2017 FIRST SHOT SHOWCASE COACHES
DIANE DILLON | HEAD WOMEN'S COACH AT OSWEGO STATE
Diane Dillon has been the head coach of the Oswego State Laker women's ice hockey program since 2006. Last season, Dillon helmed a team that posted a 12-11-4 record and won its first game of the ECAC West Tournament.
In the 2014-15 campaign, Dillon guided Oswego State to its best overall record in program history, 19-7-1 and its best ECAC West finish of 12-5-1. The Lakers made their fourth-straight appearance in the postseason and finished as ECAC West semifinalists. She also coached Bridget Smith, who was the program's first ever All-Amerca honors. Over her tenure, Dillon has coached 10 players to 12 different All-Conference accolades.
In 2012-13, Dillon directed the team to their first-ever post-season win in a 3-0 ECAC West quarterfinal contest against Neumann.
Her first season behind the bench at Oswego State, Dillon went on to garner ECAC Women's West Coach of the Year honors.
A native of Tonawanda, N.Y., completed five seasons as assistant coach for women's ice hockey at Cornell University prior to becoming the head coach at Oswego State. In addition to game and practice responsibilities, Dillon was the primary recruiting coordinator for the Big Red and monitored academic progress of the student-athletes. She was also involved with developing the program's relationship with alumni and the community.
A 1983 graduate of Cornell, Dillon is one of the most prominent players in the program's history. She currently stands eighth in Big Red history in goals (65), tied for fifth in assists (79) and sixth in total points (144). She was a team MVP in her freshman year and served as a team captain for three years, helping the Big Red to Ivy League championships in 1979 and 1980.
"Oswego State provides a tremendous academic and athletic opportunity for any student-athlete interested in continuing her ice hockey career. We offer an affordable, quality education with the chance to compete at a school with a tremendous ice hockey tradition in a world-class facility."
GREG HANEY | ASSISTANT WOMEN'S COACH AT OSWEGO STATE
The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team hired Greg Haney as its full-time assistant coach as in July of 2015. Haney joined the Lakers after spending a year at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point when the Pointers made a run to the national championship game before falling to Trinity College.
While at Stevens Point, Haney helped to student-athletes to All-America selections and five to All-Conference accolades, including WIAC (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Player of the Year. Prior to assisting the Pointers, Haney spent two season at Western New England University as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator. Haney, a native of Marcellus, N.Y., developed a strength and conditioning program for the Golden Bears while also heading the recruiting and scouting efforts.
Other coaching experience includes a year as an assistant at the National Sports Academy at Lake Placid and a year as a student assistant at his alma mater, Cortland.
In his playing days as a Red Dragon, Haney appeared in 42 games, collecting 22 points on six goals and 16 assists before suffering a career-ending injury before his senior year. This opened the door to the coaching realm as he began his journey behind the bench as a student assistant, aiding with video breakdown and on-campus recruiting.
The forward spent a year at Onondaga Community College before heading to Cortland, with the Lazers posting a perfect 15-0 mark on their way to the 2007 NJCAA National Championship.
During his high school years, Haney played for Solvay where he was a two-time First Team All-New York State selection, including New York State Player of the Year in 2005.
Haney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in education. He currently resides in Marcellus.
MARK DIGBY | ASSISTANT MEN'S COACH AT OSWEGO STATE
Mark Digby has completed his sixth season with the Oswego State Men’s Ice Hockey team. Digby joined the program in July 2010 as assistant coach, taking over penalty killing and defense responsibilities. He has helped guide the Lakers to an impressive 127-37-10 record in those six years.
Through his six seasons, the Lakers have made five NCAA tournament appearances, falling once in the quarterfinal, twice in the Frozen Four Semi-Final, and twice in the NCAA Championship game. Overall, the Lakers have accumulated 8 NCAA tournament game wins during that span. The Lakers have also won SUNYAC Championships in 2013 and 2014.
