Notable Assistants on the Move this Offseason

It's an annual tradition that accompanies every offseason, but often flies under the radar. While players make their college commitments, and head coaches take that next major step forward or backwards in their careers, the months between when our lives operate at full capacity are also littered with assistant coaches who are on the move to the next chapters of their lives. 

As recent events have unfolded, we've learned that this offseason has been anything but ordinary when it comes to the latter point. Many assistant coaches who have led their teams to recent national success and worked alongside some of the game's best active coaches will leave voids in the framework of those programs with moves into new roles, and we saw it fit to compile some of the most notable recent moves from assistant coaches here for your perusal after Sean Walsh was hired to lead Southern New Hampshire in the past week.
  • AJ Aitken's second successful run at St. Norbert College has come to an end. The associate head coach of the Green Knights announced recently that he will be stepping aside from the collegiate coaching ranks to join his family's retail clothing business, according to a release issued by the school last month. Aitken worked in De Pere from 2003-12, and the past two seasons from 2015-17, sandwiching a productive run as the head coach of fellow NCHA member Marian. The Green Knights were an NCAA semifinalist or better in both years of his second stint on the staff. Aitken worked with nine Frozen Four teams and three national championship teams with the Green Knights, and was a trusted part of the team's daily operations under Tim Coghlin. A prior D3hockey.com piece on Aitken's work at St. Norbert can be found here.
  • UMass Boston assistant coach Sean Walsh has left Beantown to become the new head coach at Division II Southern New Hampshire University after a seven year run with the Beacons. Walsh worked in tandem with head coach Peter Belisle to orchestrate one of the most potent program buildups of the last decade in Division III, taking the Blue and White to the 2016 NCAA Division III Semifinals in Lake Placid in the team's first NCAA appearance, and helping to guide the Beacons to a pair of 20-win seasons. The 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns were the first 20-win seasons in over 30 years at UMass Boston. Walsh is a 2006 graduate of Southern New Hampshire. 
  • Adrian College assistant Chase Fuchs will not be returning to the Bulldogs for the 2017-18 season, and will instead occupy the role of an assistant coach and scout for the United States Hockey League's Bloomington Thunder. Fuchs was part of a staff that piloted the Bulldogs to two NCAA tournament appearances, including a semifinal appearance in Utica this year, and back-to-back Peters Cups as the regular season champions of the NCHA. Fuchs is also undefeated as a Division III head coach after steering the ship in an NCAA quarterfinal win. The opening in Bloomington has a tie to another familiar face in the Division III ranks. Former Neumann head coach Dennis Williams, who coached the Thunder this past season, was promoted by the team's ownership group to lead the WHL's Everett Silvertips, and the promotion of assistant Mike Watt to head coach in Bloomington opened the door for Fuchs. 
  • Trinity assistant Paul Kirtland will also leave for a position in the United States Hockey League. Kirtland assisted Matt Greason in the two-year-long process of getting back to the NCAA championship game after the team's national title in 2015, and was part of the staff that steered the Bantams to Utica this spring. Kirtland's new title will be assistant coach for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. He was previously in the USHL as a scout for the Omaha Lancers. 
Tuesday, Nov. 21: All times Eastern
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at Western New England 4, Post 2
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at Amherst 4, St. Michael's 1
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SUNY Potsdam 5, at Elmira 3
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Babson 3, at Tufts 1
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at New England College 5, Becker 2
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Worcester State 2, at Saint Anselm 1
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Salem State 5, at Southern Maine 3
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University of New England 3, at Bowdoin 2
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Chatham 4, at Morrisville State 4
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at Trinity 4, Nazareth 0
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at Assumption 3, Johnson and Wales 1
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Franklin Pierce at Westfield State
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UW-River Falls at Hamline
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Morrisville State 1, at Hamilton 0
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Amherst 4, at Manhattanville 0
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at Utica 4, SUNY Canton 1
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Salem State 1, at University of New England 1
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at Colby 2, Southern Maine 0
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at Wesleyan 1, Salve Regina 0
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at Sacred Heart 10, Neumann 0
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Franklin Pierce 3, at Castleton 2
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at Augsburg 5, UW-Superior 1
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Marian at UW-Stevens Point
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at UW-Eau Claire 4, Concordia-Moorhead 2
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St. Olaf at UW-River Falls
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at Trinity 4, Nazareth 0
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St. Olaf at UW-River Falls
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Amherst 4, at Manhattanville 0
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