Head Coach Jack Arena '83
The 2009-10 season will be Jack Arena's 27th year at the helm of the Amherst College men’s ice hockey team. During his tenure, the team has produced the 11 winningest seasons in program history and has qualified for every NESCAC Championship.
Arena is coming off perhaps his most successful season, as he led Amherst to a program-best 22 wins (22-5-1), a first ever NCAA Tournament victory and a first ever NESCAC title. The Lord Jeffs finished the regular season with an incredible 16-2-1 conference record to earn the top seed in the NESCAC Championship, where they outscored opponents 12-3 to claim the crown. Amherst went on a 14-game unbeaten streak from Jan. 23 to Mar. 11, scoring at least three goals in each game. The Jeffs led Division III in scoring defense (1.46 g/gm) and penalty kill percentage (90.3), finishing the season ranked fourth in the USCHO national poll to mark the highest ranking in program history. Amherst went 2-0 against Middlebury, which were the first wins over the Panthers since the 1999-2000 season. For his efforts, Arena was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year and the New England Hockey Writers ECAC East/NESCAC Coach of the Year.
Arena's 1992 and 1996 teams captured the ECAC championship for only the second and third times in the school’s history. The 2000-01 team posted an 18-5-2 record and lost in the NESCAC finals to Middlebury, while finishing sixth in the final USCHO national poll. The 1998-99 team had the best won/lost record in the history of the program at 19-3, finishing sixth nationally in the final USCHO poll and qualifying for their first ever NCAA Tournament. At the conclusion of the 1995-96 season, Arena was awarded both the ECAC East and the New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year honors.
A native of Randolph, Mass., Arena became coach of the Lord Jeffs immediately following his senior year as a captain of the men’s hockey team. A four-year varsity letter winner at Amherst, Arena is tied for fourth on the all-time scoring list. He capped off his career in 1983 by receiving the Hoby Baker Award as the best Division III player of the year.
Arena also serves as the men’s golf coach and has led the Lord Jeffs to four NESCAC titles. He has a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and he and his wife, Diana, are the parents of two daughters, Emily and Ellen, and two sons, Patrick and John.
Jack Arena's Career Coaching Record
Amherst College (27th season, 338-278-45 overall)