Oakland ACHA DI Hockey Coaching Staff
Head Coach Nick Field
Coach Field is entering his third season with Oakland. Field was named as the eighth Head Coach in program history on May 22, 2018 after spending the previous eight seasons with Lake Orion High School. In his seven Varsity seasons with Lake Orion, Coach Field had an overall record of 103-70-18. He helped lead the Dragons to a MHSAA Regional title, three OAA Regular season titles, an OAA Playoff Championship along with an appearance in the MHSAA State Quarter Finals. Under Coach Field’s guidance the Dragons had 20 MHSAA All State player selections and a total of 44 MHSAA All State Academic athletes.
In just his second season (2019-20) Field led Oakland to its first 20 win season in six years with a record of 21-10-1. The team was ranked as high as #16 in the Nation. He led the team to wins over the #8, #16 and #13 ranked teams. The team also advanced to the Sem-Finals of the GLCHL Playoffs in Grand Rapids.
The regular season record finished at 20-9-2. The 20 wins was the most for the program since the 13-14 season. This was the first season since Oakland became an ACHA DI program (2006-07) that the team finished the regular season with fewer than 10 regulation losses. The fewest losses in a single season at Oakland as an ACHA DI team (regulation and postseason) is 11 (2009-2010) season. Meaning, the 2019-20 season had the fewest losses in regulation and post-season in program history at the ACHA DI level.
This team set a program record for fewest goals allowed in a season (88) as an ACHA DI team. The previous record for goals allowed in a single season as 104 in the 2009-10 season. Oakland scored 129 goals in the regular season, the highest total since the 2014-15 season.
Nick’s coaching philosophy and strategy has been influenced by the coaches and players of the teams that he was a part of during his playing days. Coach Field’s playing career saw him start out playing Junior “A” for the Cleveland Barons (NAHL) and then with the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) before earning a NCAA Division I hockey scholarship to Ferris State University. Some of the coaches that Nick played for over the years that helped influence his knowledge of the game include: Bob Daniels (Head Coach Ferris State), Drew Famulak (Associate Head Coach, Ferris State), Scott Owens (Head Coach Sioux Falls Stampede, USHL), Jeff Blashill (Head Coach Detroit Red Wings), and Derek Lalonde (Head Coach Iowa Wild, AHL). At Ferris State University Coach Field was a member of the 2003 CCHA Championship team and also won the USHL Regular Season and Playoff Championships while in Des Moines.
Coach Field is a graduate of Ferris State University where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Marketing.
Coach Field Record By Season
Assistant Coach Aaron Hundt
Coach Hundt is entering his third season with Oakland. Hundt came to Oakland on May 22, 2018 after spending the previous eight seasons with Lake Orion High School. Aaron works primarily with the defense and is also very involved with penalty kill instruction and philosophy. Aaron was honored with the 2016-17 MHSAA Division 1 Assistant Coach Of The Year award.
Prior to coaching Aaron had a successful career as a player starting off in the North American Hockey League where he played Junior “A” hockey for the Springfield Jr. Blues. Aaron then went on to play at Michigan State University for two seasons before transferring to play at Wayne State University. Coach Hundt’s game knowlege was heavily influenced by Ron Mason (Head Coach Michigan State) and Bill Wilkinson (Head Coach Wayne State).While at Michigan State Coach Hundt was part of the 2001 CCHA championship team and 2001 Frozen Four team. Aaron was also a member of the 2003 CHA championship team while at Wayne State.
Coach Hundt is a graduate of Wayne State University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.
Assistant Coach Jacob DeSano
Coach DeSano is entering his second season as a member of the Oakland ACHA DI Hockey coaching staff. He previously served as an assistant coach for Warren DeLaSalle and as an assistant coach at Notre Dame Prep.
DeSano played his junior hockey for North Iowa (NAHL). He played college hockey at Oakland University (2008-09-2011-12). During his four seasons as a Golden Grizzly, he appeared in 125 game scoring 26 goals, 64 assists for 90 points. He was also named to Team USA for the World University Games in Erzurum, Turkey in 2011.
While at Oakland DeSano won a GLCHL Playoff Championship (2011), a GLCHL Regular Season Championship (2012) and finished #2 in the nation in 2012 with a National Championship Game appearance.
Oakland ACHA DI Hockey Management and Support Staff
General Manager Corey Hagood
Corey Hagood is starting his fifth season as general manager for Oakland after serving several seasons as the programs assistant general manager. He is in charge of Hockey Operations, along with scheduling for the Golden Grizzlies, in addition to serving as the Voice of Oakland Hockey. Hagood has called numerous ACHA National Tournament and National Championship games.
He was apart of Oakland’s 2006 ACHA DII National Championship and Oakland’s 2007 ACHA DI National Championship along with the teams 2011 GLCHL Playoff Championship and the 2012 Regular Season Championship.
Hagood is a contributing writer for Winging It In Motown writing about the Detroit Red Wings. He also works for the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League running the leagues social media, website along with running the leagues weekly stars “GLCHL Performers”.
Team Chiropractor Dr. Joel Hessler
Dr. Hessler is is entering his seventh season with the Oakland ACHA DI Hockey program. Dr. Hessler serves as the teams primary trainer and team Chiropractor. He currently works at Clendenan Chiropractic in Imlay City, MI. Dr. Hessler specializes in occupational injuries and the management of soft tissue injuries. Leading up to his chiropractic training Dr. Hessler practiced as a medical massage therapist, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. With advanced training in soft tissue mobilization he has over 14 years of experience in clinical muscle work. He is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® through the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™. Currently, Dr. Hessler is one of only two chiropractors in Michigan to complete the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™ sport concussion training and be actively listed as a provider on their concussion registry. Dr. Hessler has utilized this training to implement pre-participation sport concussion baseline testing for young athletes in Lapeer County.
Marketing & Sales Director Derek Tellinghuisen
Derek Tellinghuisen is joining the team prior to the 2019-20 season as the Director of Group Sales and Corporate Sponsorship Sales. Derek, a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, graduated from Northwood University in Midland, MI with a degree in Business and Sport Management. Derek has over 5 years of sales experience in both baseball and hockey. The teams that Derek has been a part of include the Peoria Chiefs Baseball (Peoria, IL), Peoria Rivermen Hockey (Peoria, IL), Lehigh Valley IronPigs Baseball (Allentown, PA) and most recently with the United Shore Professional Baseball League.
Derek will be in charge with creating opportunities for young Hockey Players across the area to come out and see what it takes to play college hockey at the ACHA D1 level! Derek will spearhead the game sponsorships with local businesses to support OU Hockey.
In his free time Derek enjoys spending time with his family and supporting his favorite professional sports teams; Minnesota Twins, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, & Minnesota Vikings! He also enjoys playing softball, baseball and hockey and adventures in his Jeep Trailhawk.
Derek currently resides in Sterling Heights, MI with his wife Cassandra and young daughter Grace who was born in October 2018.
Derek can be reached at DToaklandhockey@gmail.com