Hockey Staff (Ohio Bobcats Hockey)

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Sean Hogan, Head Coach

Hometown: White Lake, MI

Hogan was named Head Coach of OHIO Hockey on June 16th 2014. Hogan spent the three previous seasons as head coach of the Arizona Wildcat Hockey team. During Sean’s time in the desert, he helped lead the Wildcats back to national prominence by securing the Wildcats’ first ACHA Division I National Tournament appearance since 2006. In his final season at the helm, Wildcat Hockey posted 17 wins, their highest total since 2008; and defeated seven top ten teams, the most in 17 seasons. Hogan led Arizona to a #20 finish in 2012-13 and a #23 finish in 2011-12. During his time at Arizona, Hogan was named by USA Hockey as an assistant coach for the U.S Men's National University Team that competed at the 2013 Winter World University Games in Trentino, Italy. Hogan was honored again in 2014 by being named an assistant coach for the 2015 U.S Team that will compete in the World University Games in Granada, Spain.

Off the ice, Sean made an immediate impact by spearheading the team’s community outreach program, actively engaging and partnering with Wildcat Youth Hockey and community leaders. For his efforts on and off the ice, Sean was named as a top coach among all sports at the University of Arizona by the Daily Wildcat, the student newspaper.

Previously, Hogan was as an assistant coach and the Director of Video Operations for the Western Michigan University Bronco Hockey team of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). While there, Hogan served under Head Coach Jeff Blashill, who is currently the Head Coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League (AHL). While with the Broncos, Hogan was part of a staff that led Western Michigan to the CCHA Finals and their first berth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I National Tournament since 1986.

Previously in 2009-2010, Hogan was the Head Coach of the Yellowstone Quake of the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NorPac), leading the team to a 34-14-0 record and an American West Division Playoff Finals appearance.

Prior to his time in Wyoming, he was the head coach of the Oakland University Men's ACHA team from 2005-2009, winning an ACHA Division 1 National Championship in 2007 and an ACHA Division 2 National Championship in 2006. Hogan was also an assistant coach for Oakland University when the Grizzlies won the 2004 ACHA Division 2 National Title.

From 2007-2009 Hogan served as hockey director and coaching director of one Michigan's largest hockey associations, the Rochester Hockey Club. He also spent time as a director with Suburban Hockey Schools, Michigan's longest running summer hockey school. Hogan played for Iona College from 1996-1998.

Originally from White Lake, MI, Hogan now resides in Athens, OH and graduated from Michigan State University in 2001 with a degree in Public Policy and Public Administration

Email Head Coach Sean Hogan at [email protected]


David Nies - Assistant Coach

Hometown: Brookline, MA

David, a New England native joins the staff after recently serving in the role of Volunteer Coach at his alma mater, University of Southern Maine. In this role, David focused on forwards, team penalty kill systems, video analysis, and strength & conditioning. David played four years at USM where he served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. At USM, David earned a B.A in Criminology, and received ECAC-East All-Academic Team Honors for three years.  Prior to joining the University of Southern Maine squad, David played for the Northern Mass Cyclones of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League and the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. David is also involved with USA Hockey as an evaluator and coach for the New England Yankee Conference Festival. David will enroll in Ohio's Patton College of Education and earn his M.S.R.S in Coaching Education this fall and. He will work primarily with Bobcat forwards and serve as the Commissioner for the Bird Arena Hockey League.

Kyle Schussler - Assistant Coach

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Kyle, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, will join the Ohio University Bobcats staff commencing the 2014-15 season. Kyle comes to Ohio after winding down a long playing career throughout North America. Kyle played his minor hockey in his home province of Manitoba before moving to Alberta where he played 2 years for the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Following his junior career, Kyle acquired a Division I scholarship to Dartmouth College of the ECAC. Kyle played four years at the Ivy League college where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Studio Art. Kyle went on to play a season in the Central Hockey League for the Arizona Sundogs. Moving on from his playing days, he accepted a position as a high school teacher, coach, and recruiter at the Ontario Hockey Academy in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Kyle is pursuing a degree in Ohio University's Coaching Education Master’s Program. Kyle will work primarily with Bobcat defenseman and Learn-to-Skate programming at Bird Arena.

Ian Smith - Director of Hockey Operations, ACHA DI & DII Goaltending Consultant

Hometown: North Olmsted, OH

Ian will have a crucial position on the 2014-2015 Ohio University ACHA Division I Team Staff as the lone holdover from last season, he also carries the pride for the state of Ohio on the coaching staff. Ian will move off-ice where he has suited up as a goaltender for the ACHA DI Bobcats the last three years as he finishes his studies. Ian will be tasked with overseeing video analysis, system breakdown, and strategic implementation during games. Ian will also assist with off-ice support of the hockey team. He will also continue to mentor the DI goaltenders and assist ACHA DII Head Coach Phil Oberlin with his goaltenders. Ian has worked the past several summers at Kent Hockey School at Kent University, and has assisted with Mid-Am Hockey Camps there as well. Ian also served as an evaluator for two Mid-Am age groups' goaltenders this past spring as the players sought to gain an invite to the U.S Festival in Rochester, NY. Ian resides in Athens with his wife, Ashley, and daughter, Ryleigh.

