4/30/2013 – Dekalb, IL – The NIU Huskies are proud to announce that former NIU Hockey captain, Mike Reporto, will be returning back to the NIU Hockey program to assist head coach Chuck Rinaldo with the coaching duties.
Reporto is a resident of Glendale Heights Illinois, with his girlfriend Colleen and two year old daughter Leanna. He currently works for Aerotek professional services as an account manager. Reporto grew up playing for the Chargers and Blues before being drafted by the Chicago Force. While playing for the Force, he was recruited by NIU Hockey GM, Ian Kalanges, to come play at NIU.
During Reporto’s playing time with NIU, he has a long list of accomplishments including 2009-2010 NIU Offensive Player of the Year, in which he holds the single season scoring record for a defenseman (14 goals, 37 assists, 51 points), 2010-2011 Team Captain, 2010-2011 2nd Team All-Conference, 2010-2011 3rd Team All-Region, and 2010-2011 MACHA All-Star Team member and MVP.
When asked what he thought about coming back to NIU Hockey to coach, he responded with, “It means a lot to be back because when I left I feel like I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to in my two seasons with the organization. This organization provided me with the best two year hockey experience of my life and I am glad to become a part of it once again for many years to come”.
Reporto talks about what he wants to help accomplish this coming up season. “I am looking to help grow the organization even beyond the accomplishments that were achieved last season. Chuck and I will be looking to pick up right where things left off and take on the ultimate goal of bringing home a MACHA Championship to DeKalb along with a National Tournament bid. We have high expectations for the team, the organization, and the university to provide our players with the ultimate college hockey experience”.
Head Coach Chuck Rinaldo talks about the addition of Mike Reporto to this coaching staff. “The departure of Coach Goldsmith left a big gap in our coaching staff and we knew it was going to be a challenge to find a guy to fill his shoes. I'm confident that Mike Reporto is the right guy to step in and fulfill our needs”.
Rinaldo likes the fact that Reporto has experience of playing for NIU and the ACHA at this level. “As a former NIU player he has great passion for the team and the school. Along with his overall knowledge of the game in combination with his experience as a former player in the league will be crucial to our future success. Not only will he be a huge asset on the bench for us but he also has the ability to help us continue our aggressive recruiting efforts to help build our program and take it to the next level. The future for NIU hockey just got brighter with the addition of Coach Reporto”.
The Huskies are excited about Mike Reporto’s return to the program. He will be jumping right into the swing of things for the Huskies. The season cannot get here soon enough!