R.J. Enga, who played in 158 games with Colorado College from 1991 to 1995 and served as an assistant coach during the 2008-09 campaign, has returned to the Tigers as a new assistant under head coach Mike Haviland.
“This is where I want to be,” Enga said in a statement. “Colorado College is a great school with a great hockey program that is rich in tradition. Having been around Coach Haviland for just a short period of time, I can understand why he wins. He’s got a lot of passion and energy and he’s very detailed. He’s a perfect fit for CC.”
Enga spent the last three seasons with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, serving as assistant coach and director of player development. During his tenure in Chicago, he coached a trio of current Tigers – sophomore forward Christian Heil, sophomore forward Alex Roos and sophomore defenseman Jaccob Slavin.
With CC, Enga will work with the forwards and power play unit and will be heavily involved in recruiting efforts.
“I’m really excited to have R.J. on our staff,” Haviland added. “His mind for the game, especially the offensive side of it, really intrigued me. He put up a lot of big numbers in college and the pros and he’s got a lot of creative ideas on how he can help our young athletes improve every day.
“R.J. made a commitment to his coaching career and really paid his dues. He started as a volunteer coach at CC. I had to do the same thing many years ago and I like guys who do whatever it takes to get to where they want to be.”
According to a Colorado College press release, the school has also reached an agreement in principal with another assistant coach. However, due to contractual obligations, there will be no public announcement until July 1.