Mr. Ron Baum
Coach Baum is HSC’s founder and head instructor. He directed and instructed at countless hockey schools throughout the Midwest before establishing HSC in 1988.
After a three year playing career at Western Michigan University, he began his forty-one year teaching career and founded hockey at East Kentwood High School where he coached for 35 seasons. During his tenure, the program earned a D-1 State Championship, three State Runner-Up finishes, twenty-one Conference titles, twenty-five Regional Championships, and fourteen trips to the MHSAA Final Four - all West Michigan records. He finished his career having the second-most wins in Michigan at 623. In 2018, the OK Conference Executive Board named one of their three hockey divisions after him.
Ron holds a Masters Level certification from USA Hockey and was on staff for 10 years working in national player development camps. In 2010, Coach Baum was presented with their yearly national award from USA Hockey in Colorado Springs for his many contributions to their Coaching Education Program. In 1987 he was the assistant coach of the Gold Medal team at the U.S. Olympic Festival and helped in the selection of our 1988 U.S. Olympic Team. In 2000, Ron became the first hockey coach in Michigan to be inducted into the State H.S. Coaches Hall of Fame. Three years later, he was chosen Michigan’s High School Hockey Coach of the Year and in 2005 was inducted into the inaugural class of the Michigan H.S. Hockey Coaches Association HOF. In 2014 Coach Baum was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame and received the Warren Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ron is currently an engineering and robotics consultant at the West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) and has been an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University. Coach Baum initiated ice hockey for the State Games of Michigan and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship and the WMAA Foundation.
HSC is proud to have Mark Izzard continue to play an important role in our summer camps. Coach Mark, a MAHA Coach of the Year recipient, has an innovative approach to the game and brings to our campers many years of pro hockey experience from the International Hockey League and other youth hockey camps and regional associations. In addition, HSC has an exceptional group of college-bound and university athletes that are excellent role models for young people, outstanding communicators who have a passion for this great game, and have the skills to pass on to the next generation. We are extremely proud of all of our coaches who have played the game at the high school, collegiate, Junior, and professional levels.