Prep hockey: Former Northern Michigan player, assistant coach Garrow takes over Marquette Redmen program

MARQUETTE – Doug Garrow has helped coach a local U19 girls recreational hockey team to state titles the last two seasons.

Now, he’s turning his attention to leading the Marquette Senior High School varsity hockey squad.

“I’m used to coaching at a higher level and when this job came up, I wanted to continue at this higher level,” the former Northern Michigan University icer (1986-90) said Friday.

“A lot of things I’ve learned I can use in a high school program. It’s just a good time and opportunity to do this.”

MSHS athletic coordinator Jamie Tuma announced Friday Garrow has been selected from a group of five candidates to succeed Mike L’Huillier.

The latter resigned in April due to “outside influences” after going 7-20 in his second coaching stint with the Redmen

“Doug has both experience as a player and a head coach,” Tuma said, adding a five-member MSHS committee picked Garrow Tuesday night. “He’s well-respected in the community and will bring Redmen pride to the program as an alum.

“It was a tough decision, as all five candidates would – and could – made a good hockey coach here. We just picked the one who was the best fit.”

Garrow, 46, is a Marquette native. He’s a 1985 MSHS and a 1991 NMU grad who has been a certified financial planner for Ameriprise Financial for 21 years.

As a Wildcat winger, Garrow played 134 games. He scored 23 goals, collected 32 assists for 55 points and picked up 233 penalty minutes. He was a Northern student assistant coach during the school’s 1990-91 NCAA Division 1 championship season, helped L’Huillier for three seasons in the 1990s and also served as an assistant coach at NMU under former head coach Rick Comley for two seasons.

“I’ve taken a little bit from all the coaches I’ve had,” Garrow said of his coaching style. “I’m demanding, and I expect hard work and effort. If people don’t give me their best, then we’ll have a problem.

“We will be disciplined and we will be a well-conditioned team.”

He said he’s “more of a teacher” than one who yells a lot.

“When I’m on the ice, I’m loud. As a coach, I’m always trying to help a player out on the bench,” Garrow said. “But it’s up to me as a coach to put people in a position to be successful.”

He added he’ll stress both offense and defense as a coach, but may lean toward the latter.

“Offensively, you have to have talent to begin with. I want players to be instinctive and let their abilities take over,” Garrow said. “But I think I’ll have a greater impact (as a coach) on the defensive side.”

He lives in Marquette with wife Joanne and children Kate (17), Anna (13), Grace (10) and Jake (8).

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