“I am very excited about the opportunity to work at Saint Michael’s alongside Coach [Damian] DiGiulian,” said Allen in a statement. “I am looking forward to developing my coaching skills while also growing and advancing the men’s ice hockey program at Saint Mike’s.”
After completing his playing days with the Western Connecticut State club team in 2013, Allen returned to the program as an assistant coach for the following two seasons. His passion for the game extended off the ice when he became a member of the NCAA Division III Hockey Committee, where he consulted and collected information as he and others attempted to bring Western Connecticut State to the varsity level at Division III.
“We are thrilled to name Dan Allen as an assistant coach for the men’s ice hockey program,” added DiGiulian. “Dan has already proven himself to be a tireless recruiter and a respected member of our organization. He has big shoes to fill with the departure of Casey Fratkin, but I am confident that he will work hard to represent our program and Saint Michael’s College with class and dignity.”
Allen also served as a coach for a New York Rangers youth camp in Tarrytown, N.Y., between May and August of 2014.
As an undergraduate, Allen competed in one season of Division III hockey at Salve Regina in 2008-09 before finishing his playing career at Western Connecticut State, where he served as an assistant captain for two years and captain as a senior.