ANGOLA, Ind. -- The Trine men's ice hockey team has named Austin Keiser the program's first assistant coach, the team announced today.
Keiser brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience across multiple levels to the Thunder. He most recently worked as an assistant coach at Western New England University, his alma mater and a NCAA Division III member. He served as the team's strength and conditioning coordinator while working on player/goalie skill development and systems development and implementation.
"I am excited to be a part of history with the new hockey program at Trine University," Keiser said. "I'm looking forward to helping create a winning culture as the program is launched. The support and commitment from the university and the Angola community is something I'm grateful to be a part of."
Keiser's playing experience at goalie included professional experience with the Atlanta Gladiators of the East Coach Hockey League. He made collegiate stops at Western New England University and SUNY Postdam. Keiser earned All-Academic honors at both stops. While at Western New England, he compiled a .904 save percentage was named the Rutland Herald Thanksgiving Showcase MVP. While at Postdam, he was a three-time SUNYAC Goalie of the Week.
Upon the conclusion of his playing career, Keiser took his goaltending experience into coaching where he worked with goalies across multiple levels. His stops include experience coaching goalies with Pro Crease, Can/Am Hockey and Westminster Prep School.
The Trine men's hockey team will launch its inaugural season this winter. Led by head coach Alex Todd, the team will compete in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Conference as a member of NCAA Division III. The puck drops Friday, Oct. 27. More details on the full schedule will be released in the coming weeks.