Phil Roy has been named as the new men’s ice hockey coach at Neumann College. Previously, Roy was an assistant coach during the last two seasons at ECAC West rival Hobart College.
“We are very excited to welcome Phil and his family to our Neumann College family,” said Neumann College athletics director Chuck Sack. “Phil’s experiences at Hobart and as a professional athlete made him an ideal candidate for this opportunity. Phil’s leadership style is a perfect fit for our current team and a great fit for our program. His energy is outstanding and his passion to make Neumann ice hockey a national program is terrific.”
Roy will be the third coach in Neumann’s 11-year history. He replaces Dennis Williams, who became an assistant coach at Alabama-Huntsville earlier this summer.
At Hobart, Roy assisted in the earning the team’s second NCAA tournament berth and first Frozen Four appearance.
“[Hobart] is a great place that I am leaving,” said Roy. “Hobart and coach Mark Taylor have been awesome, but I am looking forward to the new challenge of being a head coach. I have some big shoes to fill. Dennis Williams did a great job, especially this past season.”
Roy inherits a Neumann team that only loses one player to graduation and has four of the top five scorers in the league returning from last season.
“Seeing what Neumann did last year, how they were playing and where they were headed, I saw a program that had a lot of potential,” said Roy. “One thing when I left the interview process that really took my attention was the possibility of growth.”
Roy played college hockey at Clarkson, where he scored 24 goals and 53 assists in 144 games, graduating in 2000. While Roy was there, Clarkson won two ECAC championships and made three NCAA tournament appearances.
After college, Roy went on to play in the ECHL, UHL and AHL as well as playing in Europe.