Coach Kyle Richards Announces Return to Alma Mater
June 12th 2020
After three years of serving as The University of Alabama’s Club Hockey head coach, Kyle Richards is returning to his alma mater, Castleton University, as their assistant coach.
Richards coached the Alabama team through its best season at the ACHA Division I level in 2017, leading them to a record of 23-9 with a season opening win against perennial contender, Liberty.
The Castleton Spartans are hoping that Richards will reinstate the program to the level of success it encountered when he was playing for the former coach, Alex Todd. During his time at Castleton, the Spartans enjoyed their best four year run in program history, going 69-32-8. Personal accolades for Richards included being named the “Most Improved Player” for the 2011-12 season, a “Fan Favorite” in the 2013-14 season, and presented among the conference’s all-academic team all four seasons he played.
Despite a young roster, Richards coached the Frozen Tide to numerous victories over traditional ACHA club powers including Illinois State, Maryville, and a thrilling overtime win against Iowa State, the game winning goal being scored by Caelan Briere. More importantly however, to longtime Alabama fans, is Richards’ 4-0 record against the Auburn Tigers. When asked why he returned to coach his alma mater, former Alabama Football Coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant once said “Mama called, and when Mama calls, then you just have to come running”. Kyle Richards, feeling something similar now, and as I’m sure the Spartan fans are preparing for, is that his homecoming is just as successful as Bryant’s.
Roll Tide, Goal Tide, and thank you.