Post University continues to grow, and as it does, so does the athletic department. It was announced this week that men’s and women’s ice hockey programs will be added beginning in the 2015-16 academic year. With the addition of ice hockey, Post now boasts 20 NCAA Division II athletic programs, a sprint football team, and three equestrian teams, making it one of the largest athletic departments in the Northeast.
The athletic department has added seven new programs, including hockey, since 2013. Men’s lacrosse was added in 2013, but played its first varsity season last year. Track and field for both men and women became varsity teams last season. This year, women’s golf and bowling both made their debuts. Adding hockey will be a huge undertaking as the average roster size is between 20-30 student-athletes.
University president, Dr. Don Mroz said he feels Post has a great coach in place to start the program.
“We were very fortunate to hire Pete Whitney as the head coach for our men’s hockey team, and are excited for him to start. Pete comes with great experience, and we are very fortunate to have hired someone with his knowledge, skill, and expertise,” said Dr. Mroz.
Whitney was hired as the head coach to lead the men’s team into its inaugural season. He was most recently the Associate Head Coach at the Gunnery School in Washington, Conn. Whitney was also a former Regional Scout for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the top junior league in the country, and the head coach of the club team at Central Connecticut State University.
“Pete will begin recruiting immediately and is confident that we can put together a team for the 2015-16 season,” added Dr. Mroz.
The men’s team will look to become the seventh member of the Northeast-10 Conference. Saint Michael’s, Stonehill, Saint Anselm, Assumption, Southern New Hampshire, and Franklin Pierce currently make up the conference.
A search is currently underway to find a head coach for the women’s team. The university is also still working on where the team will practice and play games.