Men’s Hockey | 7/14/2020 9:13:00 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Rochester Institute of Technologies men’s ice hockey head mentor Wayne Wilson introduced Dave Insalaco was promoted to Associate Head Mentor.

Insalaco enters his 19th season as a mentor and 13th calendar year with the application in 2020-21.

“Dave’s challenging operate has not absent unnoticed and this title represents his loyalty to the software,” said RIT Head Mentor Wayne Wilson. “Dave’s expertise of the match has been instrumental by means of the several years, aiding RIT attain the Frozen 4 all through a few NCAA Tournament appearances, whilst successful a few Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) Championships and 4 frequent time titles.”

Insalaco’s responsibilities involve overseeing the Tiger defenseman and penalty killing efforts. He most not too long ago mentored Adam Brubacher (Elmira, Ontario/Powell River Kings), who graduated in Could a two-time Atlantic Hockey All-Star and was one particular of only six defenseman in the country in excess of the last 4 years to eclipse the 100-issue plateau.

Ongoing Wilson, “Dave’s function with our defenseman around the decades has led to a lot of all league alternatives, highlighted by current Vancover Canucks assistant Captain Chris Tanev, who was named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Yr and an All-Tournament Workforce member in the course of our 2010 Frozen 4 run. He has a terrific hockey head and, with his operate ethic, will be a terrific head coach at some stage down the street.”

“I am certainly appreciative of the opportunity supplied to me by Wayne Wilson, (Executive Athletic Director) Lou Spiotti and (Senior VP for College student Affairs) Dr. Sandy Johnson,” Insalaco stated. “As a child rising up in Rochester who attended his very first hockey university at RIT, it has been a aspiration occur real to mentor right here.  It has been a impressive 12 seasons and I am proud of what our staff members has constructed in these types of a brief period of time of time. I am thrilled for the start of the year and I seem forward to helping aid our program’s ongoing achievement.”

In 2009, 2011, and 2012, Insalaco coached at the United states of america Hockey Decide on Less than-17 and Beneath-16 Progress camps in Rochester with numerous of the nation’s top collegiate coaches and was tapped to coach in the 2011 Pick 17 All-Star recreation. Insalaco also served as a guest coach for the Washington Capitals prospect development camps prior to their Stanley Cup in 2018.

Insalaco’s arrival at RIT coincided with just one of the winningest stretches in program record. The 2008-09 season noticed the Tigers complete with a 23-13-2 history to clinch the second seed for the Atlantic Hockey Event. The pursuing year, the Tigers gained their to start with Atlantic Hockey Championship and manufactured its Cinderella operate to the Frozen Four to end with a application-record 28-12-1 mark.

Insalaco arrived to RIT right after expending two seasons (2005-07) with the Inexperienced Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League, such as half a season as head coach and typical supervisor. During his tenure with the Gamblers, he coached numerous players who went on to standout RIT professions, which include Cameron Burt, Taylor McReynolds, Sean Murphy and Chris Saracino. He also coached defenseman Derrick LaPoint, who was a 2006 draftee of the Florida Panthers.

Insalaco expended the preceding 3 seasons as assistant mentor at SUNY Geneseo (2003-05), including two beneath present RIT Affiliate Head Mentor Brian Hills. Insalaco assisted guideline the Knights to a 51-23-11 history, which include back-to-again State University of New York Athletic Conference Championships and NCAA Division III Event berths in 2005 and 2006. Insalaco’s first coaching stint came as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, SUNY Brockport, during the 2002-03 marketing campaign.

Graduating with an schooling diploma in 2000, Insalaco shut his vocation tied for seventh in Golden Eagle historical past with 47 objectives and 10th with 109 factors. The standout still left winger punctuated his job with All-SUNYAC Second Team honors though also successful Chase Memorial Tutorial Athletic Scholarship recognition.

Insalaco played two a long time of qualified hockey for the Adirondack IceHawks of the United Hockey League from 2000-02, recording 31 points (10 ambitions, 21 helps) in 128 career appearances. He was voted both the “Unsung Hero” and “110 Per cent” Award winner by the lovers following the IceHawks gained the Northeast Division title his to start with period. 

Insalaco also attained a master’s degree in education and learning from Brockport. The Greece, N.Y. native at the moment life in Fairport, N.Y. with his spouse, Erika, and youngsters, David and Clare.

Insalaco’s sister, Kim, was a member of the 2006 United States Women’s Olympic Hockey Staff which earned a bronze medal in Turin, Italy.