Year of Graduation: 2002
Major: Sport Management/Business Administration
Current position: Head Ice Hockey Coach, Chatham University Cougars
Tell us about your RMU experience:
I worked full-time during my college days, while playing hockey, and couldn’t have been supported more by faculty and staff. I enjoyed it enough that I brought both of my brothers to RMU – Justin ’06 (education) and Jesse ’10 (graphic design).
Why did you choose RMU?
I was looking at RMU and Pitt, but I decided the class sizes suited me better at RMU. The sport management program was also a heavy determining factor.
How long have you been into hockey?
I played locally and began coaching high school hockey in 1998. At RMU I played for the club team and later coached the ACHA Division III team (2004) and the ACHA Division I team (2005-10). There were a few coaches before me that lead the way. We had a great team and won three conference championships, four conference playoff championships, and enjoyed four trips to ACHA National Championship tournaments. We had a lot of great moments along the way, and I still think about them often. Interesting note: Our entirestaff on the Cougars hockey team is comprised of Robert Morris alumni (Jon Hoffman ’08, assistant ice hockey coach; Jerry Hillman ’07, equipment manager), and we’re looking to add another recent RMU graduate to the 2013-14 staff.
Did you take part in any other activities/groups at RMU?
I didn’t leave much time to join other groups. But communication classes with Prof. Jim Vincent and management classes with Dr. John Clark were plenty entertaining.