Tuesday afternoon the Michigan State athletic department announced that Michigan State Hockey coach Tom Anastos has stepped down after six years with the program.
In a statement from the athletics department, MSU athletic director Mark Hollis stated, ” I want to thank Tom Anastos for the guidance he’s provided Spartan hockey over the past six seasons. He (Anastos) would be the first to admit that he wished there were more on-ice victories, but he built a program that was a great value to our community. His student-athletes were successful in the classroom and were great representatives of the athletic department and the university as a whole with their commitment to community outreach.”
“A loyal Spartan for more than three decades, Tom Anastos has given so much to Michigan State. He’s had a positive impact on our entire department, well beyond the ice rink. Tom is an amazing individual whose passion for Michigan State is unsurpassed. He and his wife Lisa and their five children will continue to be valued members in the Spartan community.”
Anastos gave a statement of his own stating, ” I am truly grateful for the opportunity and support provided by our administration, especially that of Mark Hollis and President Simon. Michigan State is special place to me and my family and what makes it so special are its people. I appreciate the support and relationships I have developed with the fans, boosters, alumni, and media. I have loved working with our incredible group of coaches through the department, the most passionate and hardest working groups of athletic administrators in all of college athletics, and most of all, the hockey coaches, support stand and student athletes.”
In his six years at MSU, Anastos held a record of 78-122-24. He led the Spartans to the NCAA tournament in the 2012 season, their only appearance under his tenure.
For the full press release from the university please visit this link.