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COACHES

CLAUDE MORIN
Athletic Director - Cegep Andre-Laurendeau
Apex Sports Camp Director - Clarkson Alumni 1995

 
Claude Morin was named Athletic Director at Andre-Laurendeau in March 2010. His objective is to bring recognition to its athletic department and to build the hockey program into one of the best in the country. In only nine years the men’s hockey team won three provincial championships in 2018, 2017 and 2013, they also reached the final in 2014 and 2015. The Boomerang also added a new women’s hockey program in 2014-2015. 

Morin retired from professional hockey in May 2009, after a 14 year career in Europe and North America, winning two Allan Cups (National champions) in 2002 & 2004, one Bolton Cup (Eastern Canadian champions) in 2002 with the St-Georges Garaga, a Futura Cup as NAHL playoff champions in his final season in 2009 with Pont-Rouge, he also won the Guy Lafleur trophy as the NAHL scoring leader in 2002-2003

A graduate of Clarkson University in communications, Morin enjoyed a successful college career as a forward scoring 208 points over his 4 years at Kent State and Clarkson. Morin was named team MVP in his freshman and junior season at Kent State and led the Golden Flashes in scoring in each of his three seasons from 1991 to 1994. His 59 points as a sophomore placed him 15th in the nation and 5th in CCHA scoring. He also earned honorable mention on the CCHA All-Academic Team as a sophomore and was named team captain as a junior.

In his last season at Clarkson, he helped the Golden Knights capture first place in the ECAC before losing to Lake Superior State in the NCAA tournament. Morin earned ECAC honorable mention and was the recipient of the Paul J. Pilon memorial award given to the senior who has excelled both as a student and a hockey player. He also took part in the 1995 Shrine East/West senior all-star classic.

Prior to college, he played junior hockey for the Notre-Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan.

A native of Sainte-Marie de Beauce, Qc, Morin lives in St-Jean sur Richelieu with his girlfriend Manon and has a daughter Yamila and two sons Eliott and Yohan.

NORM BAZIN
Head Coach - UMASS Lowell University - Hockey East

Norm Bazin enters his 12th season as head coach of the River Hawk ice hockey program in 2022-23. He has led the River Hawks to six NCAA Tournament bids (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2022), in addition to three Hockey East Tournament Championships (2013, 2014, 2017), two Hockey East regular-season titles (2013, 2017) and one Frozen Four appearance (2013). He also guided the team to five consecutive Hockey East Championship Game appearances (2013-2017) and has compiled seven, 20-win seasons since taking over at the helm of the program in the fall of 2011.
 
Bazin owns a 236-130-36 record (.632 win%) in his 11 seasons as the River Hawks’ head coach. He is the second winningest coach in the program's history, behind Bill Riley with 363 wins. His .632 win percentage ranks fourth in the country among active coaches with at least 100 wins. He has posted a 138-87-27 record in Hockey East regular-season play in his time at UMass Lowell, which ranks first among active Hockey East coaches and second all-time behind only Jerry York (160-72-25). In Hockey East Tournament action, Bazin boasts a 24-13-0, once again taking the top spot among active coaches in the league.  
 
Throughout his coaching career, Bazin has coached 15 All-Americans, 36 All-League Players and 29 players who have played in the National Hockey League. More recently, eight of his players at UMass Lowell have gone onto play at the top level, including Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck, Chad Ruhwedel, C.J. Smith, Michael Kapla, Christian Folin, Scott Wilson, Joe Gambardella and Kevin Boyle. Ruhwedel, Wilson and Hainsey also have their names etched on the Stanley Cup, as part of the Pittsburgh Penguins teams that won titles in 2016 and 2017.
 
In 2012-13, Bazin guided UMass Lowell (28-11-2 overall, 16-9-2 in Hockey East) to a historic season, which included several firsts: the Hockey East regular-season and tournament championships, the NCAA Tournament Northeast Region Championship, as well as the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four. Along the way, Bazin was named the Hockey East Coach of the Year for the second straight year, as well as the recipient of the Spencer Penrose Award for Division I Men's Coach of the Year.
 
