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2016-09-20 Castleton hires Silengo, Fimiani to lead programs. Earlier this offseason, Castleton lost both of their head coaches within a week. Today, they announced both hires at once. Manhattanville grad Bill Silengo and Daniel Webster coach DJ Fimiani will lead the Spartan programs.

2016-09-09 Haun returns to Plymouth State, will lead women's program Former Plymouth State player Mykul Haun will return to his alma mater as the replacement for departed coach Ashley Kilstein.

2016-08-23 Lacour moves back east to lead Johnson and Wales Former Salem State player and Williams assistant James LaCour now gets a chance to run a program of his own at Johnson and Wales.

2016-08-17 Joe Burcar returns to lead Finlandia men Burcar, the first head coach in program history who led Finlandia from 2002-09 and remains the winningest coach in school history, rejoins the Lions as their new bench boss. Photo: Finlandia Athletics

2016-08-13 Noack tapped to replace Rolli at UMass Dartmouth Erik Noack, who has coached Johnson and Wales for over a decade, will now attempt to fill the shoes of one of the winningest coaches in Division III history at UMass Dartmouth.

2016-08-11 Moffat leaves Castleton, will return to Plattsburgh Castleton head coach Steve Moffat has stepped down from that position to return to Bob Emery's staff at Plattsburgh.

2016-08-10 Kindret grabs control for King's women Jen Kindret, an assistant at Division I Lindenwood, will serve as the inaugural women's coach at King's College.

2016-08-04 Chartrand elevated at Becker After spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach for the Hawks, Michael Chartrand has been promoted to the position of head coach, a post previously held by the late Steve Hoar.

2016-07-26 Nguyen named interim men's coach at Marian Saint Mary's graduate and former Marian assistant Lincoln Nguyen has been named interim men's head coach of the Sabres. Photo: Marian Athletics

2016-07-07 Mallaro in the drivers' seat for King's men As King's College begins to build its Men's program, the school turns to a first time head coach with an established name in Division III. Former Oswego State defenseman Stephen Mallaro, an assistant at Brockport, will be first to guide the Monarchs.

2016-06-15 Menard takes the lead at Lebanon Valley Lebanon Valley College finally has a head coach for its inaugural women's campaign this fall, as former Boston University Terrier and Syracuse Orange skater Isabel Menard will get the first crack at running the Dutchmen bench.

2016-06-09 Kimball to Guide Aurora Women Former Lake Forest player and coach Grant Kimball is back in the Windy City Metro, this time as the first women's coach at Aurora.

2016-06-08 Callan first to lead Chatham men The first Division III men's program to form in the greater Pittsburgh area has its first head coach as of Tuesday, with former Potsdam assistant Michael Callan due to lead the charge.

2016-05-27 Eaves returns to Division III roots as St. Olaf head coach St. Olaf has brought in perhaps the most recognizable name among this year's coaching hires, as former Wisconsin Badger coach Mike Eaves will lead the Ole men.

2016-05-23 Boak takes charge of Canton men After head coach Trevor Gilligan's departure, Canton turns to assistant Alex Boak to steer their men's program.

2016-05-19 UMass-Dartmouth's Rolli to retire After 32 years, over 500 wins, and 4 NCAA tournament appearances, John Rolli steps down from the Corsair bench this summer.

2016-05-16 Todd, Hofman named first head coaches at Trine Trine University has named former Castleton coach Alex Todd its men's head coach, while Tom Hofman has been tapped to lead the Thunder women. Both programs will begin play in 2017.

2016-05-12 McKenna tapped to lead UW-Superior men Castleton alum Rich McKenna has been named new head coach of the UW-Superior men's team, it was announced on Wednesday.

2016-05-11 Bowdoin promotes Jamie Dumont to head coach Dumont, previously an assistant at Bowdoin under the recently retired Terry Meaghar, has been promoted to head coach of the Polar Bears.

2016-05-03 Murphy to Remain Head Coach at Buffalo State After leading the Bengals to a school-record 15 wins, Buffalo State head coach Steve Murphy has the interim tag removed, and will be back behind the bench for next season.

