West back with Alabama Huntsville as team’s new assistant coach, ‘eager to help this program continue to rise’

Alabama Huntsville has announced the addition of Lance West as assistant coach for the 2018-19 campaign.

“We are very excited to bring Lance and his family back to UAH,” Chargers coach Mike Corbett said in a statement. “His experience in college hockey is invaluable to our staff, our players and our department. He is a Charger and can help our program continue to grow and improve.”

“I am tremendously excited about the opportunity to rejoin the UAH hockey program,” West added. “The chance to return to the program and my alma mater, along with being able to reunite my family, was highly intriguing to me. UAH has always been a special place for me and I’m eager to help this program continue to rise.”

West – a four-year letter-winner for the UAH hockey team from 1991 to 1995 – returns to Huntsville after a 10-season stint at Alaska, where he was an assistant for nine campaigns before guiding the squad to the WCHA playoffs as interim head coach this past season.

Prior to Alaska, West served as an assistant coach for UAH from 2000 to 2007. West was also a volunteer assistant coach for the Chargers from 1995 to 1998 following his playing career, winning the NCAA Division II national championships in 1996 and 1998.

During his playing career with the Chargers, West appeared in 106 games and amassed 108 points on 43 goals and 65 assists.