Adam Krug '12, who became the second head coach in the history of the Adrian College men's hockey program on July 7, 2014, enters his third season at the helm of his alma mater.
In each of his first two seasons, Krug has led the Bulldogs to sweeps of both the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association regular season and tournament championships, a pair of NCAA tournament berths, five different All-Americans and a 48-8-4 overall mark (.833).
In 2015-16, Adrian captured the NCHA Peters Cup and Harris Cup titles again en route to a 24-4-1 ledger and the NCHA South Division crown with a 17-2-1 record. Freshman defenseman Cory Dunn was a consensus All-America pick and senior blueliner Chris Leone made CCM American Hockey Coaches Association All-America First Team and D3hockey.com Second Team. Krug also coached USCHO.com Rookie of the Year Connor Armour among a NCHA-leading four all-conference standouts and seven academic all-conference honorees.
In Krug's first season, the 2014-15 Adrian squad posted a 24-3-3 overall record, reaching the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship, and finishing third in both national ranking polls. He coached a team-record three All-Americans (Kyle Brothers and Josh Ranalli, both First Team; Ryan Gieseler, Second Team), five NCHA academic all-conference honorees and six Bulldogs who were cited on the all-conference and/or NCHA all-rookie teams.
Krug was the team captain for the Bulldogs in their inaugural season of 2007-08 and he also played the following season. He transferred from Division I Wayne State University in Detroit before joining the Bulldogs as a junior, scoring 42 points in 67 career games for the Warriors in 2004-05 and '05-06. At Adrian, Krug was named a 2008 second-team All-American in the West Region. He also set the Adrian and Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association single-season record with 77 points. In addition, Krug led NCAA D-III in scoring at 2.66 points per game and was named MCHA Player of the Year.
Krug followed that with the sixth-best scoring season at Adrian College with 52 points including 22 goals and 30 assists in 2008-09. He ranked fifth in NCAA Division III in scoring at 1.86 points per game and was selected first-team All-MCHA (the forerunner of the NCHA) as a senior. In just two seasons at Adrian, Krug ranks seventh all-time in school history with 129 points, sixth with 52 goals, fifth with 20 power play goals and ninth with 77 assists.
Krug has gained valuable experience behind the bench since his playing days at Adrian. He served as the assistant coach, then associate head coach of the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League from 2012-14. He helped the Ice capture the 2013-14 Clark Cup championship awarded to the Tier I Junior “A” national champions. The Ice also won the 2013-14 Eastern Conference regular season title. Under Krug’s guidance, the Ice had over 30 players earn a NCAA Division I scholarship playing opportunity and four of the players were drafted by the National Hockey League.
Krug joined the Indiana Ice coaching staff after a four-year professional hockey career across the United States and in Europe. He started his professional career with the East Coast Hockey League's Cincinnati Cyclones, a minor league affiliate of the Nashville Predators, before heading across the Pond for a one-year stint with the Nijmegen Devils in the Netherlands. While on the Devils' roster, Krug led the team in points (68) and assists (43).
After returning from Europe, Krug spent time with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, a minor league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.