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Amherst Men's Hockey Coaching Staff




Jack Arena '83
Head Coach Jack Arena '83

Mike McLaughlin
Asst. Coach Mike McLaughlin

Andy Jones '00
Asst. Coach Andy Jones '00
    Head Coach Jack Arena '83 enters his 19th year at the Amherst helm with 11 winning seasons and eight ECAC Tournament appearances to his credit. His 1991-92 and 1995-96 teams captured the ECAC Championship for just the second and third times in school history, while his 1998-99 team finished with a 19-3 overall record en route to a first-ever NCAA Tournament berth and a No. 6 ranking in the final U.S. College Hockey Online National Poll. This past season (2000-01), Arena's Jeffs just missed a second NCAA Tournament berth, finishing 18-5-3 overall and advancing to the NESCAC Tournament Championship game. Arena was voted the ECAC East and New England Hockey Writers Association Coach of the Year in 1996 and was a standout hockey player at Amherst before graduating in 1983. He is the Jeffs' fourth all-time leading scorer, capping an outstanding playing career by being selected the Hoby Baker Award winner as the most outstanding collegiate player in the country. Arena also coaches men's golf at Amherst, leading the Jeffs to four NESCAC Championships during his tenure.

Assistant Coach Mike McLaughlin enters his second season as an Amherst assistant after one year as a graduate assistant at nearby Division I power UMass-Amherst. A native of Longmeadow, Mass., McLaughlin played collegiately at the University of Vermont where he was elected team captain as a senior in 1992. He then played three professional seasons in the American Hockey League for the Rochester Americans and Binghamton Rangers, and also skated for the East Coast Hockey League's Jacksonville Lizard Kings, followed by a year in the German Elite League.

A native of Minnetonka, Minn. and a 2000 Amherst graduate, Andy Jones joined head coach Jack Arena's staff last season after an outstanding playing career. During his senior season, Jones captained the Jeffs to a 15-6-3 overall record and a berth in the first-ever NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, finishing third among Amherst defensemen with two goals and nine assists. After graduating with a degree in psychology, Jones was awarded the College's prestigious Hitchcock Fellowship and worked as an assistant coach for the women's soccer, baseball and men's hockey teams. He continues to work with the women's soccer team in the offseason, helping lead the Jeffs to their second-ever NCAA Final Four this past fall.

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