Jewell joins Rensselaer staff as new assistant coach

Rensselaer announced Friday the hiring of Dan Jewell as an assistant men’s hockey coach.

Jewell, a 2011 graduate of Cortland, where he played three years for the Red Dragons, will assist first-year head coach Dave Smith.

“We are excited to have Dan join our staff,” said Smith in a statement. “With his experience as general manager and associate coach in the USHL, as well as having worked at the college and prep school levels, his knowledge of recruits is outstanding. Being a goaltender is a position-specific skill, so he will work with our goalies. Dan is ready to make an impact with our hockey program and, along with Nolan Graham being back for a seventh season, I believe our staff is set up to make sure the student-athlete experience from recruitment to graduation and into the alumni world is outstanding.”

Jewell comes to RPI after serving as assistant coach, assistant general manager and director of player of personnel with the Bloomington Thunder of the USHL.

Prior to joining the Thunder, he was an assistant coach at Hamilton from 2012 to 2014, where he organized, planned and implemented training sessions for both the team and individuals, was the recruiting coordinator and was in charge or the team’s video breakdown and analysis.

Jewell spent a season as the goaltending coach at Plattsburgh in 2011-12. During that same campaign, he was an assistant coach at the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y., where his duties included goaltending development as well as strength and conditioning.

Also spending time at both the USA Hockey National Festival and USA Hockey New England and New York Player Development Camps, Jewell has worked numerous camps throughout his career, across the United States and Canada.

As a student-athlete, Jewell played both hockey and lacrosse at Manhattanville in 2006-07, before finishing his collegiate career at Cortland. He posted a 3-5-1 record during his senior season, compiling a 3.93 GAA and a .904 save percentage.

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