Skidmore tabs Hutchison to lead program
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Saratoga Springs, NY -- After longtime Skidmore head coach Neil Sinclair resigned his post to begin a second stint as Middlebury's head coach, the Thoroughbreds have passed the torch to another familiar
face. Skidmore College announced today that 2007 graduate Rob Hutchison will return to the institution as their new head hockey coach.
Hutchison takes the helm at Skidmore after a six year run as head coach of his prep school Alma Mater, Trinity-Pawling School. A 2007 graduate of Skidmore, Hutchison starred in both hockey and baseball for the Thoroughbreds. On the ice, he appeared in 102 games, and rolled up 97 career points. He was scratched just once in his entire four year career, and led the team in total points during his sophomore and senior campaigns. Hutchison was an ECAC East Honorable Mention All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 30 points on 11 goals and 19 assists to pace the Thoroughbreds to a 16-8-2 record, their best under Sinclair.
On the diamond, Hutchison enjoyed an illustrious career. He helped Skidmore to two NCAA tournament appearances, and holds the NCAA Division III record for stolen bases in a game with seven. He was an All-Liberty League First Team selection in 2007.
Hutchison's exploits have twice earned him hall of fame honors at Skidmore. He was inducted in 2011 as part of the 2007 baseball team, and later enjoyed individual honors in 2014.
The Waterville, NY native inherits a squad that is slated to return 20 players, including all-conference forward Anthony Bird. The Thoroughbreds ended the 14-15 season with a record of 4-19-3.
Rider to coach Northland women
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ASHLAND, Wis. -- After spending the entirety of her young coaching career in the Northeast, Kelly Rider is heading west. Northland College has announced that Rider will be behind the bench as the first head coach of its newly formed women's ice hockey program.
"I am honored to be the first Women's Hockey coach at Northland College," Rider said in the school's release. "I want to thank President Miller, Kim Falkenhagen, Seamus Gregory, and the rest of the search committee for this unique opportunity to build a program and to be a part of a community and environment with so many great people. I am proud of Northland's dedication to their students and investment in athletics, specifically the hockey programs. I know future women's hockey players will feel the same way. I'm excited to get started and to lead a competitive and passionate women's hockey team that will experience success on and off the ice."
Rider returns to the NCAA Division III ranks after a one year stint as skating instructor at Albany Academy(NY). She was previously a NCAA Division III head coach for one season at Neumann University, guiding an underclassmen laden roster to a record of 6-17-2 in the 2013-2014 season and placing one player on the ECAC West All-Rookie team. Rider served as an assistant at Neumann for one year prior, helping to lead the Knights to an ECAC West semifinal appearance. Rider also occupied an assistant coach role at UMass-Boston during the 2008-2009 campaign.
As a player, Rider competed as a forward for Division I Quinnipiac. She appeared in 88 games for the Bobcats from 2003-2007 and graduated with a degree in Athletic Training. She also holds a Master's degree in Education from Boston University.
Rider will have a full year to fill out her roster, as the Lumberjills will begin play in the 2016-2017 season. It is expected that the women's program will join Northland's existing men's ice hockey program in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
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