AMHERST, Mass. — Former Amherst assistant coach Karl Enroth was named the new head coach at Western New England College on Thursday. He succeeds Mike Badger, who stepped down in March to spend more time with his family.
Enroth, a native of Rochester, Mass., served as the assistant men’s coach at Amherst during the 1999-2000 season before taking over as the Jeffs’ women’s assistant coach the following season. He has also worked as a volunteer ice hockey coach and power skating instructor with the Amherst Hockey Association and other groups.
“Karl has the background and experience at the Division III level that we were looking for and he will be an invaluable member of our coaching staff,” said Western New England athletic director Mike Theulen. “We look for good things in the future from our men’s ice hockey program.”
Enroth is a 1985 graduate of Springfield College where he received a bachelor’s degree in Recreation with a minor in Business Administration. He also earned a master’s degree in Sport management from Springfield in 1998 and was a marketing and public relations intern for the American Hockey League during the 1997-98 academic year.
During the summer, Enroth serves as the Director of golf at the Goose River Golf Club in Rockport, Maine and worked as an operations assistant at the 1999 Ryder Cup Golf Championship in Brookline, Mass.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to guide the Western New England College program in the highly-competitive Eastern College Athletic Conference,” said Enroth. “The program already has a solid base of committed student-athletes and now it’s just a matter of getting to know all the players and other members of the Western New England Athletics family.”