Athletics

Head Coach Jack Arena '83

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Contact Information:
413-542-7950 (office)
jaarena@amherst.edu

The 2014-15 campaign marks the 32nd of head coach Jack Arena's '83 stellar career at the helm of the Amherst men's ice hockey program. The Jeffs, which have posted 15 or more wins in three straight seasons, are a combined 105-38-14 over the last six seasons, including a pair of NESCAC titles and NCAA Division III Championship appearances in both 2009 and 2012. Arena also reached the 400-win milestone in 2013-14, and has now amassed 405 wins entering this season. 

The 2008-09 team went 22-5-1 and led Division III in scoring defense (1.46) and penalty kill percentage (90.3), earning Arena NESCAC Coach of the Year and New England Hockey Writers ECAC East/NESCAC Coach of the Year honors.

The 2011-12 season was even more successful, as the Jeffs set a program record for wins (24-4-1), advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time ever, led the nation in scoring defense (1.66) for the second consecutive year, and climbed as high as No. 2 in the USCHO.com Poll. Arena was once again recognized by his peers, this time earning National Coach of the Year honors from the AHCA.

A native of Randolph, Mass., Arena became Amherst's head coach immediately following his senior year with the program. Tied for fourth on Amherst's all-time scoring list, he capped off his career in 1983 by receiving the Hoby Baker Award as the best player in Division III.

Also serving as Amherst's men’s golf coach, Arena has a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. He and his wife, Diane Arena '84, are the parents of two daughters, Emily and Ellen, and two sons, Patrick and John.

Arena will once again be joined by assistant coaches Mike McLaughlin, Gregg DiNardo '01 and Eddie Effinger '12 in 2014-15.

Jack Arena's Career Coaching Record
Amherst College (32nd season, 405-306-56 overall)

1983-84: 17-6-1
1984-85: 15-8-1
1985-86: 11-12
1986-87: 7-16
1987-88: 5-17-1
1988-89: 14-12
1989-90: 11-12-1
1990-91: 13-12-1
1991-92: 13-11-2
1992-93: 12-9-2
1993-94: 6-14-2
1994-95: 6-15-1
1995-96: 17-9
1996-97: 14-10-1
1997-98: 10-12-1
1998-99: 19-4
1999-00: 15-6-3
2000-01: 18-5-3
2001-02: 6-14-5
2002-03: 7-13-5
2003-04: 11-11-3
2004-05: 13-10-2
2005-06: 12-12-1
2006-07: 14-9-1
2007-08: 14-9-3
2008-09: 22-5-1
2009-10: 16-5-4
2010-11: 12-9-4
2011-12: 24-4-1
2012-13: 15-7-3

2013-14: 16-8-3