In addition to team accomplishments, Digby has coached eight All-American selections at Oswego, 26 All-SUNYAC selections, and one Sid Watson Award winner (Paul Rodrigues), which is symbolic of the nation’s best Division III men’s hockey player.
Prior to joining the Lakers, Digby spent four seasons as the assistant coach at The College at Brockport. While in Brockport, he helped guide the Golden Eagles to their program’s first home playoff game and first ever home playoff win, both in 2008. Those same accomplishments were achieved the following year, when they finished 4th in the SUNYAC and defeated SUNY Potsdam at home for the second consecutive season. Digby is also responsible for recruiting and coaching the first ever All-American to The College at Brockport (James Cody).
Digby receieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in 2005 and earned his Master of Science degree in Recreation Management in 2009. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Oswego with their daughter Grace.
JON WHITELAW | ASSISTANT MEN'S COACH AT OSWEGO STATE
The Oswego State Athletic Department hired Jon Whitelaw as the new men’s ice hockey graduate assistant coach in the summer of 2016. Whitelaw joins the Lakers after spending a year at Cortland as a graduate assistant coach.
Prior to Cortland, Whitelaw spent a year helping out the Huntsville Otters, his former junior hockey team, in his hometown of Huntsville, Ont. During the 2013-2014 season, he spent a year playing professional hockey in France with the Morzine-Avoriaz Penguins.
Whitelaw graduated from Oswego in 2013 and played four seasons with the men’s ice hockey team. Throughout his undergraduate tenure, he played in four NCAA Division III Frozen Fours, two national title games and helped win two SUNYAC Championship titles in 2010 and 2013.
As a freshman, in the 2009-2010 season, he was named Conference Rookie of the Year. Two years later he was named assistant captain and was the recipient of a multitude of awards. He was named East Region Second Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association, first-team All-SUNYAC and was the 2012 SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
During his senior year he was named captain of the Lakers. Whitelaw was once again honored several times. He was named the 2013 Oswego State Academic Male Student-Athlete of the Year and earned the 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
In his four years and 110 games played, Whitelaw scored 53 goals and recorded 86 assists for 139 points, which is tied for 28th on the all-time points list.
STEPH MOBERG | ASSISTANT WOMEN'S COACH AT MERRIMACK COLLEGE
Steph Moberg begins her first season as Assistant Coach for the women's ice hockey team in 2016-17.
Moberg comes to North Andover after two years as the head coach of the Castleton women's ice hockey program, where she was able to lead the Spartans to unprecedented success during her short tenure in Vermont.
Last season, the Spartans received a national ranking from both D3hockey.com and USCHO.com polls for the first time in program history, reaching as high as sixth in the nation. Moberg led Castleton to the program's first wins over nationally ranked Middlebury and Norwich on their way to posting a school-record 17 victories. Moberg would coach three players to all-conference honors, including one All-American.
In 2014-15, Moberg led Castleton to a 14-12-2 record, leading the team to a No. 3 seed in its conference tournament and an upset in the semifinals to reach the NEHC Championship game in her first year at the helm.
Prior to Castleton, Moberg spent a season as an assistant coach with the Colby College women's ice hockey team. In her lone season with the Mules, she helped guide them to a 10-win campaign, including an upset of second-seeded Amherst in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. She also served as an assistant coach for two years at Connecticut College, where she helped lead the Camels to two winning seasons before heading to Colby.
A 2010 graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, Moberg won NCAA Division III titles in 2007 and 2008 with the Cardinals; over her four years as a student-athlete, she helped the team post a remarkable 97-11-7 record. She was a two-time American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) First Team All-American in both 2009 and 2010 as well as a three-time ECAC West All-Academic Selection. She was also named the ECAC West Player of the Year in 2010 and finished as the runner-up for National Player of the Year that same season.
Moberg has worked at numerous hockey camps in Toronto, Vancouver, Lake Placid, Princeton University, Hamilton College and Clarkson University. She has also been a USA Hockey National Camp intern coach (2011) and has been a USA Hockey New York District evaluator on three occasions.
