Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Newport, RI- After their recent rise to the top end of their conference tables and an NCAA tournament appearance, Salve Regina was left with some fairly large shoes to fill when the architect of that build, Andy Boschetto, moved on to a Division I position under Jason Lammers at Niagara. On Monday, the Newport, Rhode Island institution announced they will hand the keys to one of their area's own in hopes of continuing the program's progress. Salve Regina announced the hiring of Zech Klann as the institution's new head men's ice hockey coach on Monday afternoon.
"We are so excited to have Zech join us at Salve Regina," Athletic Director Jody Mooradian said in the school's release. "His strong ties in the community and ice hockey connections will help us grow and continue our strong success. He brings a great deal of energy and knowledge to this position and is a great addition to the Seahawks."
Klann comes aboard after assisting with numerous programs throughout New England, including the Rhode Island Storm, St. George's Prep, and Islanders Premier Hockey Club. His playing exploits encompassed a four year run at the University of Massachussets-Amherst, where the Minutemen played in multiple Hockey East championship tournaments and appeared in the NCAA tournament during his eligibility.
As a junior player, Klann was drafted into the United States Hockey League by Philadelphia Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol, and played under the tutelage of Minnesota State-Mankato head coach Mike Hastings. He later polished off his junior career with the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs before heading off to UMass, and a later journey that now culminates with working close to home for Klann.
"It is a rare occasion to coach college hockey in my hometown," said Klann. "I am grateful for the opportunity to become a member of the Seahawk family and I am very excited to be a part of the strong tradition of hockey at Salve."
Salve finished the season at 14-8-4 after appearing in their first NCAA tournament in 2015-16.