MSU goaltending coach Joe Exter will not have contract renewed


MSU assistant hockey and goaltending coach Joe Exter/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING, Mich— Michigan State goaltending coach Joe Exter’s contract will not be renewed, according to multiple reports. His staff profile is no longer on the MSU Athletics webpage.

Exter, who joined MSU’s coaching staff in May of 2017, oversaw the development of former All-Big Ten goaltender and John Lethemon. He is currently playing with the Ontario Reign, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. He also helped current Spartan senior goaltender Drew DeRidder receive All-Big Ten honorable mention honors at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season before entering the transfer portal.

MSU head coach Danton Cole talks with his team on the bench during the Spartans’ 7-3 loss to Michigan on Feb. 12, 2022/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

The announcement comes as head coach Danton Cole endured his fifth losing season in five years at MSU. The Spartans, who started off 11-8-1, won only one game in all of 2022 and lost 15 out of their last 16 games to end the season. They were also swept by Michigan in all six matches, including a two-game sweep in the first round of the Big Ten tournament that saw MSU get outscored 12-1 by the Wolverines.

In his five seasons at MSU, Cole has compiled an overall record of 58-101-12 and a conference record of 35-70-6-6.

Before coming to MSU, Exter served as an assistant coach at Ohio State from 2012-17 and for the U.S. National Junior Team from 2009-2012. He also worked alongside Cole from 2010-11 when both men were coaches for the U.S. National Development Team.