Coach Lang is coming off a great 2018-19 season. With his team capturing the Atlantic Hockey Championship, they moved on to the NCAA National Championship and upset the #1 seed, St Cloud State. AIC lost to Denver in the next round, but finished the season with more wins than any team in AIC’s history – and ranked #16 in Div I hockey.

For the year’s success, Coach Lang was honored as the Atlantic Hockey Conference 2019 Coach of the Year – and was a finalist for the AHCA Men’s Ice Hockey Spencer Penrose Award (Div I Coach of the Year).

Coach Lang has been working with college athletes for over 10 years; and before he became the current head coach of his alma mater, Division I AIC, he was head coach of the men's and women's teams at Manhattanville and assistant coach at West Point.

Eric lives in Avon, CT with his wife Christine and their 4 kids (all hockey players)


Coach Giordano grew up playing hockey in CT, spending early days with the Springfield Pics, then moving on to Loomis Chaffee – and finishing his playing career at Connecticut College, where he currently serves as the assistant coach.  Joe’s responsibilities include recruiting, hockey operations, as well as team strength and conditioning – on and off the ice.

During his time at Conn College, Joe had the honor of being team captain and earned a spot on the NESCAC All-Academic Team. His passion for the game comes with a disciplined approach to skill development that helps build college, and youth, athletes develop the skills to get to the next level.


Stephen is a native of upstate New York.  In addition to an impressive career of his own, playing college hockey and professional hockey in the SPHL, Stephen has been working with youth hockey players for years. 

While focusing heavily on proper skating techniques and smooth stick stills, Stephen is constantly preparing young hockey players for the next step in the development process.

Stephen is in his 4th season as assistant coach at Division I AIC - and focuses most of his time on skills development for the team. 


Coach Walsh grew up in the Boston area and played high school at The Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA before playing as a four-year starter at Div II St. Michael's College (VT).  During his first year in VT, Jim’s team won the NCAA Div II Hockey National Championship.

Jim served as team captain his senior year – and finished his time at St Michael’s with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance before earning a master’s degree in business administration from Clarkson University (NY). 

Jim now lives in Avon, CT with his wife, Shelly, and their 3 kids - and spends spare time coaching in the Avon Youth Hockey and Northern Lights Girls Hockey programs.


Matt brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience that fuel his passion for developing young players. With over 8 years of NCAA coaching experience, Coach Woodard has spent time at Manhattanville (NY), RIT (NY), Yale (CT) and now serves as the assistant coach of the Div I Women’s team at Dartmouth (NH).

Prior to coaching, Matt played for Wayne Komets and the Bloomington PrarieThunder. During his college years, Matt was a 4-year starter at Div I AIC (MA) and 4-time All-Academic honoree. Matt has degrees in criminal justice, psychology, and a masters in sports business management.






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