Lake Forest Academy prep hockey coach Darrin Madeley P’11, ’14 recently reached a major coaching milestone as he recorded his 500th career victory at LFA last weekend. Madeley, who also serves as Athletic Director at LFA, reached the milestone with an 8-0 win over Rice Memorial on Friday.
“I have been very fortunate to be able to coach so many incredible young men that understood the privilege that comes with attending LFA and playing on the prep hockey team,” said Madeley. “I have also been really lucky to have an assistant coach like Andrew Poska who sees the game the way I do and someone I fully trust. I also had Ryan Weber the first three years who was a really strong players assistant coach and then Tyler Madeley ’14 the last couple of years who gave the players someone to talk to because he went through what they are going through.”
Following the 500th victory, Madeley was able to soak in the moment and reflect as his 2022-23 squad prepared to face two more tough MPHL opponents during the weekend.
“After the game I was driving back to the hotel when the number of wins hit me and I started to reach out to some players to thank them for helping build a program that I am very proud to be part of.”
Madeley joined LFA in 2005 following a 10-year professional career and coaching stints in the USA National Team Development Program that saw four World Championship appearances with Team USA that garnered two golds and a silver medal.
He was the 2022 Midwest Prep Hockey League (MPHL) Coach of the Year and has led the Caxys to a 20-4-3 record this season. LFA is currently in first place in the MPHL’s Malloy Division and the Caxys have been ranked among the top 10 Independent Prep teams in the nation throughout this season.
This weekend LFA travels to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to play a pair of games against the Soo Indians on Saturday and Sunday. The Caxys return to MPHL action the weekend of Jan. 20-22 with games at Gilmour Academy near Cleveland, Ohio.