Dave Cencer enters his 11th year as a member of the Bulldog Hockey coaching staff in 2016-17, serving as strength and conditioning coach.
Most recently, in 2015-16, Cencer helped lead FSU to the school's first postseason tournament championship ever as the Bulldogs claimed the WCHA Final Five Championship during a memorable postseason run. FSU advanced to the national tournament for the third time in five years while reaching the NCAA Final Eight.
During Cencer’s time at Ferris State, he has helped lead the team to two conference regular-season championships (2012 Central Collegiate Hockey Association and 2014 Western Collegiate Hockey Association), three NCAA Final Eight appearances and a berth in the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four National Championship Game. He has helped develop four America Hockey Coaches Association All-Americans and two National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American athlete.
Cencer coordinates all on-ice and off-ice strength training and conditioning for the Bulldogs. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science along with certifications from the NSCA (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and USA Weightlifting.
In 2016, Cencer was named to the Michigan Advisory Board of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
In addition to his experience at Ferris State, Cencer coached the 2009-2010 season with the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks organization.
Cencer, who is a competitive tri-athlete, and his wife, Anna, reside in Cadillac.