Bloomfield’s Mick Singelyn named Girls Coach of the Year
Mick Singelyn, along with assistant coaches Marc Bekolay, left, and Chris Koch, right, led Bloomfield’s girls hockey into the final four this year.
Mick Singelyn, who built both JV and varsity teams at Bloomfield High School, was honored for his hard work and dedication to his players by being named 2020 Coach of the Year by the Michigan Girls High School Hockey League.
In his eight years at the school, Singelyn has established a well-respected program.
“We built a hockey team in baby steps all the way along,” Singelyn said. “The coaching staff immediately instilled in their minds that it is a varsity sport by raising the level of competition and commitment.”
He explained that he coaches from the ground up, establishing a foundation of skill to build well-rounded hockey players. “We do edgework and power skating every single day. We taught most of this year’s team how to skate as freshmen.”
He has learned that teaching the game to a new player has its own set of challenges but their willingness to learn makes it a fun experience.
“We’ve had some upper-level Travel players come through the program, but I would say that we develop every single girl that we coach,” he said. “Four years ago, 90 percent of our team had never played, and now we are seeing our goalie as Miss Hockey, Riley Campbell as one of the league’s strongest back-checkers and Sam Paull as a scholarship winner and a top defenseman.”
Paull has been selected by Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice-President Jim Devellano for his scholarship of $2,500 towards college.
Singelyn, who has coached boys and girls hockey, said he absolutely loves coaching girls at the high school age because they are tuned in and ready to learn. “These athletes are total sponges at this age,” he said. “They want to learn, and they want to kick butt!”
He and his staff coach a task-oriented game. “Not every kid is a goal scorer,” he said. “But each player on my team has a role, and once they learn the importance of that role, they work hard and buy into it.”
When asked what advice he would give to other coaches at this level, he didn’t hesitate to answer. “The kids always come first! To get a female athlete to work with you, you need to take input and use it. As their coach, you need to be tough but also one-hundred percent on their side.”
He added that he enjoyed winning the coaching award. “My staff, Chris Koch and Marc Bekolay, are incredible, and we put in a ton of work every year. The season always starts out tough, but by the end of the year we are playing well.
“Everyone in the Bloomfield community is very excited and grateful for this honor.”