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Lumberjacks Add Former Stars Head Coach to Staff

July 3, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Muskegon Lumberjacks News Release

MUSKEGON, MI - The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced the hire of former Lincoln Stars Head Coach Cody Chupp. Chupp, 35, will be an assistant coach for Muskegon, a role he previously held with the Green Bay Gamblers.

Chupp is a native of Big Rapids, MI, and played collegiately for Ferris State University, where he served as captain during both his junior and senior seasons.

After a three-year professional career in the AHL and ECHL, concussions cut Chupp's playing career short, and he immediately went into coaching. After a one-year stint at Utica College, Chupp landed in the USHL with Green Bay, where he was an assistant under Pat Mikesch for three seasons (2014-2017).

In 2017, Chupp was named the head coach of the Lincoln Stars, and immediately guided the Stars to a playoff berth in his first year. After missing the playoffs in '18-'19, Chupp had Lincoln back in a playoff spot before the '19-'20 season was cancelled. In three years as bench boss, and one year ('19-'20) as head coach and general manager, Chupp compiled a record of 70-85-15.

"It's great to be back in West Michigan," said Chupp. In the last six or seven years, I've only been able to spend a week or so at a time in Michigan, so to be back permanently is nice for my family."

"I feel the main thing I bring to Muskegon is my passion for coaching and for developing players. I think my role here will evolve, especially as we get closer to the season, but right now my job is to do whatever is asked of me and at this point, I feel comfortable doing anything that's needed. This is an exceptional staff here in Muskegon and I hope I can add to their strengths."

Chupp will move to Muskegon with his wife, Hailey, and two young sons, Grayson and Hudson. Although extensive renovations have given the arena a facelift, the new Muskegon assistant feels he'll be right at home.

"I remember playing here as a young kid growing up, and coming to watch Lumberjacks and Fury games," said Chupp. "I hope that I can add to the history that is so rich here in Muskegon."


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