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 one 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 two Tier I 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 a national award from USA Hockey in Colorado Springs for his extensive contributions in their Coaching Education Program. He continues in this capacity each year. 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 Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the Warren Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ron is currently the 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 West Michigan Sports Commission, the Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship, and the WMAA Foundation.
HSC is proud to have two outstanding lead instructors this summer. Coach Mark Izzard, recent MAHA Coach of the Year and veteran coach, Rick Ocharzak, who will head up our PM Checking Camp. Mark's playing experience in the IHL and his innovative approach to the game coupled with Rick's vast experiences coaching summer camps for Turcotte schools in over 30 North American cities for fifteen years will provide every skater timely tips on how to improve their game. In addition, HSC has an exceptional group of college-bound athletes that are excellent role models for kids, 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 our coaches who have played the game at the high school, collegiate, Junior, and professional levels.