Bazin’s 19-win increase in his inaugural 2011-12 campaign from 2010-11 set an NCAA Division I record for largest turnaround by a first-year head coach.
 
He was named the sixth head coach in UMass Lowell’s history on April 21, 2011. His return to the university came after three successful seasons as head coach at Hamilton College, and eight years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Colorado College.
 
Bazin was a forward on the hockey team at UMass Lowell from 1990-94 playing for legendary coach Bill Riley and Bruce Crowder. He also served as an assistant coach for the River Hawks from 1996-2000 under then head coach Tim Whitehead, helping to guide the River Hawks to Hockey East Tournament semifinal appearances in 1997 and 1998. He was integral in recruiting standouts, such as All-American and NHL veteran Ron Hainsey, as well as Hockey East all-star Brad Rooney (`01); Yorick Treille ('02) and Laurent Meunier ('02), both members of the French Olympic squad at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
 
Bazin received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in just three and a half years at UMass Lowell and earned his master's degree in education administration in 1999. A native of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba, he played professionally for the Birmingham Bulls (ECHL) and the Cincinnati Cyclones (IHL) in 1994-95.
 
Bazin has two sons, Blake and Coleston. He resides in Windham, N.H.

ALFIE MICHAUD
Assistant Coach - Maine University - Hockey East

Michaud, who spent the 2016-17 season as a volunteer goaltending coach with the Black Bears, was promoted to a full-time assistant coaching role on May 26, 2017.

During his first season as a full-time assistant coach, Jeremy Swayman joined the Black Bears as an incoming freshman. Michaud guided Swayman throughout his 100 career games.
 
The Anchorage, Alaska native earned a closet full of accolades during his time with Michaud:
 

  • Six Hockey East weekly awards (Rookie, Defensive, and Player) and one Hockey East Rookie of the Month honor during the 2017-18 season
  • Hockey East Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team
  • Four Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week awards during the 2018-19 season
  • Hockey East Third Team All-Star
  • Three Hockey East weekly awards (Defensive and Player) and one Goaltender of the Month honor during the 2019-20 season
  • 68th Walter Brown Award Winner
  • Hockey East First Team All-Star and Stop It Goaltending Goaltender of the Year
  • First Maine Goaltender to be named Hockey East Player of the Year
  • Named First Team All-American
  • Won the Seventh Mike Richter Award
  • One of the Three Finalists for the Hobey Baker Award

 
Swayman finished the 2017-18 regular season with the league's third-best save percentage at .921, a number that placed him fourth nationally among rookie netminders and 17th overall. Swayman went 15-12-3 in his first season in Orono, earning the most wins by a Maine freshman goaltender since Ben Bishop went 21-8-2 in his rookie season. He had 17 games that year in which he made 30-plus saves. In Maine's two-game set at Quinnipiac on Dec. 8 and 9, Swayman registered 50 saves in a 7-4 win on Friday and another 45 saves in a 5-3 win on Saturday for a weekend total of 95. It was the highest single-weekend save total for a Maine goaltender since Alfie Michaud made 93 saves (51, 42) in January 1998. He was the only player during the 2017-18 season to have earned at least one Rookie, Player and Defensive Player of the Week award.
 
The Anchorage, Alaska native completed his sophomore season with 35 games played, a .919 save percentage, a 2.77 GAA, and 14 wins. Swayman eclipsed the 30-save mark 19 times during the season. His season high of 53 saves came in the Alfond against #2 UMass and Cale Maker. The sophomore led the Black Bears to a 4-3 victory against the eventual national runners-up.
 
During the 2019-20 Hockey East regular season, Swayman led the league in saves (782), save percentage (.932), tied for the lead in shutouts (3), while his 12 wins in Hockey East tied for second. The junior's 782 saves in conference action was the 10th-most of any goaltender in league history and the highest single-season total since 2010-11. Overall, Swayman carried a record of 18-11-5, led the NCAA in saves with a Maine school-record 1,099 stops, and posted a .939 save percentage (second in the country). Swayman was just the fifth Black Bear to earn Top Goaltending league honors and the first since Jimmy Howard did so in 2004.
 
