Hockey: New Dexter coach has experience developing young players

Donnie Busdeker, who began his coaching career shortly after he stopped playing in Sylvania, Ohio in 1997, has taken over the Dexter hockey program.

He replaces Brian Sipotz who stepped down as head coach.

Busdeker spent a year as an assistant coach and then became a head coach for two years in the Toledo area high school developmental league helping high school players develop their skills and careers.

After a job relocation, he coached numerous tier-2 youth teams as both an assistant and head coach. From 2007-2014, he was both an assistant coach and a head coach in the Tier 1 Elite AAA hockey league and also won a state championship as a head coach in 2013.

“I focus on player development by making sure the players have the essential hockey skills to be successful and achieve their goals,” he said.

Busdeker has been successful doing this throughout his career, moving players onto the next level including club hockey, junior hockey and college hockey. Busdeker and his wife Brandy reside in Dexter with their four children.

And he’s excited about taking over Dreadnaughts – both short-term and long-term.

“We are looking to implement our new processes as we build this program up to produce sustained results for many years to come,” he said. “We have a very solid group of younger players that have joined the program and the future looks very bright in the middle school and grade school for the future of the program. We are going to work extremely hard, have discipline, hold each other accountable, learn, develop, improve and have fun.”

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