Schneider hired as new Beacons' assistant

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By Seth Orensky, 
UMass Boston Athletics


BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's hockey has announced the hiring of Cory Schneider as a new men's hockey assistant coach. 

Schneider makes the short trip to UMass Boston from Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he spent the past two season as an assistant coach. While with the Leopard, Schneider was charged with planning and running practices, recruiting, breaking down film, and helping to run the team's strength and conditioning programs. 

"I'm super excited to have Cory on board," head coach Peter Belisle said. "The fact that he was a captain at a program like Ohio State University shows how good of a leader he already he is, and we think he's only going to continue to grow. He's going to be a valuable asset for our program." 

Schneider played his collegiate hockey at Division I Ohio State University. In four seasons with the Buckeyes, he played in 112 career games and recorded 10 goals and 12 assists. He was named a captain as a senior and earned the team's Most Improved Player Award during his junior campaign. 

After graduating from Ohio State University in 2012, Schneider went on to play professionally in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and the Central Hockey League (CHL). He played briefly with the Fort Wayne Comets and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, before joining the Forth Worth Brahmas (CHL) in 2013. 

"I am really excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the UMass Boston Hockey Program," Schneider said.  "Peter Belisle has done a fantastic job with the program and it is an honor to be a part of it.  I really like the players in our locker room and I can't wait to get the season started." 

Schneider will help fill the void of longtime assistant coach Sean Walsh. Walsh was named the new head coach at Division II Southern New Hampshire University in July.



King's College adds Ahern to women's staff

Courtesy of Bob Ziadie, King's College

WILKES-BARRE,Pa.— KIng's College women's ice hockey coach Jennifer Kindret has announced Megan Ahern as the new assistant coach of the Lady Monarchs.
Ahern joins an NCAA Division III program playing its first year of ice hockey this season as King's joins the newly-formed United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC). King's also holds membership in the Middle Atlantic Conference, which will begin sponsoring ice hockey this season.
Ahern recently graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY  where she was a four-year player competing in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), which is regarded as one of the top academic/athletic conferences in the nation.
"I am incredibly excited for the chance to coach at King’s alongside Coach Kindret," Ahern said. "It is a unique opportunity to come into a program and be able to build from the ground up. Our goal is to cultivate a hockey program that parallels the prestigious academics and community culture here at King’s."

As a forward, Ahern played in 99 career games and scored 38 points on 13 goals and 25 assists. As a senior in 2016-17, she played in 25 games and tallied 14 points on four goals and 10 assists. As a junior, she registered 11 points on 4 goals and 7 assists.
Ahern is a native of Oswego, NY and is a cum laude graduate of college preparatory boarding school, the Millbrook School.   
“I am thrilled to have Megan on board as our first ever women’s hockey assistant coach," Kindret stated.  "Her experiences and insight attending the Millbrook School and Hamilton College will instantly benefit our current and future players as well as our overall new program. She brings a great set of skills and eagerness to learn that will help develop our culture and excellence on the ice, in the classroom and community."          
King's will officially begin practice on October 16. The Lady Monarchs will play their first games November 3-4 at the Commonwealth Cup Tournament at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.


Grace to assist men's program at King's

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa.-King's College has announced the hiring of former Plattsburgh State player Michael Grace as an assistant coach for their first year men's program. The hiring was announced by Monarchs head coach Stephen Mallaro on Monday. 

"We are very excited to have Mike join us at King's College," Mallaro said in the school's release. "He comes from a tremendous hockey background, playing for a nationally-recognized college program and as a professional. He will bring a wealth of knowledge, both on and off the ice, to King's."

Grace migrates to Northeastern Pennsylvania following a four year professional career in the Southern Professional Hockey League. All four of those seasons were spent patrolling the blue line for the Mississippi Riverkings, and he posted 89 total points while skating in 223 games on defense during his professional tenure. 

Before embarking on his professional pursuits, Grace quickly established himself on the Division III radar as a four year player for head coach Bob Emery at Plattsburgh State. He was a member of three NCAA tournament teams, and two SUNYAC championship teams. He also made one appearance at the NCAA championship site in 2010 as a freshman for the Cardinals, and was a three time All-SUNYAC honoree and 2012 AHCA All-American. He wrapped up his academic career at Plattsburgh with a degree in Business Administration, and played in 105 games for Emery while earning that degree. 

As Grace re-enters the college ranks as a coach, he further conveys the excitement surrounding the debut of Northeastern Pennsylvania's newest endeavor into college hockey.

"I am extremely excited to join Coach Mallaro, the King's College community, the new men's ice hockey program," Grace said in the school's release.  "It's a great opportunity for not only me, but everyone involved from the top down.  I look forward to helping develop King's Hockey into a winning program and hopefully get the chance to compete for a UCHC title and a national championship.

King's College will compete in the newly formed United Collegiate Hockey Conference this fall, and will play their inaugural contest on October 27th in a non league tilt against Brockport, which will also be the team's home opener. 

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