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Matt Woodard Joins Staff as Assistant Coach

Matt Woodard. (photos courtesy of RIT)
Matt Woodard. (photos courtesy of RIT)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Matt Woodard, who spent the past four seasons at RIT and helped the Tigers make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, has joined the Yale women's ice hockey staff as an assistant coach. Joakim Flygh, Yale's Susan Cavanagh Head Coach of Women's Ice Hockey, announced the move Friday.

"We are excited to Have Matt join the Yale athletics family," said Flygh. "Matt fits very well into what our core values are and I have no doubt that he will hit the ground running for us."

Woodard, a native of St. Louis Park, Minn., joined the RIT staff for the 2013-14 season and helped the Tigers win College Hockey America Championships in each of his first two years. In 2014-15, they advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

Prior to his stint at RIT, Woodard spent two seasons as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Manhattanville College. The Valiants went 33-18-5 in that span, advancing to the ECAC East Championship game each year. In addition to his coaching duties, Woodard earned a master's degree in sports business management from Manhattanville in 2013.

Woodard is a 2009 graduate of American International College, where he played defense for the Yellow Jackets. He tied for fourth on the school's all-time games played list (133), the most for an AIC blueliner. He then played semi-pro hockey for the Fort Wayne Komets and the Bloomington Prairie Thunder of the CHL in 2009-10.

A double major in criminal justice and psychology, Woodard was a four-time Atlantic Hockey Association All-Academic Team selection at AIC. He was on the Dean's List every semester and was the recipient of the Dr. James A. Brennan Award for outstanding achievement as a double major. He also earned the ECAC Award of Merit for excellence on the field of competition and in the classroom.

In addition to Woodard, the Yale coaching staff also includes Amanda Boulier, returning for her second season with the Bulldogs.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity