regular-season and two playoff championship teams for then-BGSU coach Ron Mason. Newton led the Brown and Orange to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1978 (third) and 1979 (fifth). He holds the BGSU records for scoring back-to-back goals in the shortest time span (nine seconds) as well as scoring three goals in the shortest time span (4:39).


Newton was an assistant coach for Team USA in the North American College Hockey Championship in 1999. In 1995, he served as an assistant coach for Team West at the Shrine East-West College All-Star Hockey Classic in Minneapolis.


The coach runs a highly-successful Pro Camp at Munn Ice Arena every August. The weeklong program not only prepares former Spartans for upcoming training camps in all levels of professional hockey, but also brings some of the program's most recognizable names back to their collegiate venue to renew their bonds with their former teammates and Michigan State roots.

Newton holds a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education and health from Bowling Green State University (1980) and earned his master of education degree from BGSU one year later.


He served on the Board of Governors of the American Hockey Coaches Association as college hockey's Assistant Coaches Representative from 1998-2001. In April 2004, he received the Terry Flanagan Memorial Award, which honors an assistant coach’s career body of work.


Newton and his wife Eve have two children: Ted, who serves as the CCHA’s communications manager; and Emma, who is a sophomore at MSU.


Mike Gilmore
Volunteer Assistant Coach
First Season   *   Michigan State ’92

Former Spartan netminder Mike Gilmore joins Tom Anastos’ first staff at Michigan State as a volunteer assistant coach. Gilmore, who previously served at his alma mater in the same role, will work primarily with the team’s goaltenders.


Gilmore epitomized the term “student-athlete” in his playing career, as he earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times and CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-America honors as a senior, as well as the Bill Burgess Outstanding Senior Award, the Blue Line President’s Award as the team’s top scholar-athlete, as well as the Amo Bessone Award for combining athletic and academic achievement with community involvement. He also won the 1992 Chester Brewer Award, awarded to MSU Senior achieving academic and athletic excellence.


On the ice, he played in 64 career games and ranks eighth all-time at MSU with a 2.91 career goals-against average and 10th in career shutouts (4). Gilmore was a part of two CCHA regular-season and tournament championships (1988-89, 1989-90), and three NCAA Tournament teams, which included Frozen Four trips in both 1989 and 1992. He joined the Spartan team as a walk-on, but quickly earned a scholarship and served as an alternate captain as a senior.


Gilmore was a member of the US National team in the summer of 1991, earning a gold medal at the US Olympic Sports Festival.


A selection of the New York Rangers in the 1990 Supplemental Draft, Gilmore played two seasons of professional hockey with the Erie Panthers (ECHL) and Binghamton Rangers (NHL) after leaving MSU. He served as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater from 1994-96, helping lead MSU to a pair of NCAA Tournament bids and a 53-25-4 overall mark. During that time, he earned his M.B.A. from MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business. 


Gilmore is currently the director of investment management and a registered investment advisor at Greene Wealth Management in East Lansing. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Lansing Amateur Hockey Association (GLAHA), and coaches his two youngest children in the sport of hockey. Gilmore’s wife Jennifer is a former team physician for the MSU hockey program and is an assistant professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at MSU in addition to continuing in her role as a team physician in the Athletic Department. The couple resides in DeWitt with their children Abigail (12), a figure skater, and hockey players Ryan (10) and Isabelle (8).

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