Coaching 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. Prior to leading the Bobcats, Hogan was at the helm of the University of Arizona Hockey program from 2011 through 2014. Under Hogan, Wildcat Hockey earned their first berth in the ACHA Division I National Tournament 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. 

Prior to his time with the Wildcats, Hogan served as an assistant coach and Director of Video Operations for the Western Michigan University Bronco Hockey team (2010-2011). Working under head coach Jeff Blashill, Hogan was part of a staff  that led the Broncos to finish with 19 wins and a berth in the NCAA Division I National Tournament. In 2009-2010, Hogan served as head coach of the Yellowstone Quake Junior A hockey team in Cody, WY. Under Hogan, the Quake finished 34-14-0 and were a finalist in the America West championship series.

From 2005-2009 Hogan served as the head coach of the Oakland University Men's ACHA team, winning an ACHA Division I National Championship in 2007 and an ACHA Division II National Championship in 2006. Hogan was an assistant coach for Oakland University when the Grizzlies won the 2004 ACHA Division II National Title.

From 2007-2009 Hogan served as hockey director and coaching director of one of 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 and was named Iona College Rookie of the Year in 1996-1997. Originally from White Lake, MI, Hogan 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.

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