ALI DOMENICO | ASSISTANT WOMEN'S COACH AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Alison Domenico joined the Syracuse ice hockey staff as an assistant coach in 2011. Domenico will assist Flanagan in all aspects of the ice hockey program as it prepares to compete against the nation's elite in its sixth season.
Domenico comes to SU from Ohio State University, where she was an assistant coach with the Buckeyes in 2010-11. During her time Columbus, Domenico provided on and off-ice instruction with the Buckeye women's ice hockey team as well as video analysis and day-to-day hockey operations. Her responsibilities also included budget management for recruiting trips, prospective student-athlete visits, home meals and team banquets.
Domenico received her bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University in 2009, where she played four seasons for the Saints. She played in 153 career games, the sixth-most in St. Lawrence history, and is tied for first on the Saints all-time records list for career power play goals (29). During her career, she played in four ECAC Tournaments and four NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Frozen Four in 2006 and 2007.
As the captain during her senior season, Domenico played in all 38 games, scoring 16 goals and adding 21 assists. She was named the ECAC Defensive Forward of the Year as well as earning ECAC Second Team All-League honors.
MELISSA LOMANTO | HEAD WOMEN'S COACH AT MORRISVILLE STATE
Melissa Lomanto, a native of Whitesboro, N.Y., joined the Morrisville State College athletics department staff as the inaugural coach of the women’s ice hockey program in 2014, and in its first season of competition as a varsity program in 2015-16, directed the Mustangs to a 10-14-3 overall record on the ice and 9-3-2 Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) stint.
Lomanto's team made their first appearance as the 17th intercollegiate team for Morrisville State in October 2015, and quickly set the standard for future squads on the ice. In its first season, Lomanto's program earned a spot in the CHC Championship Tournament, winning the quarter-final round before concluding the season in the semifinals.
Selected by her peers as the 2015-16 CHC Coach of the Year, Lomanto had five earn All-Conference honors, and one named to the USCHO All-Rookie Team.
Lomanto comes to Morrisville with a wealth of playing and coaching experience, having previously held two head coaching positions with young programs. She began her coaching career in 2005 as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Utica College, after a stellar four-year career with the Pioneers.
During her three seasons on the bench with Utica, the team had three consecutive 18 win seasons, and advanced to the ECAC West Conference tournament each season. The program, at the time, also produced a school record three All-Americans.
In 2008 Lomanto was named the head coach at Adrian College, where she guided the Bulldogs to a 52-25-6 overall record over the next three seasons, earning a top ten national ranking in each season. Throughout her time with Adrian, Lomanto guided the Bulldogs to the 2011 NCHA Conference Championship, while becoming the first women’s program in Adrian history to make an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
Lomanto spent a seasons as a volunteer coach with the Colgate University’s women’s program before joining the SUNY Canton staff as head coach. Over the course of two seasons, she guided the new program to an overall record of 17-28-4, posting a 9-14-2 record in the first year of NCAA Division III competition, with a program first win over a Division I program.
Lomanto has had several players earn all-Conference, All-Rookie and All-Academic accolades.
Aside from the pursuit of excellence on the ice and in the classroom, Lomanto’s teams have been actively involved in the community. In 2012-13, her program was recognized with the SUNY Canton “Make a Difference” Award, and ACHA Community Service Award. In 2014, they earned the SUNY Canton Humanitarian Award.
Lomanto played in 102 consecutive games for Utica College across four seasons, where she earned ECAC West All-Rookie Team accolades and ECAC West All-Conference Team recognition for three consecutive seasons; along with Most Valuable Player, Coaches, Blue Collar and M. Lomanto Ironman awards. In 2006 she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in health studies, and is pursuing her Masters of Science degree in educational leadership at St. Lawrence University.
Active in the camp and clinic circuit in Central New York, Lomanto continues to serve as a coach and evaluator with USA Hockey since 2003, and has been an on-ice instructor with the Blueline Hockey Camps since 2005.
