They say you can never go home again, but sometimes that saying isn’t true. Shattuck St. Mary’s 2000 head coach Adam Nightingale may have busted that old theory wide open.
Nightingale was previously a coach at Shattuck prior to leaving for other opportunities in Michigan
“I’m excited and very thankful for the opportunity,” Nightingale said. “It’s hard for us to leave Shattuck. We really did enjoy it. There’s so many great people there.”
Those were the remarks that current Shattuck St. Mary head coach Adam Nightingale made when he left Shattuck to pursue a coaching position at Michigan State University in 2010.
He went on to spend four seasons (2010-14) as director of operations and video coordinator for Michigan State University’s men’s ice hockey team.
Born in Jackson, Michigan and raised in Cheboygan, Nightingale was a good fit for the position and it allowed him the opportunity to learn at a faster pace and look closely at skill development and systems.
Nightingale said his duties included breaking down video and compiling scouting reports on the Spartans’ opponents. He was also be in charge of team travel.
“Adam’s a kid who’s got a chance to be a really good coach,” Shattuck Hockey Director, Tom Ward said at the time. “It was a can’t-miss for him. … They’re getting a good one in Adam” he added.
Recognized for his competence he also served as video coordinator for the U.S. National Junior Team.
After a stint away he rejoined the Shattuck-St. Mary’s staff as head coach of the Bantam team. “I really missed the coaching staff and the people I formed relationships with. Thanks to Tom Ward I get a chance to work in a area I am passionate about.”
Nightingale played two seasons at Lake Superior State University (2000-02) before transferring and playing his last two seasons for Michigan State (2003-05), where he was a two-time alternate captain. He went on to play three-plus seasons in the ECHL.
While at MSU Nightingale established a solid reputation for assessing talent and was instrumental in recommending several Shattuck players for MSU hockey scholarships.
Shattuck turns out top talent every year and sends close to a dozen kids to college hockey teams every year, and NHL players like Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise, Jack Johnson and Ryan Malone have played there.
In addition to serving as head coach for the Bantam squad, Adam teaches economics and is married with two children.