AIC Director of Athletics Matt Johnson named Eric Lang the ninth Head Ice Hockey Coach in program history on April 13, 2016. Lang begins his third stint as a Yellow Jacket, after being a four year member of the hockey team while earning a psychology degree in 1998 and returning to serve as Graduate Assistant from 2006-08 earning his masters degree in Organizational Behavior.
“It is not often in this business that you find the perfect fit; however, we feel that Eric is exactly that,” mentioned Johnson. “He understands the nuances of a school like American International College, embraces the challenges he will face, and yearns for the opportunity to put this program on the map in North America.”,
“Eric is a Yellow Jacket through and through. He loves American International College and views this as an opportunity of a lifetime. Its not every day that you have the chance to hire an alum and former employee whose passion for the sport and the institution are transcendent. I cant wait to start working with Eric and have no doubt the players, alums, and fans will soon understand what I already know, that Eric Lang is a game changer,” stated Johnson.
Towns enters his third season behind the AIC bench for the 2016-17 campaign. Towns has been influential in the recruiting efforts during his first two seasons with AIC, and he will serve as the Recruiting Coordinator for the 2016-2017 season.
The native of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, has a wealth of playing and coaching experience that will aid the Yellow Jackets. Towns began his coaching career at AIC before the 2014-15 season, and his vast responsibilities have included recruiting, video analysis, statistical analysis, working primarily with the forwards and running the Penalty Kill. Moreover, he has overseen the programs off-ice strength and conditioning program.
As a player, Towns spent four seasons in the BCHL playing with the Penticton Vees, before attending Adrian College. At Adrian, Towns was an assistant captain his first two seasons and the teams captain in his junior and senior years. In his four seasons, the Bulldogs won the MCHA Regular Season and Tournament Championship each year, and amassed an impressive 102-12-2 record in that span. During his senior season, Towns captained the Bulldogs to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four, eventually losing in the National Championship Game. Towns graduated from Adrian with a bachelors of Business administration in Management, and completed his Masters of Business Administration at AIC in May 2016.
Stephen Wiedler enters his second season as Assistant Mens Ice Hockey Coach at American International College in 2016-17.
As AIC Hockeys On-Ice Skills Coordinator, Wiedler brings a wealth of knowledge to the young Yellow Jackets in the skill development department after being mentored in his career by world-renowned skills coach Aleksey Nikiforov and serving as a lead instructor for Paul Vincent Hockey Camps. His other responsibilities include organizing the teams defensive systems and penalty kill, coordinating video and strength and conditioning, and recruiting, playing a large role in securing the Yellow Jackets talented class of 13 incoming freshmen.
Wiedler joined AIC after spending the previous two seasons as lead assistant at Division III Curry College in Milton, Mass. During his time with the Colonels, Wiedler was responsible for recruiting, coaching the defense, on-ice skills development, off-ice strength and conditioning, and video analysis, among other duties. Curry posted a 26-24-4 record in Wiedlers two seasons there, including back-to-back trips to the ECAC Northeast Semifinals.
Volunteer Director of Hockey Operations/Video Coordinator
Alec Rippetoe joins the American International College (AIC) Division I mens ice hockey program as the newest Director of Hockey Operations and the teams video coordinator. At AIC, Rippetoe will be primarily responsible for video filming, editing and analysis, and statistical analysis in addition to planning for travel and other organizational tasks.
“As we continuously try to improve all aspects of our program, finding a person like Alec with Hockey East experience to fill our director of hockey operations position will make for a seamless transition,” said AIC head coach Eric Lang.
Rippetoe, 21, joins the staff after graduating from Merrimack College in May. During his two years at Merrimack, he served as a video coordinator intern for the schools Division I mens ice hockey program under the direction of Head Coach Mark Dennehy. He also has experience working with Canadian professional hockey schools and summer camps.