Longtime Johnson and Wales head coach Noack leaves for same job at Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Massachusetts-Dartmouth announced Friday the appointment of Erik Noack to serve as the fourth head coach of the Corsairs.

Noack joins UMass Dartmouth after spending the past 13 seasons as the head men’s coach at Johnson and Wales. Under his leadership, the Wildcats went 148-172-21 and Noack led them to the ECAC Northeast playoffs in 11 of his 13 seasons at the helm.

“Erik exuded a passion and love for the game throughout the interview process,” said UMass Dartmouth director of athletics Amanda Van Voorhis said in a statement. “His values are our values – community service, academic success, the whole development of student-athletes and competitive success. His approach mirrors the NCAA Division III philosophy and he epitomizes the mission through his actions on and off ice. A tremendous leader in his own right, he’s equipped with the skills of a mentor and well versed in the challenges student-athletes face. He’s a proponent of relationship building, communication, empowerment, and student-athlete leadership. I anticipate this will be a smooth transition and look forward to the future of UMass Dartmouth hockey.”

Prior to his time at JWU, Noack was an assistant coach at Fredonia during the 2001-02 season. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology (when RIT was a D-III hockey team) in 1998, serving as captain during his senior season, and then played five years of professional hockey in the East Coast Hockey League and Western Professional Hockey League before entering the coaching ranks.

Noack earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Johnson and Wales in 2004.

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