Fratkin hired as top assistant coach for St. Michael’s men’s squad

Wesleyan spring graduate Casey Fratkin has been named the top assistant coach of the Saint Michael’s College men’s team.

Fratkin comes to Saint Michael’s after a four-year collegiate playing career split between Wesleyan and Elmira College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration in European history.

“I would like to thank Coach [Damian] DiGiulian and the Saint Michael’s College athletic department for the opportunity to work for the men’s ice hockey program,” said Fratkin in a news release. “This is a hockey program that is headed in the right direction under Damian’s guidance, and I am excited to work and learn from him during this upcoming season. Furthermore, Saint Michael’s is an outstanding academic institution, and I could not think of a better place to begin my collegiate coaching career.”

“We are thrilled to have Casey join the Saint Michael’s hockey family,” added DiGiulian. “Casey stood out in the interview process as an intelligent, thoughtful and dedicated young coach who will bring good energy to our program. His desire to be a coach and his work ethic sets him apart from many young coaches out there. Along with our two other coaches, Brent Truchon and Ryan Garrow, I am confident that we will have a coaching staff that is committed to helping our student-athletes reach their highest potential.”

Fratkin began volunteering in 2006 as an on-ice instructor and mentor for the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS), a Vancouver-based program dedicated to teaching basic hockey skills to economically-challenged youths. He also worked with the Two-Way Hockey School since 2008 and coached the Vancouver Ravens Hockey Club Pee Wee team in the spring of 2010.