“Thirty-six years after his hire as the men’s hockey coach at his alma mater, Jack Arena [’83] is still behind the bench at Amherst College as the second-longest tenured Division 3 hockey coach in the country,” the Boston Globe wrote in a recent profile of Arena, whose Amherst teams have made three NCAA Championship appearances, and he was named Division 3 National Coach of the Year in both 2012 and 2015.
“After his graduation in 1983, the Randolph native had planned to serve as an assistant coach at the college while taking graduate courses at the University of Massachusetts. His senior year, Arena was the Division 3 Hobey Baker recipient as the best player in the nation. But when the head coach resigned that August, Arena accepted the position on an interim basis,” the Globe wrote.
“I was 22 years old when I started coaching here. Now I’m coaching sophomores who are 22,’’ he said.
He said the best part of coaching “is my interaction with the players and the opportunity to teach them, and also a way for me to still compete and stay involved, engaged, and passionate about what I do.’’