HARRIS, Mich. - Stratford native Rick Comley was one of 10 people inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame during the 42nd annual induction banquet here recently at the Island Resort and Casino.
Comley, the renowned championship hockey coach at Lake Superior State (1974-76), Northern Michigan University (1976-2002) and Michigan State University (2002-2011), guided teams to NCAA titles at NMU in 1991 and at Michigan State in 2007. Both times, his teams were invited to the White House in Washington to meet the U.S. president.
He also coached Lake Superior to the NAIA title in 1974.
Comley compiled an overall 783-615-110 record (.556) from 1974 to 2011. He completed a 38-year coaching career following the 2010-11 season. In 2007, he became the third coach in NCAA history to win a national championship at two different schools.
He is one of only five coaches to have won more than 700 games. He had 25 seasons with a winning record.
Comley was national coach of the year in 1980 and 1991, receiving the Spencer Penrose Memorial Trophy, and runner-up in 2007.
He played at Lake Superior SU (1967-71), where he was team captain and MVP, and also athletic director at Northern Michigan from 1986 to 2000, where he was instrumental in starting the hockey program in 1976.
A resident in Marquette, Mich., Comley, 66, is now a scout for the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks.