Nick Russo, head coach of the Neumann’s men’s ice hockey program since its inception six year ago, has resigned. It was a mutual decision by the administration and Russo.
“Six years of building a program from the ground up takes its toll physically,” said Russo. “The program has turned the corner, and it was time to turn it over to some one else. I have small kids, and I don’t want to miss any more of their growing up.”
Russo started the Neumann program in 1998 as a Division III team, although it played mainly against club teams. In 2001, the team was admitted into the ECAC West as a full member, and has competed against a full schedule of Division III opponents since.
“I love Neumann,” said Russo. “It was a real learning experience. The thing I will miss the most right now will be the coaches in the ECAC West. From top to bottom, they have always supported me and let us grow as a program.”