Arcadia University Hockey Head Coach Builds School’s Program from Scratch

Vincent Pietrangelo
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Vincent Pietrangelo and the Arcadia Men's Ice Hockey team.

When he first joined Arcadia University in Glenside as a head coach, Vincent Pietrangelo was the only thing the hockey program had, writes James Cook for the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Vincent Pietrangelo
Vincent Pietrangelo

There were no players, equipment, uniforms, or even a skate sharpener. But the 30-year-old Pietrangelo relished the monumental task of building the whole program from scratch.

Pietrangelo reached out to Brian Granata, Arcadia executive director of athletics and recreation before the head coaching job was even posted.

He stood out among more than 50 applicants thanks to his coaching experience in Division 3, even if he had only served as an assistant coach previously.

His organization, enthusiasm, and vision also made a difference.

Once he had the job, Pietrangelo designed the locker room and jersey for the Knights – the team named after the actual castle on the school’s campus – ordered equipment, and worked on creating a schedule.

And while there were ups and downs during the team’s first season, the Knights recorded their first victory on November 19.

“Everything is a building block,” said Vincent Pietrangelo. “We’re climbing a mountain. Once we get there, we can look back.”

Read more about Vincent Pietrangelo and Arcadia University in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.