Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
PITTSBURGH-Chatham University has hired Michael Callan as the first head coach of its' new men's ice hockey program. The Pittsburgh area school, which will field the first Division III men's program in the area, made the announcement Tuesday.
"We are going to be able to gain momentum quickly, and we will be competitive on the ice from the start. Our men's hockey players will be high achievers in the classroom, and leaders in our community," Callan said in the school's release, "This is an incredibly attractive university in a friendly city, and I am very excited about introducing NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey to not only the city of Pittsburgh, but also the USA Hockey Mid-Am District."
Callan is no stranger to the Division III ranks. The Sylvania, Ohio native spent the past two seasons as an assistant to Chris Bernard at Potsdam, lending his services to consecutive winning seasons, and SUNYAC playoff appearances in his tenure. Callan was the top assistant for the Bears, responsible for recruting and the team's defense and penalty kill.
Prior to Potsdam, Callan was employed as an assistant coach for the AHCA Division I program at Ohio University, where he received his Master's degree. He also served stints as the director of United States Scouting for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and as an assistant with the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs. A graduate of Clarkson University, Calllan served as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Golden Knights under current Nazareth head coach George Roll.
In his first head coaching job, Callan will have just over a year to piece the program together. The Cougars begin play in the Fall of 2017.