Becker skates into ECAC Northeast

Published on Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

Becker College’s Athletic Director and  Head Hockey Coach Craig Barnett announced today that the men’s ice hockey team has been selected to join the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast Conference. Becker’s hockey program, in its inaugural season this year, will compete as an independent team and join the ECAC for the 2007-08season.
The 2006 ECAC Northeast Conference is comprised of the following teams: Assumption College, Framingham State College, Fitchburg State College, Nichols College, Johnson & Wales University, Curry College, Franklin Pierce College, Plymouth State University, Stonehill College, Salve Regina University, Southern N.H. University, Suffolk University, UMASS-Dartmouth, Wentworth College, Western New England College and Worcester State College.

According to their constitution, the purpose of the ECAC, the nation’s largest athletic conference, is “to establish, maintain and implement the highest standards of integrity, honesty and efficiency in the conduct, administration, policies and scope of amateur athletics activities and member institutions.”

In other hockey news at Becker, Steve Hoar, has signed on as the associate head hockey coach, joining Coach Barnett’s staff. Hoar will also serve as an assistant athletic director. Coach Hoar has an extensive hockey background that spans over twenty-five years; he started as an assistant hockey coach at the United States Military Academy in 1978. In 1984, he became the head hockey coach at State University of New York – Plattsburgh, N.Y. Coach Hoar’s 1987 team won the Division III NCAA  Championship. Steve spent 5 years at Tufts University, where his 1995 club tied a school record for wins in a season (11). He then spent another five years coaching the Boston Harbor Wolves, a member of the Eastern Junior Hockey League.

Coach Hoar, who resides in Woburn, Mass., received his bachelor of arts from Boston College. He also holds a master’s degree in education and certificate of advanced graduate study from Boston University.