New Haven, Conn. - Albertus Magnus College Director of Athletics Jim Abromaitis announced today that Kyle Wallack, associate head coach of the University of Vermont men's ice hockey team, has been appointed as the first head men's ice hockey coach at Albertus Magnus College, which will begin NCAA Division III intercollegiate play for the 2019-2020 season.
"In a deep and qualified pool of more than 100 applicants, Kyle Wallack rose to the top as the right person to develop and lead the new hockey program at Albertus Magnus College," said Albertus President, Dr. Marc M. Camille. "Kyle is a highly regarded hockey coach with a proven record of success in recruiting and coaching talented student athletes. His previous experience at Yale and Quinnipiac and his appreciation for the distinct advantages of Albertus' Catholic, liberal arts-based education will serve him well."
"Kyle brings with him to Albertus Magnus Athletics a wealth of experience and a history of success," said Abromaitis. "He is well-known and well-respected among all in the hockey community not only locally but nationally as well. I don't think there is anyone more prepared to put our new Men's Ice Hockey Program on the map."
"My family and I are absolutely thrilled to become part of the Albertus and New Haven communities," said Wallack. "Being from Connecticut makes this opportunity extra special for us. I would like to thank President Marc Camille and Athletic Director Jim Abromaitis as well as all the members of the search committee for their efforts throughout this process. It's truly an honor to become the first head coach of the program and I am excited to lead and preach the values that Albertus is known for."
At a joint press conference with the City of New Haven on April 4, 2018, Albertus announced its plans to add a men's ice hockey program via a unique partnership with the City and its historic Ralph Walker Skating Rink, which will serve as the home arena for Albertus Falcons ice hockey. In addition to bringing the first NCAA Division III hockey program to the greater New Haven area, Albertus Magnus, via its hockey coaches and players, will provide leadership in developing a Learn to Skate/Youth Hockey program for the City's children.
Wallack boasts 18 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience and one season as a head coach in the elite United States Hockey League. During that time, he recruited 15 NHL draft picks, three All-USHL players and three USA Olympians. Serving as the associate head coach at the University of Vermont since 2013, Wallack's responsibilities included offensive coaching, recruiting and the power play. Wallack helped lead Vermont to three 20-win seasons in a four-year span from 2013-17, including a 2014 NCAA Tournament appearance. Two years ago, the Catamounts earned their highest Hockey East regular season finish in the standings since 2009 with sixth place.
Prior to joining UVM, Wallack was the head coach of the Indiana Ice in the USHL, leading the team to a 35-16-9 record in the regular season. He also spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Yale and recruited the nation's top scoring offense and recruited several members of Yale's 2013 NCAA national championship squad during his final two years in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Wallack served as an assistant coach at the College of the Holy Cross for two seasons and helped the Crusaders register a historic overtime upset over Minnesota at the 2006 NCAA West Regional.
The West Hartford, Connecticut, native also spent three years as assistant coach at Quinnipiac University, winning the 2002 MAAC Championship and claiming its first NCAA Tournament bid, followed by two seasons at the University of Connecticut.
As a player, Wallack was a four-year starting goaltender at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He served as the team captain as a senior and earned All-NECHA honors twice during his career.
Albertus Magnus is a member of NCAA Division III and participates in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). Beginning this fall, the College will sponsor 15 varsity sports – men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, men's golf, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball and men's and women's lacrosse – with the addition of women's field hockey, women's swimming & diving and men's ice hockey. The field hockey program will begin play in the fall of 2018 while men's ice hockey and women's swimming & diving kick off in 2019-2020.
For 93 years, Albertus Magnus College, located in New Haven, Connecticut, has been transforming and empowering lives through its Catholic and Dominican values- and liberal-arts based education. It has an enrollment of 1,500 students in its traditional undergraduate program, accelerated adult degree programs and 11 graduate programs, including a new Master of Public Administration. Learn more at albertus.edu.