Phil Oberlin-Head Coach OHIO Hockey ACHA DII

Hometown: Athens, OH

Phil grew up playing hockey for the Athens Youth Hockey Association before leaving in 2003 to pursue playing Jr. Hockey for the Cincinnati Cobras of the Central State Hockey League.  He was named assistant captain in his second year in Cincinnati and also named to the CSHL All-Star team.  His last season in Cincinnati he was named captain as the team transitioned from being the Cobras into becoming the Cincinnati Cyclones.  After his Jr. Hockey career, Phil returned to his hometown of Athens to attend Ohio University and play for the Bobcats.  During his freshmen season as a Bobcat Phil was awarded Rookie of the Year and Unsung Hero.  His sophomore season he was voted assistant captain by his teammates and captain, his junior and senior years.

After his playing career ended, Phil took over as the head coach of Ohio University’s Division II Men’s Ice Hockey team and the Director of the Learn To Play Hockey program at Bird Arena.  As head coach, the DII Bobcats have accumulated a record of 52-31-2.  Following the 2013-14 season Phil was awarded the Tri-States Collegiate Hockey League’s Coach of the Year honors.

Dr. Daniel R. Black, D.O. - Dr. of Osteopathic Medicine 1985

AAPM&R – Board Certified American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

(Physical Medicine practice of nonsurgical Orthopedics and functional Neurology)


Sports Medicine

Dr. Black has been caring for high school and collegiate sports athletes for 25 years. He has worked with the University of Louisville, the Cardinals football team during the Schnellengerger years and also the Louisville Ballet. More recently, he supported the Rio Grande University in soccer, basketball and volleyball. Dr. Black has done two tours with the United States Olympic Committee Program; Colorado Springs for International Wrestling Competition and Lake Placid with the USA Hockey Team in 2012. In the summer of 2012, he attended the National Hockey League’s Team Doctor Conference in Toronto, Canada. His personal interests lie with the relationship of sleep, hydration and nutrition on sports performance.

Malcolm Ford, Head Athletic Trainer

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Malcolm Ford returns for his second year as the Athletic Trainer for the Ohio University Ice Hockey team. He completed his undergraduate studies at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. During his time there, Malcolm worked primarily with the women’s soccer and wrestling team along with local high schools. As a first year graduate assistant, he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Athletic Training while performing research on the efficacy of ACL prevention protocols in the athletic population. During his time as an undergraduate student, Malcolm played lacrosse at the NCAA Division III level, serving as team captain of the King’s College Monarchs in both his junior and senior seasons. Malcolm is the older of two brothers. His family still resides in the Philadelphia area while his younger brother enters his sophomore year at Virginia Wesleyan College studying education. Each semester this season, Malcolm will oversee a three-member undergraduate athletic training team that will work with the ACHA Division I team.

Eric Larson, Director of Game Operations

Hometown: Dublin, OH

Eric returns to Bird Arena for his third consecutive season. As a Sophomore Eric earned Sports Management practicum credit for the first semester of the hockey season. After finishing his practicum experience, he worked for Coach Dan Morris as the Director of Hockey Operations for the remainder of the season. He completed another successful season as Director of Hockey Operation his Junior year under 1-year head coach Jon Sheridan. This year as Director of Game Day Operations he continues to perform the same role of managing ticketing sales and D-1 game day operations.  Previous professional experience for Eric includes working as a website manager for the Ohio Capital Conference, traveling to Los Angeles for the Phi Kappa Tau Leadership Academy, Pro Shop Assistant at the Athens Country Club, member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, completing the European Association for Sports Management Summer School at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and successfully completing an Ohio University structured Global Consulting Program for Adidas at their world headquarters in Bavaria, Germany.

Ryan Boyd, Director of Media

Hometown: Denver, CO

As a recent graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ryan returns to OHIO hockey for a fourth year of media service. This season, he will pass the broadcasting torch, which he held for the past three years, and will instead focus on managing the team website, its social media and the student media contributors. Ryan is also employed by Ohio University Undergraduate Admissions as an Admissions Advisor and works as a sports radio voice for WXTQ-WATH in Athens. Other professional experience for him includes two seasons as the Play-by-play Voice for the Southern Ohio Copperheads, a season broadcasting OHIO baseball, anchor for the live television show Ohio Sports Zone, and time as an NHL reporter for

Media inquiries, suggestions or comments can be directed to: [email protected]

Justin Baldwin, Director of Marketing


Hometown: Lincoln, RI


Justin is a Senior at Ohio University studying Sports Management with a minor in Marketing. He has been with the team for three years assisting in marketing, promotions, sales, and operations. With his promotion to Director of Marketing in the late spring, Justin looks to develop innovative marketing initiatives to promote Ohio Hockey around Ohio University and the surrounding area. Some of his professional experience includes interning with Gallagher Sports and the San Diego Sports Consulting Program.

Marketing inquiries, suggestions or comments can be directed to: [email protected]

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