Eric Lind, a 2001 University of New Hampshire graduate and former Wildcat hockey player, began as a Yale assistant during the 2006-07 season and has helped the program rise to national prominence.
The 1997 Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick played nine seasons of professional (IHL,ECHL, UHL, CHL, EIHL) hockey, including some as captain and player/coach, before he began coaching full-time.
During his tenure with Greenville Grrrowl he captained them to a Kelly Cup Championship. Lind has been coaching hockey for 12 years and has a master level coaching certification from USA Hockey.
He is the head of player development for the North American Hockey School and is regarded as a premiere power-skating instructor who is highly respected by the many NHL, AHL, ECHL and NCAA Division I players he works with. Over the past five years, Lind has coached elite teams in organization such as Mid-Fairfield, Greenwich Blues and Ridgefield Youth Hockey.
Eric was a FCIAC MVP his sophomore year at New Canaan (Conn.) High School before becoming a two-time New England Prep Player of the Year at Avon Old Farms. He made two NCAA Frozen Four appearances with UNH and played for Team USA's U16 and U17 squads at the World Junior Friendship Series.
Lind, currently pursuing his masters in sport management, hails from an impressive heritage of skating experience. He is the grandson of hall of fame skating coach Otto Gold, who contributed significantly to the success of Canadian and American skaters on the international stage. His mother, Frances Gold Lind, was an alternate for the Canadian Olympic Figuring Skating Team.