Robert Morris has promoted Kody Van Rentergem from hockey operations coordinator to assistant coach for the Colonials’ men’s team.
Van Rentergem will take over for former associate head coach Matt Nicholson, who left earlier this summer to coach the Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League.
In his three previous years at RMU, Van Rentergem focused on video analysis, team logistics and mentoring goalies. In his new role, he will continue to work with Colonials goaltenders, but also contribute to recruiting efforts and assist head coach Derek Schooley on power play optimization.
“Kody has been a valuable member of the staff for the last three successful seasons and he will seamlessly step into this assistant role,” Schooley said in a news release. “His credentials and teaching skills are excellent. He knows our conference, university, program and players like the back of his hand. He has done a very good job and will continue to do so in his new role.”
A former goaltender at Fredonia, Van Rentergem also coached at his alma mater.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity,” added Van Rentergem. “Derek, Mark [Workman] and I have worked together for three years and I look forward to continuing to build on our recent success. It’s a very exciting time for the program and I’m grateful to be a part of it.
“My fiancée, Megan, and I have called Pittsburgh home for a couple years now. The fact that we get to stay home while getting this opportunity is fantastic.”