Wednesday, the Indianapolis Ice announced they've got a new man in charge. Kyle Wallack from Yale University has been hired as general manager and head coach of the hockey team through the 2013 and 2014. Wallack was previously the associate head coach and top recruiter the past five seasons for the Yale Bulldogs of the ECAC.
Last year, the Yale team set a school record for winds and became the first in the schools history to be voted number one in the national polls.
"We feel we have the right fit in Kyle," said Ice President Charlie Skjodt. "Today's game is built on speed and we searched for the right coach who will take advantage of our larger ice surface at Pepsi Coliseum. If you watched Yale last year, their success was built around the endless pursuit of the puck and a high octane offense. That game is something the players love, our fans expect and a recipe for success. We are very confident the team will be in great hands this year and it will be no surprise to see Kyle put us in position for another run at the Clark Cup."
During his five-year stint at Yale, the team went 100-56-13 which included three NCAA Tournament appearances, two straight regional finals, two ECAC hockey tournament championships and two ECAC hockey regular season titles.
Wallack also worked as a coach for Division 1 schools Holy Cross, Connecticut and Quinnipiac. He has also been involved for a couple of years with several tournaments with the U.S. National program. In college, he was a four-year starting goaltender and senior captain at Springfield College in Massachusetts.
"Kyle embodies everything the Indiana Ice stands for here in Indianapolis," said CEO Paul Skjodt. "His character, professionalism and experience will fit right in with our organization and team goals. The most impressive part of his stay at Yale was his ability to not only recruit, but to build a team of student athletes that require the highest standards of education to gain entry and still win at the college level. That model follows the same standards we have here at Cathedral High school and the Indiana Ice."
Wallack will take over the team at the Indiana Ice Main Camp next week.
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