Kent State Golden Flashes men's ice hockey
The Kent State Golden Flashes Men's Ice Hockey was an NCAA Division I ice hockey team from 1980-1994. Kent State hockey was promoted to Division I status by the Board of Trustees on June 12, 1980, following ten years as a club sport. The program joined fellow independent Notre Dame to form the American Collegiate Hockey Association from 1986-89 (not to be confused with the ACHA formed in 1991). After a 19-win campaign in his third season with the club John Wallin left to take over the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League in 1987. After Kent State alum Tom Viggiano headed the program for the 1987–88 season, Bill Switaj was brought in once it was confirmed that the program would continue to exist beyond 1988 despite budgetary concerns. The program's entire season was cancelled that September in response to a hazing incident.
|Kent State Golden Flashes men's ice hockey|
|University||Kent State University|
|Arena||Kent State University Ice Arena|
|Colors||Navy Blue and Gold|
The Golden Flashes would finally debut with Switaj as their coach in 1989. After three seasons they were eventually accepted into the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) but Kent State's program ended in the spring of 1994 when university president Carol Cartwright made a recommendation to the board of trustees that the program be discontinued.
|Doug Ross (Independent) (1980–1981)|
|Doug Ross:||17–18–0 (.486)|
|Tom Newton (Independent) (1981–1982)|
|Tom Newton:||12–17–0 (.414)|
|Don Lumley (Independent) (1982–1984)|
|Don Lumley:||22–36–0 (.379)|
|John Wallin (Independent) (1984–1986)|
|John Wallin (ACHA) (1986–1987)|
|John Wallin:||51–40–4 (.558)|
|Tom Viggiano (ACHA) (1987–1988)|
|Tom Viggiano:||11–26–3 (.313)|
|Bill Switaj (ACHA) (1988–1989)|
|1988-89||Bill Switaj||season cancelled|
|Bill Switaj (Independent) (1989–1992)|
|Bill Switaj (CCHA) (1992–1994)|
|Bill Switaj:||63–100–13 (.395)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Our Brand | Kent State University". Retrieved November 7, 2016.
- "Varsity Status: Hockey program gets tougher schedule'". Daily Kent Stater. 1980-06-19. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
- "Wallin resigns Hockey coach headed for Canadian league". Daily Kent Stater. 1987-06-17. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "New head hockey coach hired from West Point". Daily Kent Stater. 1988-06-22. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "Team to retain varsity status". Daily Kent Stater. 1988-04-08. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "Hockey cancellation 'outrageous, unfair'". Daily Kent Stater. 1988-09-27. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "At Kent, NCAA hockey is in rear-view mirror but the game still thrives". USCHO.com. 2016-08-28. Retrieved 2016-08-29.