Saturday, May 3, 2014


The Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey program has recently announced the hiring of their new assistant coach. Director of Athletics, Matthew Kennedy, announced that Haverford, Pa native Ian Finnerty will be the program's new assistant coach.

Finnerty comes from a strong playing and coaching background. He played junior hockey in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL) from 2005 – 2008, where he helped his team reach the postseason every season. Finnerty attended SUNY-Brockport (SUNYAC- NCAA DIII) where he was a pivotal piece in the growth of Brockport's hockey program. He finished his college career totaling 87 points in 89 career games. Finnerty earned the 7th man award while at Brockport from 2009 – 2012.  Ian graduated in 2012 with a degree in Business Management.

Shortly after graduating from Brockport, he signed a pro hockey contract with the Mississippi River Kings in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).  During his time in the SPHL, Finnerty contributed 14 goals and 15 assist for a total of 29 points.

This past year Ian took his hockey knowledge off the ice and to the UMBC Terriers (ACHA DII) bench. Ian was UMBC's assistant coach for the 2013 – 2014 season. Finnerty helped coach the UMBC Terriers all the way to the ACHA national semi-final and to a 3rd place finish in the nation.

Coach Burke expressed, "I am extremely excited and pleased to have Ian join the staff next season. I knew he would be a perfect fit for our hockey program. In my opinion, Ian has a great hockey mind and fully understands every aspect of the game. Ian has played at very high levels of hockey throughout his entire life, which will provide higher end knowledge to our boys.  Another positive is that Ian fully understands the junior hockey world and what it takes to play at the college level so he will help solidify our recruiting plans and expectations. From a personal perspective, Ian is a great person who will fit perfectly here at Bryn Athyn College and within the community. Overall, I am happy to have Ian join the staff and look forward to getting next season underway with him. I know we both have high expectations for our 2014-2015 team."

Coach Finnerty shared "I'm very excited to be a part of the Bryn Athyn College hockey program and the community. I look forward to helping the program compete for a national championship. I am also thrilled with the opportunity to reunite with my former teammate Andrew Burke, this time around on a coaching staff."