Former Manhattanville assistant coach and American International defenseman Matt Woodard has been named a new assistant at Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2013-14 season.
“We are excited to have Matt Woodard join the RIT women’s hockey program,” said RIT head coach Scott McDonald in a statement. “This is a huge step in the right direction for our program. During his collegiate, pro and coaching career, Matt has been able to work with great coaches, be exposed to a number of different styles and gain valuable knowledge in regards to all positions. Plus, over the past two seasons he has also had a chance to recruit at the NCAA level and develop a great network of contacts throughout North America.”
Woodard spent the last two seasons at Manhattanville, also serving as the Valiants’ recruiting coordinator.
“I am extremely honored to receive this opportunity to join the Tigers and work with Scott and Shivaun [Siegl],” added Woodard. “The great reputation and prestigious tradition of the RIT athletic department and its women’s hockey program is well-known in the hockey world. I’m eager to start working with the players, for I have heard nothing but great things about the team chemistry and the passion to succeed.”
At American International, Woodard recorded 29 points on six goals and 23 assists in 133 games. His 133 games played are tied for fourth most in program history and are the most among all Yellow Jackets’ defensemen.