(Notre Dame, Ind.) After spending two years as an assistant coach with the men's hockey program, Bill Schmatz takes over the Saints as interim head coach. The Saints enter their fourth season in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).
"We are excited to have Coach Schmatz lead the hockey program this year," said Athletic Director Bob Schermerhorn. "His experience and familiarity with hockey and the players will be of great value to the team and the department."
Schmatz spent 8 years in various coaching positions before Holy Cross including travel, select and house league teams in the area. Coach Schmatz also spent 4 years as an assistant coach at St. Joe High School (South Bend, IN.). Originally from Dunkirk, NY, he moved to Mishawaka and graduated from Penn High School.
"I am very excited about the upcoming season," said Schmatz. "In addition to a strong core of returning players, we have a talented and experienced incoming group. I am looking for the Saints to be strong at both the offensive and defensive ends of the ice as well as being solid in goal."
Coach Schmatz earned his degree in Business Management at the University of Dayton in 1984. He currently lives in South Bend with his wife Patti, sons Tyler and Conner and daughter Kelli.
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