Swayman is now the back-up goaltender for the Boston Bruins. In his 10 starts for the Bruins, Swayman posted a 7-3 record, a 1.50 GAA, and a .945 save percentage. He also won eight games for the Providence Bruins and was named an Atlantic Division All-Star.

During his playing days with the Black Bears, Michaud helped guide the University of Maine to its second NCAA National Championship in 1999, earning the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player accolade and an NCAA All-Tournament team recognition. In 1998 Michaud was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament team.

Following his graduation from the University of Maine in 1999, Michaud spent parts of 16 years in as a goaltender in the professional ranks, including stints with the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks and the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch and Manitoba Moose.

Aside from his playing career, Michaud has built an impressive coaching and mentoring resume. Since 2010, he has been the owner and coach of Dream Catcher's Hockey which offers private coaching and clinics. Michaud spent a year as the head coach of the U18 Portland Junior Pirates before being named goalie coach for the Portland Pirates in 2014. He spent a year with Portland's AHL club before opening RISE Sport Testing, a developmental testing agency for schools and various sports. Michaud is also a member of NHL Native Alumni Association.


TY EIGNER
Head Coach - Bowling Green University - WCHA

 
Ty Eigner was named the eighth Head Coach of the Bowling Green Falcon Hockey program on April 20, 2019. A 1993 graduate of BGSU who has spent the previous nine years as an assistant coach for the Falcons, Eigner has accumulated almost 25 years of coaching and administrative experience, playing three years at the professional level.
 
“I am incredibly humbled and very proud that President Rodney Rogers, Bob Moosbrugger and Jim Elsasser have the confidence in me to be the next head coach of the hockey program,” Eigner said. “I was fortunate to play for the winningest coach in college hockey history, Jerry York, and now I get the chance to lead this program. Bowling Green has an incredible hockey history. I am confident that with the continued hard work of our student-athletes and a coaching staff dedicated to teaching and development, we will take the next steps toward being a championship program.”
 
Eigner will be formally introduced in a press conference Tuesday at 1:30 pm, held on the second level of the Stroh Center. The press conference will be streamed live on BGSUFalcons.com.
 
“We are thrilled to announce Ty Eigner as the next head hockey coach at Bowling Green State University,” Moosbrugger said. “Ty has earned this opportunity to lead our hockey program. His passion for BGSU, the hockey program and the BG community is clear and abundant. His vision for taking the program forward is inspiring. We consistently heard about his recruiting, his work ethic, his teaching ability and the strong connections throughout hockey, Bowling Green and the BGSU community. We look forward to many years of continued excellence in the hockey program under Ty’s leadership.”
 
In Eigner’s nine-year tenure as an assistant coach, the Falcon Hockey program has risen back to national prominence, posting an overall record of 171-154-44. This includes winning seasons in each of the past six years and a current stretch of five straight 20+ win campaigns. The Falcons have finished in the top three of the WCHA regular season standings five times and have advanced to the WCHA Tournament Championship game twice in the past three years. In 2018-19, the program tallied the most wins since the 1995-96 season by going 25-11-6. This earned Bowling Green an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since Eigner was a player in 1990.
 
“BGSU hockey is an important asset to our community,” President Rodney Rogers said. “Coming off of our first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1990, it is important to continue the positive momentum. Ty Eigner has been instrumental in the rise of our program and has earned his appointment to Head Coach. We look forward to continued success on the ice, in the community and in the classroom.”
 
