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Scott_TG
03-20-2017, 11:29 AM
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...

GTOWN
03-20-2017, 12:55 PM
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.....

Rightnut
03-20-2017, 01:32 PM
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.

Scott_TG
03-20-2017, 02:34 PM
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.

shelfit
03-20-2017, 03:09 PM
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?

Scott_TG
03-20-2017, 03:52 PM
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 (http://www.colonialhockey.com/general/2016-17/releases/20170126dmqyaz)

GTOWN
03-20-2017, 04:04 PM
Looks like it was announced January 26th (http://www.colonialhockey.com/general/2016-17/releases/20170126dmqyaz)

The Nichols news was even earlier than that: http://www.nicholsathletics.com/news/2016/7/5/womens-ice-hockey-nichols-to-join-chc-for-2017-18.aspx?path=wice

And here's the Manhattanville link: http://www.govaliants.com/news/2016/10/5/general-manhattanville-hockey-to-join-united-collegiate-hockey-conference-in-2017-18.aspx?path=general

shelfit
03-20-2017, 04:11 PM
So hard to keep track with all these changes!

And where are Lebanon Valley and Post going next season?

DDad16
03-20-2017, 04:21 PM
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...

Scott_TG
03-20-2017, 04:29 PM
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

shelfit
03-20-2017, 04:31 PM
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?

DDad16
03-20-2017, 04:39 PM
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.

Scott_TG
03-20-2017, 04:50 PM
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. (http://www.salemstatevikings.com/news/2017/1/25/salem-state-womens-ice-hockey-to-join-the-new-england-hockey-conference-nehc-in-2018.aspx?path=wic) They will be in the NEHC starting in 2018.

GTOWN
03-20-2017, 07:47 PM
Add 1 more to the coaching list: Fimiani out at Castleton

GoalieDad32
03-21-2017, 11:26 AM
I heard the Salem State coach is out.

Scott_TG
03-21-2017, 02:32 PM
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 (http://ahcahockey.com/jobs/index.php).

GTOWN
03-21-2017, 03:32 PM
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 (http://ahcahockey.com/jobs/index.php).

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...."

GTOWN
03-26-2017, 03:45 PM
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 (http://ahcahockey.com/jobs/index.php).

Just noticed Nazareth College is looking for Women's head coach. Did I miss that? Anyone know when their program starts?

Scott_TG
03-26-2017, 04:11 PM
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....

shelfit
03-26-2017, 05:30 PM
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.