Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Castleton, VT- Earlier this summer, Castleton lost both of its head coaches within a week. On Monday, the Vermont school announced their replacements on the same day. Castleton University has announced the hiring of Bill Silengo, and DJ Fimiani to lead its men's and women's ice hockey programs.
A first time Division III head coach, Silengo will guide the Spartan men after Steve Moffat stepped down to return to the assistant post at Plattsburgh. He plans to waste little time jumping into the fold, with less than a month before Castleton's first practice.
"I am excited and honored to be named head coach of the Castleton men's ice hockey program," Silengo said in the school's release. "I want to thank President Wolk, Deanna Tyson, Scott Dikeman, and the rest of the search committee for giving me this amazing opportunity. I can't wait to join the Castleton community and get to work."
Silengo moves to Castleton from Manhattanville, where he served as an assistant coach under college teammate Arlen Marshall for the past two seasons. His duties under Marshall encompassed special teams preparation and hockey operations. Silengo also served as the team's academic coordinator, guiding his charges to the top men's team GPA at Manhattanville during his tenure. The Valiants were 19-27-6 under his care.
Silengo also enjoyed a four year playing career at Manhattanville, and served as captain as a senior defenseman. He assisted Fredonia head coach Jeff Meredith for two seasons before returning to Manhattanville in a coaching capacity.
A new beginning awaits Fimiani after a challenging year as the head women's coach at Daniel Webster, where he built a full program himself. Unlike his first foray into collegiate coaching, Fimiani will receive the keys to an existing, well established program this time around.
"I am very excited to be joining the Castleton University family. I want to especially thank Deanna Tyson, Scott Dikeman, and President Wolk for the opportunity to help build on the Castleton traditions and to help bring the program to the next level," said Fimiani in the school's release.
In his only season as head coach, Fimiani's work increased the female enrollment at Daniel Webster by 18 percent. The team achieved off ice success, posting a team GPA above 3 and participating in community service activities, but on ice success would be difficult to find as the Eagles finished 0-18 in year one.
Even amidst the challenges of last year, Fimiani brings with him National Championship experience to Castleton. He was an alternate captain on Norwich's 2010 NCAA title squad, and appeared in a total of 102 games at forward during his career. He also has a proven track record as an assistant, as he served Salve Regina and head coach Andy Boschetto for three seasons. Fimiani oversaw an increase in wins each season at Salve, and helped to lay the groundwork for the program's meteoric rise to ECAC Northeast relevancy. Fimiani also played one year of professional hockey in the Southern Professional Hockey League.
Castleton hires Silengo, Fimiani to lead programs.
Sep 20, 2016