U.S. College Hockey Online has learned that Union assistant coach Kevin Sneddon will be elevated to head coach. He replaces Stan Moore, who resigned earlier in the week to join the Colgate coaching staff.
Sneddon, 28, becomes the youngest head coach at the ECAC Division I level after serving as an assistant at Union for the last five seasons. He started at Union under Bruce Delventhal, retaining his position under Moore.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Sneddon. “I welcome the challenges that lie ahead. I have grown attached to this program.
“I’m confident, and it’s a business where you have to pay your dues. I’ve been here for five years and going through some of the things that I have faced has prepared me for [this] day.”
“He’s respected around the league by all the coaches,” said athletic director Dick Sakala. “He knows how to market Union College and philosophically he buys into it. His background at Harvard lets him buy into what we’re doing here.
“He’s been here for five years and he’s personally recruited all 29 of the kids.”
As a player, Sneddon was a four-year defensive standout at Harvard, winning the 1989 national championship in his freshman season, when he was a member of the NCAA All-Tournament Team and the ECAC All-Rookie squad. He later became the 96th captain in Harvard history and played his last two seasons through injuries, overcoming them to be named Most Valuable Player of the Beanpot.
For his career, Sneddon totaled two goals and 21 assists.