With his experience as a defenseman from his playing days, Eigner has helped guide nine freshmen classes, aiding heavily in the development of the defensive corps. BGSU has continued to rely heavily on Eigner’s strengths, as BGSU led the country in team defense in 2018-19 with a 1.78 goals against average. That 1.78 GAA is a stark contrast from the from the 3.77 goals against average in the year prior to his arrival. In his first year, the Falcons improved by almost a goal allowed per game, to 2.94. Since that time, the program has allowed less than 3.00 goals per game in all nine of his seasons, and has improved to fewer than 2.50 goals against average in each of the past five seasons.
 
Under Eigner’s tutelage, defensemen Mark Friedman, a third-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Nolan Valleau were both named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 2014-15. Friedman was the WCHA co-Rookie of the Year and went on to All-WCHA Second Team honors in 2016-17 prior to signing a professional contract. Alec Rauhauser also earned the accolade for his success in the 2016-17 campaign and then took another step forward in 2017-18, being named AHCA/CCM Hockey Men’s Division I Second Team All-American and the WCHA Defenseman of the Year. Friedman has since made his NHL debut with the Flyers, while former Falcon blueliner Sean Walker has debuted with the LA Kings. Walker played in 39 games with the Kings in 2018-19, scoring 10 points.
 
Prior to his return to the Orange and Brown, Eigner completed a two-year stint as an associate coach for the boy’s hockey program at Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota. While there, Eigner helped lead the Eagles to the Minnesota AA state championship, and was named State AA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009. Thirty young men coached by Eigner went on to play collegiate or junior hockey.

Between 1996 and 2008, Eigner led two Minnesota high school hockey programs, receiving recognition as an outstanding head coach at both stops. Between 1996 and 1999, he headed the Rosemount High School (Rosemount, Minn.) hockey program, and was named the Section 5AA Coach of the Year for the 1997-98 season. In 1999, Eigner moved on to coach Brainerd High School (Brainerd, Minn.), where he was named the Section 7AA Coach of the Year for the 2005-06 season.

The Minnesota Hockey Coaches also honored Eigner with the Dave Peterson Award in his final season (2007-08) with the Warriors. From 1999 to 2008, Eigner served as a full-time instructor for Minnesota Hockey Camps, as well as the Hockey Director for the Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association. He also coached and evaluated within USA Hockey 15 & 17 National camps, a position held since 2005.

Eigner served as Bowling Green’s captain for the 1992-93 season, and was a member of the program’s last two NCAA tournament teams prior to the 2018-19 season. Eigner’s playing career at Bowling Green spanned 123 games, where he had a line of four goals, nine assists and 13 points. He played under Falcon coaching legend Jerry York, and as captain in 1992-1993, led the team to an 11-game turnaround, as well as a five-game improvement in CCHA play from the year before.

Eigner and his wife, Erika, reside in Bowling Green with their three children -- Peter, Ellie and Kate.

Josh Hauge
Head Coach - Union College - ECAC

Josh Hauge was named the 22nd head coach of the Union College men’s hockey program on April 15, 2022 and will begin his first season in Schenectady in 2022-23.
 
Hauge is the seventh head coach in the program’s Division I era, which began in 1991.

“We are incredibly excited to have Josh Hauge as the next head coach of our men’s hockey program at Union College,” McLaughlin said. “Josh stood out among an impressive pool of candidates given his experience at multiple levels of junior and collegiate hockey as well as his vision for the future of this program.” 

Hauge finished his seventh season on the bench at fellow ECAC Hockey member Clarkson University in 2021-22, including the last three years as the associate head coach alongside Casey Jones. In that time, Hauge played a large role in recruiting and player development for the Golden Knights, helping Clarkson post five 20-win seasons, capture the 2019 Whitelaw Cup as the ECAC Hockey Tournament champions, and appear in two NCAA Tournaments.
 
Before his time in the North Country, Hauge spent four seasons in the USHL, first as the head coach and general manager of the Tri-City Storm before assuming the roles of assistant coach and director of scouting for the Fargo Force. He also previously coached the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL for five years as well, compiling a 131-58-45 record (.656) that included the 2011 Robertson Cup.
 
Hauge played collegiately at Division III Bethel University, appearing in 76 games over three seasons for the Royals.
 
