MACON G.A. – The Macon Mayhem announced today that Associate Head Coach and Director of Player Development Ryan Michel has left the organization. Coach Michel will be taking over as Director of Hockey Operations for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Men’s Hockey program is a NCAA Division I program that competes in the ECAC conference against the likes of Harvard, Yale, etc. The Engineers went 17-15-2 their last season of play in 2019-2020; the RPI Engineers are led by Head Coach Dave Smith. The promotion will serve as a bit of a coming home party for the New York native as RPI is in Troy, NY.
“I am very excited for this new opportunity to move back into the college game,” said Michel. “This is a move that I felt was better for me both personally and professionally. I’d like to thank the Mayhem organization for giving me the opportunity to get my coaching career going. Words cannot express my gratitude to the owners and staff for their faith in me the past three seasons. Macon will always be a second home to me, and I will cherish the memories made during my time here.”
Michel spent two seasons in Macon as a player and was a key player in the 2016-2017 championship season. After a season as an Assistant Coach at SUNY-Cortland, Michel returned to Macon to serve as the Mayhem’s assistant coach in 2018. In the 2019-2020 season, Michel stepped in as the interim head coach for the Mayhem and would later have the interim tag removed to become the team’s third head coach in team history. After the return of Coach Kerr, Coach Michel graciously accepted a new challenge with the team and continued grinding for the betterment of the Mayhem organization.
“When you think about the Mayhem organization as a whole, there is no doubt that Ryan Michel is one of the most important and valuable people that we have had in our 7 years,” said team president Blair Floyd. “Ryan demonstrated excellence both on and off the ice during his time here. His vision and IQ for the game is unbelievable and in each of his coaching roles that showed. Ryan took on every task that was given to him and at times had the weight of the world on his shoulders, but he never backed down and gave it his all. He was put into some extremely tough and highly stressful situations during his time here, and I will forever be grateful for how he handled each of them and the personal sacrifices he made for us. Ryan will be missed, but I couldn’t be more excited for him and his new role. This is an unbelievable opportunity for him and a huge step towards his dream of coaching at the highest level of hockey. There is no doubt in my mind he will get there.”
The Mayhem are thankful for his contributions to the team as a player, coach, and person. He will be genuinely missed. We know the future is bright for Ryan Michel and cannot wait to see what the future holds.
The Mayhem and Director of Hockey Operations Zac Desjardins have already begun the search process for another assistant coach as Michel’s move was expected. The Mayhem’s season will kick off with a road matchup against the Knoxville Ice Bears on October 15th. The Macon Mayhem powered by Mayo Hill will take on the Fayetteville Marksmen for our first home game on October 29th. Single game tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com