EAST LANSING - Ron Mason, the second-winningest coach in college hockey history, passed away overnight. He was 76.
Mason spent 36 years (1966-2002) behind the bench in college hockey, and finished his coaching career with a record of 924-380-83. In 23 years at MSU (1979-2002), he posted a 635-270-69 mark. His career highlights include an NCAA Championship at Michigan State in 1986 and an NAIA Championship with Lake Superior State in 1972. He led MSU to 17 CCHA regular-season and playoff titles and guided 23 teams to the NCAA Tournament, an all-time record. In addition, he coached 35 All-Americans and 50 former Spartans who went on to establish careers in the National Hockey League.
Following his illustrious coaching career, Mason took on a different role, serving as MSU's Athletics Director from 2002-07. During his tenure as AD, MSU teams captured 11 conference championships (regular season and postseason combined) and one national championship (hockey, 2007). In addition, MSU was represented at the NCAA Championships 76 times, including Final Four/Frozen Four appearances by men's basketball (2005), women's basketball (2005), field hockey (2002 and 2004) and ice hockey (2007).
In December 2013, Mason was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.