A native of Rosemount, Minn., Hauge will be joined in the Capital Region by his wife, Allison, and two sons, Hanley and Landry.


DAVE NOËL-BERNIER
Assistant Coach - Omaha University - NCHC

 
Dave Noel-Bernier joined the Omaha hockey staff as an assistant coach in April of 2017.

Noel-Bernier was an original Maverick, playing forward in the first four years of the program.  The native of Montmagny, Quebec appeared in 138 games for UNO, scoring 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points.  He was a two-time CCHA Scholar Athlete, graduating from UNO with a degree in exercise science in 2001.

Noel-Bernier spent the 2015-17 hockey seasons as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings, working with players both on-ice and in video sessions.  He was responsible for skill development, scouting reports of opponents and both in-game and post-game breakdown of video.

After graduation, Noel-Bernier spent six seasons as a professional player in North America and Germany.  He returned to his alma mater in 2007 and served as the Director of Hockey Operations and Assistant Strength Coach for three seasons.  In 2010, he joined the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL as an assistant coach and Assistant General Manager, working three seasons there as both an on-ice coach and in recruiting.

Noel-Bernier spent the 2013-14 season as the hockey director of the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Blades Association before returning to coaching as an assistant coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.  Among other duties there, he ran the team's power play and coached the forwards.

JOE HOWE
Assistant Coach - Yale University - ECAC - IVY LEAGUE

Joe Howe, a goalie at Colorado College who went on to win a national championship on the staff of the University of Denver, joined the Yale Men’s Hockey Team as an assistant in July of 2021.

Howe spent the previous three winters at Alaska-Fairbanks, where he worked with all three positions as well as the power play for the Nanooks.

Prior to UAF, he spent three seasons with Denver, serving as the team's volunteer assistant coach and goalie coach from August of 2015 through July 2017 before being promoted to the Director of Hockey Operations for the 2017-18 season.

Howe helped the Pioneers claim the 2017 NCAA Championship after winning the NCHC regular season title. Denver made it to the 2016 Frozen Four and won the 2018 NCHC Tournament.

While working as the goalie coach for DU, his netminders improved in goals against average, save percentage, games played and wins from the previous seasons. Howe coached Tanner Jaillet, who was the 2017 Mike Richter Award winner, the NCHC Goalie of the Year and a second-team All-American.

A goaltender from Plymouth, Minn., Howe played four seasons with Colorado College from 2009-2013. He appeared in 119 career games with the Tigers and is currently ranked third in career saves at CC. Howe was a three-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) All-Academic Team selection before graduating with a bachelor's degree in mathematical economics in May of 2013.

From 2013-2015, Howe played professionally in the Central Hockey League (CHL), the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL).


STEPHEN WIEDLER
Assistant Coach - Vermont University - Hockey East

Wiedler was named an Assistant Coach at the University of Vermont ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

An Assistant Coach from 2015-2018 at AIC, Wiedler earned the title of Associate Head Coach in his final year (2019-2020). His responsibilities included being the recruiting coordinator, running the penalty kill, and developing the defense.
 
As the recruiting coordinator at AIC, Wiedler helped build the 2018-19 and 2019-20 AIC teams that won back-to-back Atlantic Hockey Conference (AHC) regular season championships. During his tenure at AIC recruiting highlights included AIC's first Division I All-American, the 2020 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award Winner, the 2020 AHC Goaltending Champion, the 2019 Atlantic Hockey Tournament Most Outstanding Player, the 2019 AHC Scoring Champion, the 2018 AHC Rookie of the Year, 11 AHC All-Conference selections, AIC's all-time points leader, AIC's all-time defenseman scoring leader, AIC's wins and shutouts leader, and two AIC Valedictorians.

Under Wiedler's tutelage, the team's defense had great success, allowing a mere 52 goals in 28 AHC games during the 2019-20 campaign, the fewest in AIC's history and second-fewest in AHC history. Furthermore, AIC defenseman saw a 275% increase in goals scored, a 77% increase in assists, and a 95% increase in total points during that time. A key to the defensive success was the team's penalty kill, which under Wiedler's direction operated at a program-best 89% making it the fourth ranked penalty kill in the nation in 2019-2020.

