Moore named St. Scholastica men’s hockey coach

The College of St. Scholastica announced Kevin Moore as its next head men’s hockey coach.

Moore replaces Tim Madsen, who stepped down in early April to pursue other opportunities. Moore will be the 11th Head Men’s Hockey Coach in school history.

“I’d like to thank (St. Scholastica Director of Athletics) Franco Bari and the search committee for this wonderful opportunity to lead the Saints Hockey program into the future,” said Moore. “I am looking forward to immediately connecting with our student athletes, alumni and the CSS community. I have been lucky to learn under many great coaches and I am extremely appreciative for everyone who has made an impact on my coaching career. I have taken something from each program I have been a part of and the accumulation of that knowledge will be applied to this position.”

Moore comes over from Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) foe Adrian College (Mich.), where he spent the last two seasons as an assistant for the Bulldogs. This past season with Adrian, the Bulldogs captured the NCHA Regular Season and Tournament championships, but had their season cut short before stepping on the ice in the NCAA Division III Tournament due to COVID-19. It marked the first time since 2015-16 they had captured both titles in the same season. In his time at Adrian, Moore coached the defensemen where he oversaw three All-American performers.

Prior to Adrian, Moore spent two years at NCAA Division I Princeton University (N.J.) where he was the Director of Hockey Operations. At Princeton, Moore coached the goaltenders and assisted the coaching staff with systematic and practice planning, as well as, player development for players across all positions. He also managed video for game preparation and player skill enhancement.

In his time with the Tigers, Princeton won the 2018 ECAC Hockey championship in an epic run as the No. 7 seed in the tournament to make the NCAA Tournament.

Other previous stops include being the goaltender coach at the University of New Hampshire from 2014-16 and at the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs for three seasons.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Kevin to the CSS Community,” said Bari. “Kevin stood out in a very strong pool with his knowledge of the game and strong commitment to the student-athlete experience. He clearly demonstrated his passion and excitement towards CSS Hockey, our community, and Duluth to the Search Committee and those who were a part of the interview process. Kevin has a strong track record having been a part of three championship programs and his ability to develop and relate to student-athletes on a personal level is very impressive. We are confident that Kevin will commit to creating a competitive championship atmosphere, while developing the men’s hockey team on the ice and beyond.”

The Belle Mead, New Jersey native was a goaltender at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he graduated in 2012. A cum laude graduate of UMass with a degree in journalism, Moore was a two-time winner of UMass Hockey’s Minuteman Spirit Award; for having exemplified dedication, determination, character and sportsmanship.

“I am looking forward to helping our student-athletes get out of their comfort zones in both the classroom and on the ice, while helping them make connections between life and hockey,” explained Moore. “I expect our student athletes to be in the present minded everyday so they can focus on developing discipline in the little details that bring long term success. CSS Hockey will be a destination for student-athletes who are selfless and who want to thrive on the ice, in the classroom, and in the community.”

In the summer of 2018, Moore took part as one of the first collegiate coaches to go to China and run a hockey school in Beijing in association with ECAC and the Kontinental Hockey League’s Kunlun Redstar. Moore was also part of the USA Hockey U-18 coaching staff at the 2019 Hlinka/Gretzky Cup. For three years he was part of the USA Hockey National Player Development selection camps.

Moore has been published in many hockey publications, most notably in The Hockey News where his article “The Pride of Princeton” described his time as a youth hockey player at Baker Rink. In 2015, he co-authored with Matt Lawrence a goalie training book entitled “Ironman Goaltending: The Pro’s Guide to Home Off-Ice Goaltending Development.”