ANGOLA, Ind. -- Trine University has named Alex Todd and Tom Hofman as head coaches for its men's and women's ice hockey teams, respectively, it was announced on Monday.
Todd, the former successful head coach at Castleton, will lead the Trine men. In eight seasons at Castleton, he posted a 114-78-21 overall mark as he built the Spartans into a perennial ECAC East contender, and he claimed league coach of the year honors in 2011.
"I am incredibly honored to be the first men's hockey coach at Trine University," Todd said. "Since the moment I arrived in Angola, I have been impressed with not only the campus and infrastructure, but the amazing people that truly make up Trine University"
"I believe that my variety of experiences in hockey as a player and a coach will be an excellent fit for Trine. I am eager to begin recruiting and introducing Trine and all it has to offer to hockey players all over North America. I am confident that through the collaborative efforts of the administration, the athletic department and myself, it is only a matter of time until Trine University is synonymous with hockey."
Prior to coaching, Todd played four seasons at Division I Union and professionally in the West Coast Hockey League and Central Hockey League. His first coaching stint came as an assistant at Utica during the 2004-05 season, and he was named the head coach at Castleton one year later. Todd has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Division I Nebraska-Omaha.
"Alex brings coaching experience at all different levels of college hockey as well as experience as a professional player," said Assistance Vice President of Athletics Matt Land. "The knowledge and skill that he has will be invaluable as the Thunder look forward to hitting the ice next year, and as we look ahead to building a competitive collegiate hockey program."
On the women's side, Hofman comes to Trine from neighboring Michigan where he was head coach of the women's club team at Davenport University in Grand Rapids. In three seasons at Davenport, Hofman posted an overall record of 30-48-3.
"I am honored and excited to be a part of the Trine Athletics family, to embrace the mission and rich 132-year history of the university, as well as the greater Angola community," Hofman said.
"I am thankful to Dr. Brooks, Mr. Land and the entire search committee for the incredible opportunity to develop and lead the Trine University women's hockey program. Their excitement, commitment, vision for academics and facilities were evident during this entire process. I am confident that my past experience in building a program at a private university will bode well in developing a competitive first-year team here."
Prior to coaching at Davenport, Hofman spent time as an assistant coach for the men's club team at Davenport and women's club team at Grand Valley State University.
"As we look forward to launching these new programs, we are thrilled with the caliber of coaches we have to get them off the ground," said Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II. "Building quality programs starts with strong leadership, and we believe we have found capable leaders in both our new hockey coaches."
Construction will begin this summer on a $4.5 million, 1,000-seat area, which will house both programs, both of which will begin NCAA Division III play in 2017.