2016-04-28 Bloomingburg to lead Aurora Men Aurora turns to a new face to guide their fledgling men's program in their third season.

2016-02-26 Men's head coach Dan Stauber steps down at UW-Superior Stauber is stepping down after 16 seasons behind the Yellowjackets' bench, it was announced on Friday. Photo: UW-Superior

August 30, 2016

Wilkes University adds men's and women's hockey

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The list of Division III ice hockey-playing institution keeps on growing as Wilkes University will be adding both men's and women's programs, it was announced on Tuesday.

"Adding men's and women's ice hockey to Wilkes University's NCAA Division III sports roster helps fulfill several strategic initiatives," University President Patrick F. Leahy said. "It will attract talented students both nationally and internationally and allow us to work with an outstanding community partner like the Penguins. Their commitment to growing ice hockey in the community ensures Wilkes's program will be exceptional."

The Colonels will begin play in the 2017-18 season and their addition run the total number of varsity offerings by the university to 23. The men's team will become just the fourth Division III team within the state of Pennsylvania, while the women will become the fifth to call the Keystone State home.

Wilkes has formed a loose affiliation with the American Hockey League's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins organization that will allow it's programs to practice and play at the Toyota SportsPlex at Coal Street Park.

"The Penguins are looking forward to helping Wilkes University develop a successful and prominent program in Division III hockey," said Jeff Barrett, chief executive officer of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. "They have been a leader both academically and athletically in Northeast Pennsylvania. Adding Colonels hockey to the Toyota SportsPlex along with other youth programs such as the Junior Pens and Wyoming Seminary teams will allow children in the community to pursue their hockey dreams throughout their formative years and into adulthood."

Potential conference affiliations were not mentioned for the Colonels, whose primary affiliation is with the Middle Atlantic Conference. A national search for the program's inaugural head coaches is set to begin immediately.

 

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August 23, 2016

Lacour moves back east to lead Johnson and Wales

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Providence, RI- After spending a season away from Division III hockey as an assistant coach at Bemidji State, former Division III goaltender and coach James LaCour is home again. Johnson and Wales today announced the hiring of LaCour as the fifth head coach of the school's men's hockey program. LaCour replaces Erik Noack, who left the Wildcats to fill the vacancy left by John Rolli's retirement at UMass Dartmouth.

 “We are excited to have James join our staff as our head men's ice hockey coach,” Athletic Director Jamie Marcoux said in the school's release. “He has worked with some excellent hockey programs and coaches in his tenure as an assistant.  He has tremendous knowledge, a genuine excitement and love for the game and is ready to take over the reins for the Wildcats.”

 Bemidji finished with a record of 17-16-6 overall and 11-12-5 in the WCHA under his guidance in 2015-16, a mark that was good enough to assist in qualifying for the conference tournament. The Beavers lost in a quarterfinal series to Bowling Green by a two games to one margin. LaCour primarily worked with the team's goaltenders, and was also the team's assistant in charge of hockey operations.

Prior to Bemidji, LaCour spent the prior three seasons as an assistant coach at Williams under Bill Kangas. The Ephs won 48 games in his three year tenure, and Lacour's assistance helped to lay the groundwork for the first NCAA tournament appearance, and tournament victory, in school history in 2016. The Ephs had postseason success in LaCour's presence as well, advancing to the NESCAC championship game twice and reaching the semifinal on an additional occasion. 

As a player, LaCour played four seasons at Salem State under Bill O'Neill. He spent his senior season as the team's starter, going 12-5-1 en route to the 2011 MASCAC championship game. He played a portion of his first three seasons as well, including a night in the Fall of 2009 where LacCour, as a junior, backstopped the Vikings with 31 saves en route to a shocking 3-0 shutout win over St. Norbert at the St. Scholastica tournament. After earning a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Salem in 2011, LaCour also enjoyed a brief professional career in the French third division. 

LaCour inherits a Wildcats team that went 11-11-4 in the 2015-16 campaign, and includes all-conference netminder Joey Ballmer. In addition to starting his own career as a head coach, LaCour will also lead the Wildcats into a new era of hockey, as the teams of the former ECAC Northeast transition to the Commonwealth Coast Conference this fall.

 

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