David Lohrei has established a winning tradition in his five-year professional coaching odyssey and 20-year coaching career. Lohrei coached the Baton Rouge Kingfish for one and a half seasons, guiding the Kingfish to a team record 35 wins in 2000-01, and has spent time at every level of hockey.
Lohrei’s coaching career began in the early 1980s with Middleton High School in Wisconsin. He moved into the collegiate ranks working on the staffs at Wisconsin Whitewater and Miami (Ohio) University, and then became head coach of Sioux City in the United States Hockey League. Sioux City qualified for the postseason in each of his five seasons and twice advanced to the USHL Championship Game.
Lohrei entered the professional coaching ranks in 1997 when he led Nashville of the Central Hockey League to a 41-19-10 record, an improvement of 35 wins from the previous season. He became head coach of Fayetteville in 1998 and led the Force to the best regular-season record in the CHL.
Lohrei and his wife, Teri, have a daughter Veronica (2) and a son Mason (1).