CASTLETON, Vt. — Castleton State College Associate Dean for Athletics and Recreation, Deanna Tyson, announced that former Plattsburgh State assistant hockey coach Steve Moffat has been named the new Castleton State men’s hockey coach Monday.
“We are very excited to have Steve join our staff,” Tyson said. “His time at Plattsburgh has been marked by success both on the ice and off. I have no doubt that he is the right person to build off the strong foundation already established in our men’s hockey program.”
Moffat has been a member of the Plattsburgh men’s hockey staff for the last 13 years, including the past 10 as head coach Bob Emery’s top assistant. His chief responsibilities included recruiting, game-film breakdown, assisting with game and practice preparation, as well as monitoring the academic success of student-athletes and team travel.
“I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to lead the Castleton hockey program,” Moffat said. “I want to thank (President) Dave Wolk, (Dean of Administration) Scott Dikeman, Deanna Tyson and the entire search committee for believing in me and providing that opportunity. I would also like to thank coach Emery for his leadership and support. Spending 17 years as a player and coach learning under one of the most successful coaches in the country has given me the experience and knowledge to lead a program like Castleton, which in just 10 years has emerged as a national contender.”
On the ice, the Cardinals have won at least 19 games in each of the past six seasons and reached the NCAA National Tournament in five of the past six years, including an appearance in the NCAA Division III national championship game during the 2007-08 season.
Plattsburgh has also won five SUNYAC Championships in Moffat’s 10 years as the top assistant. As a graduate assistant, he helped the Cardinals to an NCAA title in 2001.
Moffat was a two-time All-American forward at Plattsburgh and finished his career with over 100 goals and 200 total points. He graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and earned his master’s degree in school counseling from Plattsburgh in 2002.
After his graduation in 1998, Moffat played professionally in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) for the Northeast Division champion Columbus Chill in 1998-99. The following season, he helped the Florida Everblades clinch the ECHL’s best record and 2000 Southeast Division crown.
Moffat takes over for Alex Todd, who resigned to become an assistant coach at Division I University of Nebraska-Omaha in July.
He and his wife will join the Castleton community immediately.