Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Wilkes Barre, Pa.-In late August, Wilkes University had programs, and a facility for them to play in. Now, the Colonels have their coaches. Wilkes University has announced the hiring of Michael Young and Stephanie Newmark as its inaugural men's and women's ice hockey coaches, respectively.
Young signs on to run the Wilkes men's program after a six year run as an assistant at Westfield State, the last three of which have been spent as associate head coach. Under his guidance, the Owls reached the MASCAC semifinals five times in a six year period. In addition, Young also occupied a role as a facilities manager, strength and conditioning coach, and academic advisor. Now, Young is hoping to translate his MASCAC successes to the UCHC, with a program to call his very own.
"I was lucky enough to be given a lot of responsibility very quickly in my coaching career during my first year behind the bench in 2010; the staff at Westfield State trusted me more than I think typical first year coaches would have been," Young said in the school's release. "Right from the start I was leaned upon heavily in all aspects of the team's operation and only three years into my coaching career, I was promoted to Associate Head Coach. Three years after that, I am now lucky enough to be moving on to the head coach position at Wilkes, but it would not be so if it were not for the experience I gained at Westfield. To be a good coach, one must always be learning, and because Westfield trusted and believed in me right from the beginning, I was able to—and continue to—learn, develop, and evolve as a coach. I cannot be more thrilled that evolution has brought me to Wilkes University."
Young previously played two years at Westfield, and spent his freshman campaign playing for Peter Belisle at UMass Boston. The Canada native began his duties on Wednesday.
Wilkes has also announced the hiring of former Plymouth State defender Stephanie Newmark as its inaugural head women's coach. Newmark comes aboard after a pair of seasons as an assistant at Daniel Webster College. Newmark served at both club and varsity levels at Daniel Webster, helping to establish a women's program that played in the 2015-16 season. Newmark ran the team's defense this past season. In her season with the school's combined club program, she also assisted with the program at Austin Pepraratory School.
"It is very exciting being the first head coach at Wilkes University and an amazing opportunity to bring in my knowledge to create a successful program," Newmark said in the school's release. "I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting opportunity as women's ice hockey has been one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and Canada over the last decade, and the decision to establish this program will most definitely have a positive effect on the university. In accepting the job, I was most impressed by the academic strengths of Wilkes, as well as its commitment to the new hockey program. Starting a program from scratch takes a lot of hard work, but I believe that all the elements are in place for this to become a highly successful NCAA program."
Prior to coaching, Newmark has enjoyed a stellar playing career at home and abroad. She appeared in 92 games in four years with Plymouth State, and also holds multiple IIHF world championship awards with the Australian women's national team.
Newmark began her duties back on Friday, October 14th. Both programs will begin play in Fall 2017, and will play at the Coal Street ice rink.