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    D3 2017 Offseason Thread: Coaching, Conferences, Etc.

    Summary of Stories To Watch:

    Coaching Vacancies:
    Colby*
    Chatham
    Nichols
    Lebanon Valley
    Castleton
    Salem State
    Elmira*

    *Included because HC still has an interim tag.

    New Programs for 2017:

    Aurora - Aurora, IL
    Trine - Angola, IN
    King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Wilkes University - Wilkes-Barre, PA

    (Anyone I'm forgetting? Suffolk starts in 2018 from what I've read.)

    Conference Alignment
    The ECAC West is down to five SUNY schools (Plattsburgh, Oswego, Potsdam, Cortland and Buffalo State). They have 2 seasons to get back to at least 7 to keep their Pool A bid to the NCAA tournament. There are two SUNY women's programs playing in the Colonial Hockey Conference: SUNY Canton and Morrisville State. There could be a defection of them to form a SUNYAC Women's League with the 5 ECAC West teams. Or they could find new programs or poach existing programs to join the ECAC West, leaving it the only ECAC conference left in Division III. Or they could do nothing and compete with the WIAC for a Pool B bid.


    Anyone else have stories to watch for? And of course there will always be surprises...
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    Re: D3 2017 Offseason Thread: Coaching, Conferences, Etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_TG View Post
    Summary of Stories To Watch:

    Coaching Vacancies:
    Colby
    Chatham
    Nichols
    Lebanon Valley
    Elmira*

    *Listing Elmira as their HC still has an interim tag.

    New Programs for 2017:

    Aurora - Aurora, IL
    Trine - Angola, IN
    King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Wilkes University - Wilkes-Barre, PA

    (Anyone I'm forgetting? Suffolk starts in 2018 from what I've read.)

    Conference Alignment
    The ECAC West is down to five SUNY schools (Plattsburgh, Oswego, Potsdam, Cortland and Buffalo State). They have 2 seasons to get back to at least 7 to keep their Pool A bid to the NCAA tournament. There are two SUNY women's programs playing in the Colonial Hockey Conference: SUNY Canton and Morrisville State. There could be a defection of them to form a SUNYAC Women's League with the 5 ECAC West teams. Or they could find new programs or poach existing programs to join the ECAC West, leaving it the only ECAC conference left in Division III. Or they could do nothing and compete with the WIAC for a Pool B bid.


    Anyone else have stories to watch for? And of course there will always be surprises...

    Some significant changes to the NEHC as well:

    1.DI/DII schools gone (Franklin Pierce, Holy Cross, Saint Anselm, Saint Michaels)
    2. Nichols moves to CHC
    3. Manhattanville moves to UCHC

    With more to come in 2018-2019:
    - Salve Regina and UNE moving to CHC
    - Suffolk, Johnson Wales and Salem join

    And that's just what we know for now.....

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    Re: D3 2017 Offseason Thread: Coaching, Conferences, Etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_TG View Post
    Summary of Stories To Watch:

    Coaching Vacancies:
    Colby
    Chatham
    Nichols
    Lebanon Valley
    Elmira*

    *Listing Elmira as their HC still has an interim tag.

    New Programs for 2017:

    Aurora - Aurora, IL
    Trine - Angola, IN
    King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Wilkes University - Wilkes-Barre, PA

    (Anyone I'm forgetting? Suffolk starts in 2018 from what I've read.)

    Conference Alignment
    The ECAC West is down to five SUNY schools (Plattsburgh, Oswego, Potsdam, Cortland and Buffalo State). They have 2 seasons to get back to at least 7 to keep their Pool A bid to the NCAA tournament. There are two SUNY women's programs playing in the Colonial Hockey Conference: SUNY Canton and Morrisville State. There could be a defection of them to form a SUNYAC Women's League with the 5 ECAC West teams. Or they could find new programs or poach existing programs to join the ECAC West, leaving it the only ECAC conference left in Division III. Or they could do nothing and compete with the WIAC for a Pool B bid.


    Anyone else have stories to watch for? And of course there will always be surprises...

