|Title:||Head Ice Hockey Coach|
Erik Noack is entering his 10th season at the helm of the Wildcat hockey team. The ECAC Northeast coach of the Year in 2004-05, he is widely regarded as one of the top coaches in the conference. He has guided the Wildcats to the brink of the NCAA Division III Championship after appearing in the ECAC Northeast championship game for the first time in school history in 2010.
Noack played his junior hockey for the Cornwall Colts of the Central Ontario Junior Hockey League. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Noack served as team captain while helping the Tigers achieve a No. 1 national ranking. During his career with the Tigers, RIT played in three NCAA National Championships, including the 1996 title game. Noack went on to play in nearly 200 professional games in the East Coast Hockey League and the Western Professional Hockey League. After retiring from professional hockey, Noack began his coaching career at another of the nation’s top hockey institutions, the State University of New York at Fredonia. Noack received his bachelor’s degree from RIT in 1998 and his M.B.A. in marketing from Johnson & Wales in 2004.
During his tenure at Johnson & Wales, Noack has recruited and coached ECAC Northeast Players of the Year three times (Matt McGilvray 2008, Jeremiah Ketts 2011 and 2012), two AHCA All Americans (Jeremiah Ketts 2011 and 2012) and USCHO.Com All-Americans five times (Matt McGilvray 2008, Craig Houle 2010, Jeremiah Ketts 2011 and 2012 and Domenic Recchia 2012). He has also recruited and coached 10 players that have moved on to play professional hockey.
Noack also serves as the athletic department's business and payroll manager and is a member of the faculty in the JWU Sports Entertainment and Event Management Department. Erik has been instrumental in bringing the JWU Lacrosse Club to the forefront and will continue to support the team in their first season as a varsity program in 2013-2013. He also spends his summer as an instructor at the Can-Am Hockey School at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York and helps with the evaluation process for USA Hockey in Tempe, Arizona.
|Title:||Assistant Ice Hockey Coach|
Garth Noack is starting his ninth season as the top assistant coach for the Wildcats. An integral part of the day-to-day operations of the Wildcats program, Noack is responsible for video breakdown and working with the defensive corps.
Noack is also an active member of the area youth hockey community as he guided the RI Saints U-16 team to the USA Hockey Nationals in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
After serving for eight years in the U.S. Marines, Noack returned to JWU to play defense for the Wildcats. An ECAC Northeast All-Academic selection in 2004, he graduated from the University with highest honors.
He serves as a tax accountant in the State of Rhode Island.
|Title:||Assistant Hockey Coach|
McGilvray comes to JWU after a three year stint as assistant coach for the Laconia Leafs (AJHL) Junior A team and head coach of the Leafs Junior B team in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. In this role he scouted and recruited potential players. He also developed practice plans and game strategies for the clubs.
One of the most decorated players to ever wear a Johnson & Wales sweater, McGilvray was 2005 ECAC Northeast Rookie of the Year. He followed up that effort by being named an ECAC Northeast first team All-Star as a sophomore and junior. As a senior he was named ECAC Northeast Player of the Year and was also named to the USCHO.com All-American Team. McGilvray currently sits third on the JWU all time scoring list with 72 goals and 65 assists for 137 total points in 102 games played. He was also named to the ECAC All-Academic team each season. At the conclusion of his college career, Matt played professionally for the Twin City Cyclones of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
|Title:||Assistant Ice Hockey Coach|
Craig Houle is entering his third season as an assistant coach on the Wildcats staff.
During his senior season, he led the team in scoring with 47 points while earning First Team All-ECAC Northeast accolades. A USCHO.Com All-American in 2010, he is ranked in the top-10 of school's all-time scoring list.
A dynamic member of the local business community, Houle is heavily involved in investment banking.