Wiedler, a native of Farmingville, New York, spent two seasons as an assistant coach at DIII Curry College in Milton, MA prior to his time at AIC.  He had a two-year professional playing career with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League and played collegiately at the University of Southern Maine, graduating in 2011 as team captain with a degree in history.

MARK PHALON
Associate Head Coach - Niagara University - Atlantic Hockey

Mark Phalon joined the Niagara University men's hockey staff as associate head coach prior to the 2020-21 season.

Phalon is moving back east following a two-year stint on the coaching staff at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Prior to working with the Seawolves, he spent three seasons at Hobart College in Geneva, New York. Phalon's resume also boasts work with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the AHL's Toronto Marlies, and St. Lawrence University.

​Phalon graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY-Potsdam in 2007 and a master's degree in educational leadership from St. Lawrence in 2008.


MIKE AIKENS
Assistant Coach - St-Lawrence University, ECAC

Aikens joined the St. Lawrence men's hockey staff as an assistant coach in September 2022

Aikens joins the Scarlet and Brown after spending last season as the head coach of the Anchorage Wolverines in the NAHL. The Rochester, Minnesota native led the team to a 33-19-4 regular season record and an 8-2 record in the Robertson Cup Playoffs, where the team advanced to the league finals.

Aikens has extensive coaching experience at the junior level coaching in the USHL, NAHL, and BCHL. He served as a head coach for the Rochester Mustangs, Billings Bulls, Williams Lake Timberwolves, Omaha Lancers, and the Alaska Wolverines, and has been an assistant coach for the Omaha Lancers, Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks, Chicago Steel, and the Topeka Roadrunners.

A 2013 graduate of Bellevue University, Aikens played for the University of Denver for 27 games scoring five goals and tallying four assists his freshman year before being suffering an injury and being forced to pivot into a student coaching role with the Pioneers.


CHRIS BROOKS
Assistant Coach - Clarkson University, ECAC

Clarkson added Chris Brooks to the staff in the summer of 2022.  Chris will be joining Clarkson after six seasons at Michigan Tech of the CCHA and is a coach with a extensive experience at the professional and collegiate level both as a Head Coach and Assistant Coach.

"I am really excited to add Chris to our staff here at Clarkson. He comes with a wealth of experience and has had success wherever he has coached." said The Leonard S. Ceglarski Head Men's Hockey Head Coach, Casey Jones, "Our current players are going to be able to tap into his experience for their own development and the development of our team.  I love the fact that he has close ties to our recruiting backyard and has a great feel for the identity of our program. Excited to get him and Jeanine to Potsdam."

From 2017-18 season to the 2021-22 season, Brooks was the Assistant Men's Hockey Coach at Michigan Tech, where he played an integral role in recruiting, special teams, specifically the power play and the team's defensive corps.  In his time at Michigan Tech, the Huskies, have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and 2022 (would have qualified in 2020 had the season not been shut down) and won a WCHA Title also in 2018.  Last season Michigan Tech split two games here at Cheel with the Golden Knights.

As a Head Coach, Brooks won the 2016 NCAA Div. III National Championship with University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where he coached from 2011- 2017.

In 2013-14 and 2014-15 he led UW-Stevens Point to back to back national runner-up finishes in its first appearance in the NCAA Division III postseason in 16 years. The berth in the Frozen Four in 2013-14 was the first for the Pointers since 1998. In 2013-14 the Pointers recorded a 22-6-2 record and the 22 wins were the most by a UWSP team since 1999-2000 and then again in 2014-15 the Pointers had a 23-7-1 record.  Brooks and the Pointers won the WIAC Championship in 2015-16 for the programs first time since 1993 and won it again in 2016-17.  

