Rick Yeo

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Rick Yeo
Biographical details
BornThunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Alma materMichigan Tech
Playing career
1963–1966Michigan Tech
1970–1971Thunder Bay Twins
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1976Michigan Tech (assistant)
1976–1981Lake Superior State
1990–2005Michigan Tech (AD)
Head coaching record
Overall70-96-5 (.424)
Accomplishments and honors
1965 National Champion (player)
1975 National Champion (assistant)
1988 Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame

J. Richard 'Rick' Yeo was a Canadian ice hockey player and coach who was also a member of Michigan Tech's administration for over 20 years.[1]

Career[change | change source]

Rick Yeo's first appearance in Houghton came as a player for Michigan Tech under John MacInnes. Recruited just after the Huskies first national title in 1962, Yeo was part of Michigan Tech's second championship in 1965, notching 2 assists in the final game against Boston College.[2] After captaining the team in his senior season Yeo returned home to Thunder Bay and worked as a teacher and coach in the area. He made one final appearance on the ice for the Thunder Bay Twins in the team's inaugural season before ending his playing days for good.

In 1973 Yeo returned to his alma mater, becoming an assistant for the team and helping the Huskies to their third championship in 1975. Yeo was eventually hired as the head coach for Lake Superior State and served in that capacity from 1976 through the end of the 1980–81 season. Yeo was less successful that the two bench bosses that preceded him (Ron Mason and Rick Comley) but did achieve a modest amount of success with the Lakers in his five seasons.[3]

Yeo was back in Houghton for the third time in the fall of 1981 becoming Director of Annual/Special Gifts for the Michigan Tech Fund, a position he held for eight years. A year after being inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1988[4] Yeo became director of alumni relations and then the school's Athletic Director in 1990. Yeo continued on as AD until 2005 when he accepted a new position as senior director of athletic development to help improve the financial foundation of the university's athletic department.

Head coaching record[change | change source]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Lake Superior State Lakers (CCHA) (1976–1981)
1976–77 Lake Superior State 10-23-0 3-13-0 5th
1977–78 Lake Superior State 18-13-1 7-10-1 5th
1978–79 Lake Superior State 16-18-2 11-12-1 4th CCHA Semifinals
1979–80 Lake Superior State 12-21-1 2-18-0 6th
1980–81 Lake Superior State 14-21-1 6-15-1 6th
Lake Superior State: 70-96-5 29-68-3
Total: 70-96-5

      National champion         Conference regular season champion         Conference tournament champion
      Conference regular season and conference tournament champion       Conference division champion


References[change | change source]

  1. "Yeo Accepts Senior Development Post". Michigan Tech. 2005-03-30. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  2. "Michigan Tech 2009-10 Hockey Yearbook". Michigan Tech Huskies. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  3. "Lake Superior Men's Hockey Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
  4. "J. Richard Yeo". Michigan Tech Huskies. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  5. "2013-14 Lake Superior State Lakers Media Guide 28-46" (PDF). Lake Superior State Lakers. Retrieved 2014-07-05.

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