Westfield State recently announced the hiring of Bob Miele as the new head coach of it’s men’s hockey program. Miele served as an assistant with the college for the past two seasons and replaces former head coach Jerry Keefe who earlier this off-season accepted a position as an assistant with Division I Brown University. He will also serve as Westfield’s manger of athletic facilities.
“This is a great opportunity for me and I am going to make the most of it,” said Miele in an official school release. “I’ve worked with these guys for nearly two years and I am honored to be their coach. My main goal is to keep the program moving.”
Miele, a 2002 graduate, played collegiate hockey at Amherst (NESCAC). He was named ECAC East/NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 1999 and led the Lord Jeffs in points as a sophomore. He played 105 games in his career, tallying 50 goals and 55 assists.
“Bob has an outstanding hockey pedigree and brings continuity, integrity, a strong worth ethic, and the desire to lead our program,” said Westfield’s athletic director Richard Lenfest.
Westfield begins play in the newly-formed MASCAC this season after finishing with a 11-9-4 record as a member of the ECAC Northeast a year ago. It was the Owls’ first season of varsity hockey in 20 years.