Brooks was honored for his success by being named a finalist for the Edward Jeremiah Award, given to the Division III Coach of the Year in 2014, 2015, and 2016 compiling a record of 67-18-5 over those three seasons.  Brooks was named the WIAC Co-Coach of the Year in 2015-16 and the USCHO.com Division III Coach of the Year that same season.

His Head Coaching experience also extended into professional hockey, where he coached the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League from 2008 to 2011

Brooks got his start in coaching at Western Michigan from 1999 to 2008, where he started as an Assistant Coach and then was named Associate Head Coach.  Brooks also played for the Broncos from the 1992-93 season thru to the 1995-96 campaign.  He was the CCHA Rookie of the Year in 1993, Asst. Captain in his Sr. season and finished as the Broncos 8th all-time leading scorer with 184 points.  Brooks also played professionally after Western Michigan for the Amarillo Rattlers of the CHL/WPHL where he was named WPHL League MVP in 1997, and for Mobile in the ECHL.  He also saw playoff action in the AHL with Springfield.  

Brooks, originally from Stratford, Ontario, received his MA in Communication in 2007 and a BA in Organizational Communication in 1996 both from Western Michigan University.


JUNIOR LESSARD
Hobey Baker winner 2004 - University of Minnesota Duluth - NCHC

 
Junior Lessard from Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he led the NCAA with 32 goals and 63 points during the 2003-04 season. He also led the WCHA in the same categories with 19 goals and 39 points in conference play.  Lessard is the fourth player from the University of Minnesota Duluth to win the Hobey Baker Award. 

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award annually honors the top player in Division I college hockey in the U.S. The first round of balloting, done by all 58 Division I college coaches and a fan ballot, determined the top ten finalists. The Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists was senior goalie Yann Danis of Brown University and sophomore forward Zach Parise of the University of North Dakota. Junior Lessard is the only player from the Province of Quebec and the ninth Canadian to win this prestigious award.  

Lessard was selected to the All-WCHA First Team andwas honored with the illustrious award of WCHA Player of the Year for 2003-04. Lessard helped the Bulldogs advance to the Frozen Four for the first time in 11years. He was rewarded for his efforts by being named to the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team.

After graduation Junior Lessard played with the Dallas Stars, Atlanta Trashers, as well the New York Islanders organization.  He also skated in Europe for SM-Liiga team Ilves and the Augsburg Panthers of the DEL. 

His pro career took him to Idaho where he played with the Steel heads of the ECHL and back to Quebec with the Thetford Mines Isothermic of the NAHL where he won the CANAM Cup in 2013 before retiring. Lessard is now an english teacher, he also owns a hockey school and is an assistant coach with the Polyvalente Veilleux Juvenile D1 hockey team in his hometown.
 

NEIL SINCLAIR
Head Coach - Middleburry College, NESCAC

Sinclair took over the reins of the men’s hockey program in the spring of 2015. He came to Middlebury from Skidmore, where he served in the same role for 10 seasons. The former Panther All-American was Middlebury’s interim head coach in 2002–03, after serving three seasons as an assistant coach for the recently retired Bill Beaney. Sinclair is just the fourth men’s hockey coach at Middlebury since 1946.

Sinclair recently completed his 10th season behind the bench at Skidmore. In his second season with the Thoroughbreds, his team finished third in the ECAC East/NESCAC interlock and hosted a first-round postseason tournament game. Sinclair led the team to the ECAC semifinals three times and was named the league’s Coach of the Year in 2006–07. He was also a finalist for the Edward Jeremiah Award as the National Coach of the Year.

While at Skidmore, Sinclair obtained his Master of Arts degree in 2011. As part of his master’s work, Sinclair published a piece in The International Journal of Sports and Society titled “Building a Collegiate Athletic Leadership Model for NCAA Teams,” which he wrote with Tim Harper and Jeff Segrave in 2014.

