August 19, 2013
Fort Wayne, Ind.—Indiana Tech introduced Frank DiCristofaro on Monday as the coach of the Warriors’ men’s ice hockey team, which will begin competition in fall 2014.
“We are very pleased to have Frank join our team,” said Athletic Director Martin Neuhoff. “His experience and expertise in recruiting and coaching will be an asset to us in the launch of our ice hockey program and beyond.”
DiCristofaro was previously head hockey coach at Wayne State University. Prior to that position he was associate head coach at St. Clair Shores High School in St. Clair Shores, Mich. He holds a USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Certification.
“I’m very excited to become part of the Indiana Tech community,” DiCristofaro said. “Coach Neuhoff has a great framework in place with his plans for the hockey program. I’m looking forward to being a part of the strong tradition that Indiana Tech has established in both academics and athletics.”
His professional playing experience as a forward includes time with the Detroit Hitmen (AAHL), the Detroit Dragons (AAHA), and the Chi-Town Shooters (AAHA). He played collegiately at Wayne State University.
DiCristofaro earned a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in sport administration from Wayne State.
Indiana Tech announced its plans to add a men’s ice hockey team in June. The Warriors will play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The university will recruit student-athletes for two 20-man rosters to begin play in fall 2014. Potential opponents include Davenport University, Lawrence Tech, Aquinas College, Calvin College, and Hope College.
The scope of Warrior athletics has grown steadily in recent years. In addition to the new ice hockey team, Indiana Tech programs include band, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s bowling, coed cheer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s track and field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling.
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