    Is there some thought that Holley Tyng will not return at Colby? She was the "interim" coach but seems like a good fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rightnut View Post
    Is there some thought that Holley Tyng will not return at Colby? She was the "interim" coach but seems like a good fit.
    I included them as they had posted a web posting for the head coach position on March 6. I will edit to put an asterisk like with Elmira.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTOWN View Post
    Some significant changes to the NEHC as well:

    1.DI/DII schools gone (Franklin Pierce, Holy Cross, Saint Anselm, Saint Michaels)
    2. Nichols moves to CHC
    3. Manhattanville moves to UCHC

    With more to come in 2018-2019:
    - Salve Regina and UNE moving to CHC
    - Suffolk, Johnson Wales and Salem join

    And that's just what we know for now.....
    I had not heard about Nichols moving to the CHC, and that's for next season? I also didn't know Salve Regina and UNE were also moving to the CHC in 2018. When/where were all these changes announced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelfit View Post
    I had not heard about Nichols moving to the CHC, and that's for next season? I also didn't know Salve Regina and UNE were also moving to the CHC in 2018. When/where were all these changes announced?
    Looks like it was announced January 26th
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    Re: D3 2017 Offseason Thread: Coaching, Conferences, Etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_TG View Post
    The Nichols news was even earlier than that: http://www.nicholsathletics.com/news...aspx?path=wice

    And here's the Manhattanville link: http://www.govaliants.com/news/2016/...x?path=general

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    So hard to keep track with all these changes!

    And where are Lebanon Valley and Post going next season?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shelfit View Post
    So hard to keep track with all these changes!

    And where are Lebanon Valley and Post going next season?
    I believe Post is in the scheduling alliance with St. Anselm, Franklin Pierce, etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelfit View Post
    So hard to keep track with all these changes!

    And where are Lebanon Valley and Post going next season?
    LVC is a MAC school and thus going to the UCHC with former ECAC West private schools and the new MAC schools starting women's hockey
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_TG View Post
    LVC is a MAC school and thus going to the UCHC with former ECAC West private schools and the new MAC schools starting women's hockey
    Is that where Stevenson and Salem State are going too?

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    Re: D3 2017 Offseason Thread: Coaching, Conferences, Etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by shelfit View Post
    Is that where Stevenson and Salem State are going too?
    Stevenson for sure. Don't know about Salem State. They weren't listed in the news release.

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    Re: D3 2017 Offseason Thread: Coaching, Conferences, Etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by DDad16 View Post
    Stevenson for sure. Don't know about Salem State. They weren't listed in the news release.
    Salem State did their own release on Jan 25. They will be in the NEHC starting in 2018.
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    Re: D3 2017 Offseason Thread: Coaching, Conferences, Etc.

    Add 1 more to the coaching list: Fimiani out at Castleton

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    Re: D3 2017 Offseason Thread: Coaching, Conferences, Etc.

    I heard the Salem State coach is out.

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    Re: D3 2017 Offseason Thread: Coaching, Conferences, Etc.

    I've updated the original post with the contributions from GTown and GoalieDad32.

    I also saw today that King's College is trying to get off on the right foot by seeking a FT assistant.
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    Re: D3 2017 Offseason Thread: Coaching, Conferences, Etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_TG View Post
    I've updated the original post with the contributions from GTown and GoalieDad32.

    I also saw today that King's College is trying to get off on the right foot by seeking a FT assistant.
    The King's college assistant looks a lot like a GA under a different title:

    "Bachelor's degree and college playing experience preferred. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. This position provides a stipend, room and board, and six credits per Fall and Spring semester (not required). Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, résumé, and three references...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_TG View Post
    I've updated the original post with the contributions from GTown and GoalieDad32.

    I also saw today that King's College is trying to get off on the right foot by seeking a FT assistant.
    Just noticed Nazareth College is looking for Women's head coach. Did I miss that? Anyone know when their program starts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTOWN View Post
    Just noticed Nazareth College is looking for Women's head coach. Did I miss that? Anyone know when their program starts?
    To my knowledge that is a fairly new posting (new to NCAA.org as of Friday) and there's not been an official announcement of a Naz Women's Ice Hockey program. Looking in their archives, Naz's version of the release from 2016 about joining the UCHC mentions them as men's hockey only. This may be a new program starting up....
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    Re: D3 2017 Offseason Thread: Coaching, Conferences, Etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_TG View Post
    To my knowledge that is a fairly new posting (new to NCAA.org as of Friday) and there's not been an official announcement of a Naz Women's Ice Hockey program. Looking in their archives, Naz's version of the release from 2016 about joining the UCHC mentions them as men's hockey only. This may be a new program starting up....
    ...in the 2018-19 season, that is if they're smart and want to do things right by giving the new coach the 2017-18 season to recruit a team. If their plan is to start next season they would be setting themselves up for a very tough start to the program because that wouldn't be enough time to recruit enough quality players since so many will already have made commitments by the time a coach gets hired.

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