Stephen Mallaro has been named the first head coach at King’s College.
Mallaro, who helped lead Oswego to back-to-back Division III Frozen Four appearances in 2010 and 2011, will lead the new Monarchs program that will start play in 2017-18.
King’s is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
“We are thrilled to welcome Stephen Mallaro as the very first men’s head ice hockey coach at King’s College,” King’s director of athletics Cheryl Ish said in a news release. “Stephen came across as a great fit for King’s the moment he stepped on our campus and that sentiment just grew throughout the entire interview process. His commitment to the Division III philosophy, combined with his experience and a very competitive spirit, resonated with the search committee. I am confident that Stephen will do an outstanding job with our men’s ice hockey program. He will have a busy year ahead in recruiting our first team of student-athletes, but I know he will represent King’s in a first-class manner. We feel confident he is the person with the vision and work ethic to build our program from square-one.
“With Stephen leading the program, we are all excited about this new chapter in King’s College Athletics. We really feel we found an outstanding young coach in Stephen Mallaro and are thrilled he will become a part of the King’s community.”
Mallaro comes to King’s after spending the last two years as an assistant coach at Brockport.
“It’s a dream come true,” Mallaro added. “To be able to start your own program and put your stamp on something is very special. I know the coaching business is not an easy mountain to climb, but with the support of good people, good things will happen. King’s College is a very unique place. The campus is a very tight-knit community where you feel at home and everyone knows one another. The athletic department is fully supportive of the new ice hockey program and everyone I had contact with is excited to bring hockey to King’s. I was very impressed with the people that I met on my visit and the values that they help bring to King’s. I was able to interact with a number of administrators and coaches that are proud to be a part of the King’s College family and that has me excited about joining their family. I would also like to thank Cheryl (Ish) and the search committee for putting their faith in me and giving me this tremendous opportunity.”
As a collegiate player, Mallaro played in 68 games for Oswego and totaled 38 points on 11 goals and 27 assists. He was a First Team All-SUNYAC selection in 2010 and Second Team in 2011.
After graduating from Oswego, Mallaro enjoyed a brief professional playing career in the ECHL with the Elmira Jackals, Trenton Titans and Gwinnett Gladiators. He also had a 10-day stint with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
Mallaro then began his coaching career as a two-year graduate assistant coach at Manhattanville, earning his Master’s degree in Sports Management in 2014, before joining the staff at Brockport.