Monday, June 23, 2008


A news release from RIT....

ROCHESTER, NY - RIT men’s hockey Head Coach Wayne Wilson and Lou Spiotti, Director for the Center of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, are proud to announce the hiring of Dave Insalaco, as assistant coach for the RIT men’s hockey program, effective June 1.

Insalaco comes to RIT after spending the last two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League. Midway through the 2007-08 season, he took over as the head coach and general manager, coaching incoming RIT freshmen Cameron Burt and Taylor McReynolds. In 2006-07, Insalaco also coached current Tiger standout Sean Murphy.

The Greece native played collegiately at SUNY Brockport from 1996-2000. Insalaco tallied 47 goals and 62 assists for 109 points in 108 career games for the Golden Eagles. He is seventh all-time at SUNY Brockport in goals and 10th in points. Insalaco was an All-SUNYAC second team selection in 2000 and Chase Memorial Academic Athletic Scholarship winner.

Insalaco played two years of professional hockey for the Adirondack IceHawks of the United Hockey League from 2000-2002, recording 10 goals and 21 assists for 31 points in 128 career games. He quickly became a fan favorite in Adirondack, winning the Unsung Hero and 110 Percent Award as voted on by the fans in 2001-02. Insalaco helped lead Adirondack to a division title in 2000-01.

Insalaco began his coaching career in 2002-03, as a volunteer assistant at SUNY Brockport. In 2003-04, he moved to SUNY Geneseo as an assistant coach. There, he worked under current RIT Associate Head Coach Brian Hills for two seasons. During Insalaco’s three seasons at SUNY Geneseo, the Ice Knights went 51-23-11 and earned two NCAA Division III Tournament berths.

Wilson, entering his 10th season at the helm of the Tigers, is excited to have Insalaco on board.“Dave is a young, smart, energetic coach, who will be a real asset to RIT,” said Wilson. “He excels in recruiting, skill development, video analysis and understands the game real well. Dave will fit in right away at RIT.”