Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Wilkes Barre, Pa.- Wilkes University has hit another delay in its planned launch of men's and women's hockey programs. The Northeastern Pennsylvania based school has announced that it will delay the planned start of a women's hockey program from this upcoming Fall to the 2018-19 school year in a statement released by the University last week.
In that statement, the University cites a lower than anticipated roster size as the reason for the detour. Wilkes previously shifted the timeline of the men's hockey program to 2018-19 after their original head coach pick, Michael Young, remained at Westfield State as an associate coach. The men's program remains on the 2018-19 schedule following the hire of former Hobart player Brett Riley earlier this year. The women, meanwhile, will also need a second head coach hire as Stephanie Newmark is no longer in the school's directory.
When the programs are active, the Colonels will play in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference, with their home games housed at the Toyota Sportsplex at Coal Street. They will also activate the closest geographic rivalry game nationally in Division III hockey, with the campus of fellow upstart King's College just a short walk across the street from Wilkes.