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.[2] 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.[3] After Kent State alum Tom Viggiano headed the program for the 1987–88 season, Bill Switaj was brought in[4] once it was confirmed that the program would continue to exist beyond 1988 despite budgetary concerns.[5] The program's entire season was cancelled that September in response to a hazing incident.[6]

Kent State Golden Flashes men's ice hockey
UniversityKent State University
Head coachN/A
ArenaKent State University Ice Arena
LocationKent, Ohio
ColorsNavy Blue and Gold[1]

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.[7]

Season-by-season results

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Doug Ross (Independent) (1980–1981)
1980-81 Doug Ross 17-18-0
Doug Ross: 17–18–0 (.486)
Tom Newton (Independent) (1981–1982)
1981-82 Tom Newton 12-17-0
Tom Newton: 12–17–0 (.414)
Don Lumley (Independent) (1982–1984)
1982-83 Don Lumley 6-25-0
1983-84 Don Lumley 16-11-0
Don Lumley: 22–36–0 (.379)
John Wallin (Independent) (1984–1986)
1984-85 John Wallin 11-14-2
1985-86 John Wallin 21-13-2
John Wallin (ACHA) (1986–1987)
1986-87 John Wallin 19-13-07-5-02nd
John Wallin: 51–40–4 (.558)
Tom Viggiano (ACHA) (1987–1988)
1987-88 Tom Viggiano 11-26-30-10-24th
Tom Viggiano: 11–26–3 (.313)
Bill Switaj (ACHA) (1988–1989)
1988-89 Bill Switaj season cancelled
Bill Switaj (Independent) (1989–1992)
1989-90 Bill Switaj 14-16-3
1990-91 Bill Switaj 10-22-3
1991-92 Bill Switaj 15-14-2
Bill Switaj (CCHA) (1992–1994)
1991-92 Bill Switaj 13-22-310-19-18th
1991-92 Bill Switaj 11-26-26-22-211th
Bill Switaj: 63–100–13 (.395)
Total:176–237–20 (.430)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. "Our Brand | Kent State University". Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  2. "Varsity Status: Hockey program gets tougher schedule'". Daily Kent Stater. 1980-06-19. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  3. "Wallin resigns Hockey coach headed for Canadian league". Daily Kent Stater. 1987-06-17. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  4. "New head hockey coach hired from West Point". Daily Kent Stater. 1988-06-22. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  5. "Team to retain varsity status". Daily Kent Stater. 1988-04-08. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  6. "Hockey cancellation 'outrageous, unfair'". Daily Kent Stater. 1988-09-27. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  7. "At Kent, NCAA hockey is in rear-view mirror but the game still thrives". 2016-08-28. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
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