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Smith benefits from influx of talent to build up DIII men's team

July 25, 2019  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Flames forward Scott Chisholm (6) greets head captain and defenseman Dillon Brown last season. (Photo by Joel Isimeme) test test test test
Flames forward Scott Chisholm (6) greets head captain and defenseman Dillon Brown last season. (Photo by Joel Isimeme)

Jared Smith experienced a smooth transition shifting from Assistant Coach to Head Coach of Liberty University's ACHA Division III men's hockey team last year, starting on a nine-game winning streak and finishing 15-5-3. He is looking forward to leading the program to the next level in his second season at the helm, with the Sept. 28-29 season-opening series against Coastal Carolina at the LaHaye Ice Center now just over two months away.

"As a coach, you just want to move forward every year," Smith said. "The whole program's growing and the past two to three years, you can really see the recruiting taking place and at tryouts … it sounds like we're going to have another big, talented group of players coming in."

After being edged by Coastal Carolina, 4-3 in the final of the East Coast Collegiate Hockey League (ECCHL) tournament Feb. 10 at home, and by third-seeded Tampa, 3-2 in overtime of the South Region tournament final on March 10 in Huntsville, Ala., the Flames are eager to get back onto the ice.

"It is a goal for this season to take home that championship because we were so close last year, it just makes you want it more," Smith said. "Our goal is definitely to make it to nationals and with the talent pool that we have coming in, it's very exciting."

Liberty and ECCHL rivals Coastal Carolina, Christopher Newport, and Northern Virginia Community College will join the Atlantic Coast Conference Hockey League (ACCHL) this season, forming the Patriot Division to complement the Virginia, Carolina, and Atlantic divisions.

"It will be all the same teams, the same rivalries, the same competitive edge that we had (in the ECCHL)," Smith said.

 

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Sep 18, 7:30 PM - LaHaye Ice Center

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Sep 28, 9:45 PM - LaHaye Ice Center

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Sep 29, 2:00 PM - LaHaye Ice Center

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Oct 11, 3:00 PM - LaHaye Ice Center

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Feb 10
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at Coastal Carolina
L (3-4)

Feb 9
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at Christopher Newport University
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Feb 8
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at Coastal Carolina
T (3-3)

Feb 7
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at College of Charleston
W (11-4)

Jan 26
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at Christopher Newport University
W (6-3)

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