As a player at Middlebury, the senior defenseman was a first-team All-American and ECAC selection in 1993. He began his coaching career at Middlebury Union High School, leading the team to the 1996 State Championship.
He returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach from 1999–2002, serving as the team’s interim head coach in 2002–03 while Beaney was on sabbatical. That season, Sinclair guided the team to a 22-5-2 record with a trip to the NCAA final four. The Panthers also finished first in the NESCAC and advanced to the league’s championship game. Following the season, he was again named a finalist for the Edward Jeremiah Award. 
The following season, Sinclair moved to Williams College, where he served as head coach of the women’s hockey program for two seasons prior to arriving at Skidmore.

Sinclair is an active member of USA Hockey and has worked the National Festival at the 14–16 level for the boys and the National 14 Festival for the girls. He has been a speaker at USA Hockey Programs of Merit and numerous coaching symposia for the New England and New York districts. He has also served on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee.


ED HARDING
Head Coach - Southern Maine University, NEHC

The seventh head coach in the 40-year history of the University of Southern Maine men’s ice hockey program, Ed Harding, was named head coach in April 2015 after taking over as interim head coach at the midway point of the 2014-15 season.  Harding is a former USM player (1985-88) and assistant coach (1993-96).

Harding has an impressive coaching background.  His most recent stint was as head coach at North Yarmouth Academy (2010-11).  Prior to his time at NYA, Harding had a six-year run with the Lewiston Maineiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  He began his association with the Maineiacs as an assistant coach for two seasons (2003-05) before moving into the dual role of assistant general manager/assistant coach for the next two seasons (2005-07).  Harding served as the Maineiacs head coach and general manager for two years (2007-09).

Harding began his coaching career in 1989 filling the head coaching position at Greely High School (Cumberland, Maine) for four seasons (1989-93).  He came back to USM as an assistant coach for three seasons. (1993-96).  In 1996, Harding became the first coach and general manager of the Flagstaff Mountaineers (WSJHL), guiding the Mountaineers to two league championships and a combined 66-10-3 record.  Harding also had coaching stints with the Portland Pirates (volunteer assistant, 1998-99), Arkansas Riverblades (assistant coach, 1999-2000) and the Tulsa Crude (head coach; 2001-02).

A three-time captain for the Huskies, Harding played two seasons (1985-87) for former coach Gordie Clark and one season under Jeff Beaney (1987-88).  During his three seasons wearing a Huskies jersey, Harding scored 37 goals and dished out 33 assists for 70 points.  He was inducted into the Husky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.  After his playing days at USM, Harding split one professional season between the Maine Mariners and the Johnstown Chiefs (1988-89).


SEAN HOGAN
Guess Speaker, Director of Athlete Relations, College Hockey Inc.

 
Sean Hogan joined College Hockey Inc. in October 2019 and serves as the organization’s Director of Athlete Relations. Hogan, a native of Waterford, Mich., leads College Hockey Inc.’s efforts to promote NCAA hockey to talented young players and their families.

“Sean’s passion for the college hockey experience is obvious the moment you meet him,” College Hockey Inc. Executive Director Mike Snee said. “He comes highly recommended from many people involved in college hockey including several current coaches. We were fortunate to have several strong candidates interested in joining College Hockey Inc. but Sean stood out and we are looking forward to his contributions.”

Hogan came to College Hockey Inc. with an extensive coaching background, having served as an American Collegiate Hockey Association head coach at Ohio University (2014-19), Arizona (2011-14) and Oakland (2005-09). He served on the coaching staff of USA Hockey’s Men’s National University Team three times, including as head coach in 2017, and was the volunteer assistant coach with Western Michigan in 2010-11.

Hogan played college hockey at Iona (1996-97) and graduated from Michigan State in 2001. He earned his master’s degree from Ohio in 2016.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Mike Snee, Nate Ewell and College Hockey Inc.,” Hogan said. “Their passion for college hockey is evident, and the work we will do with CHI is of vital importance to growing college hockey. I can’t wait to get started.”

Hogan is based out of the offices of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Mich.

Hogan may be reached by email at shogan@collegehockeyinc.com or on Twitter @coach_hogan.
 

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