Sports
6:06 am
Tue January 12, 2010

Amo Bessone, longtime MSU hockey coach, dies at 93

EAST LANSING, MI – Amo Bessone, who coached the Michigan State hockey team for 28 years and led the Spartans to the 1966 NCAA title, has died in New Mexico at the age of 93.

Bessone compiled a 367-467-20 record before retiring after the 1978-79 season. His Spartans teams won outright Big Ten titles in 1966-67, 1970-71 and 1975-76, and tied for the 1972-73 championship. He coached 12 All-Americans and three Olympians.

Bessone was born Nov. 22, 1916 on Cape Cod, Mass., and began his college coaching career at Michigan Tech in 1948. Bessone led the Huskies until 1951, when he became Michigan State coach.

He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and Michigan State's Hall of Fame in 1992.

Michigan State says in a statement that funeral arrangements are incomplete.