Castleton coach Moffat leaving after three seasons, returning to Plattsburgh as new assistant

Castleton head coach Steve Moffat has resigned his position after three seasons to take an assistant coaching position at Plattsburgh.

Moffat will replace Mike Coppola, who was the assistant coach at Plattsburgh for the past three seasons.

“I want to thank Steve for his work with our men’s hockey program over the past three seasons,” said Castleton associate dean for athletics and recreation Deanna Tyson in a statement. “Our student-athletes succeeded on the ice and in the classroom under his leadership, and I wish him the best at Plattsburgh.”

Over his three seasons at the helm of the program, Moffat led the Spartans to a 32-43-5 record and two appearances in the ECAC East semifinals.

A Plattsburgh alum and two-time All-American, Moffat spent 13 seasons coaching the Cardinals before coming to Castleton.

“I would like to thank Mike Coppola for the three years he gave to the hockey program here,” said Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery in a news release. “Mike had a tremendous work ethic and passion for the game. There is no doubt he will be successful in his future endeavors. We here at Plattsburgh State wish him the best.”

As a player, Moffat flourished in the Cardinal uniform. He was a two-time All-American, posting 205 career points on 106 goals and 99 assists in 125 games. Moffat was also enshrined into the Plattsburgh State Hall of Fame in 2010.

After graduating from Plattsburgh State in 1998, Moffat played professionally in the ECHL for the Northeast Division champion Columbus Chill in 1998-99. The following season, he helped the Florida Everblades clinch the ECHL’s best record and 2000 Southeast Division crown.

“Steve [Moffat] comes back with a ton of experience,” Emery added. “We are very fortunate that he was interested in coming back. He is very approachable and is a very good coach. I worked with him for years and we had some great teams. He is a very close friends with almost all of the former players he has coached during his time at Plattsburgh State. I am sure he will find the transition seamless.”

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