Aside from her duties with establishing the women’s ice hockey program, Lomanto will also serve as an assistant for sports information, with responsibility for video and social media within the athletics department.
MATT WOODARD | ASSISTANT WOMEN'S COACH AT RIT
Matt Woodard begins his fourth season as an assistant coach with the women's hockey program for the 2016-17 season and third as the lead assistant. Woodard assists Bruce B. Bates Women’s Hockey Coach Scott McDonald in all aspects of the program, including recruiting and on-ice preparation.
In his first two seasons at RIT, Woodard helped lead the squad to back-to-back College Hockey America Championships. In 2014-15, the Tigers emerged victorious as the No. 6 seed in the tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time. In addition, Woodard played an integral role in recruiting RIT’s incoming class for the 2016-17 season, which includes six highly touted student-athletes from all over North America.
Originally from St. Louis Park, Minn., Woodard spent two seasons (2011-13) at Manhattanville College, serving as the assistant women's hockey coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped lead the Valiants, a Division III perennial power, to a 33-18-5 record and back-to-back appearances in the ECAC East Championship game.
At Manhattanville, Woodard coordinated the Valiants recruiting efforts, both nationally, and internationally, conducted video analysis and film breakdown, monitored academic progress of his players, and managed and organized marketing and fundraising initiatives. In addition, he was in charge of defensive zone coverage and penalty-killing units.
Woodard played four seasons of Division I collegiate hockey for RIT men's rival American International College on defense, recording 29 points on six goals and 23 assists in 133 games played. His 133 games played are tied for fourth most in program history and are the most among all Yellow Jackets defensemen.
In the classroom, Woodard excelled, earning a double major in criminal justice and psychology. He was a four-time member of the Atlantic Hockey Association All-Academic Team and was the recipient of the ECAC Award of Merit for excellence on the field of competition and in the classroom. At Manhattanville, Woodard earned a master's degree in sports business management.
Woodard resides in Canandaigua with his wife, Rhonwen.
WHITNEY COLBERT | ASSISTANT WOMEN'S COACH AT UNION COLLEGE
Whitney Colbert joined the staff of Union College Women's Ice Hockey Head Coach Josh Sciba as an assistant coach on June 22, 2016.
Colbert joined the Dutchwomen from Connecticut College, where she spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Camels' women's hockey program.
"Whitney brings a new level of passion and energy that our players will feel immediately," said Sciba She'll be a great role model and teacher for our team. Her coaching and playing experience in the NESCAC and work with USA Hockey will help us identify and recruit the type of players that fit our identity here at Union College."
Colbert helped lead Connecticut College to a program-best fourth-place finish in the NESCAC in 2015-16 with an overall record of 15-8-3. Prior to Connecticut College, Colbert interned with the Cornell University men's hockey coaching staff and with the USA Hockey women's department in Colorado Springs, CO. She continues to be involved with USA Hockey, working at the U-18 and U-15 National Camps in St. Cloud, MN as an intern coach and on-ice skills person. She also acted as the hockey operations assistant for the Top 66 Under-18 player evaluation camp in Maine and for the U.S. vs. Canada three-game series for both Under-18 and Under-22 teams in Lake Placid, NY.
As a student-athlete, Colbert was a four-year player at Trinity College (CT), appearing in 68 games. Off the ice, Colbert spearheaded numerous charitable endeavors in and around the Hartford. In 2013, she coordinated a "Pink in the Rink," event that helped raise $13,500 dollars for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and in 2014, organized a game dedicated to raise awareness for Connecticut Children's Hospital which raised over $7,500.
Colbert earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity in sociology and is currently completing her master's degree in Sports Leadership at Northeastern University.
JULIE KNERR | ASSISTANT COACH AT BISHOP CARNEY PREP
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JAMIE GOLDSMITH | ASSISTANT COACH FOR NORTHERN CYCLONES NEWJHL U19
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