Maryville University announced that it will add a second competitive men’s club ice hockey team for the 2019-20 academic year. In addition, the University is starting a competitive women’s club ice hockey program to begin competition during the 2020-21 academic calendar.
The Saints currently have a men’s team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) in Division II, which will move up into the ACHA Division I ranks for 2019-20. The new squad will compete at the ACHA DII level. Current Saints coach John Hogan will take on the role of Coordinator of Hockey Operations, overseeing all three programs while serving as the head coach of the ACHA Division I team. The coach for the second men’s squad will be announced later this spring, and a coach will be hired by the fall to begin recruitment for the women’s team.
“The addition of the second club men’s hockey team as well as a women’s team shows the long-term growth potential of the sport at the collegiate level,” Director of Athletics and Recreation Lonnie Folks said. “As more and more players enjoy the sport at the youth and high school levels, Maryville wants to offer these same players the opportunity to continue to compete while earning a quality college education.”
The Saints men’s club hockey team completed its first season of competition in 2018-19 with a 12-17 record. Next season, the Saints Hockey Program will move into the Maryville University Hockey Center at the Chesterfield SportsComplex being built in Chesterfield, Mo. The facility will serve as the home competition and practice facility for all three Saints club hockey teams.
Interested student-athletes should contact coach John Hogan at:
Cell: (314) 610-9814
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Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a comprehensive and nationally ranked private institution with an enrollment of more than 9,200 students. Maryville offers more than 90 degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels to students from 50 states and 55 countries.