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UAA’s new hockey coach picks assistant coaches

  • Author: Beth Bragg
    | Sports
  • Updated: June 2, 2018
  • Published June 1, 2018

Matt Curley talks to the press after being named UAA’s new hockey coach in April. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

A pair of NCAA Division III coaches from the East Coast will join new head coach Matt Curley on the UAA hockey coaching staff, the school announced Friday.

Mark Phalon spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Hobart College in Geneva, New York.

Dana Borges spent last season as an assistant coach at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Phalon will bring experience gained in the National Hockey League, American Hockey League and NCAA Division I to Anchorage. Burges has worked as a district coach with USA Hockey and has coached collegiately at Division I, II and III schools.

Phalon spent 12 seasons in Division I hockey at the beginning of his coaching career. He worked as the video coach at St. Lawrence University of the ECAC from 2003-08 and as the director of hockey operations at Northeastern University of Hockey East from 2008-13.

Then came a couple of seasons in pro hockey, first as the video coach of the Toronto Marlies of the AHL before getting promoted to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

During Phalon's time at Hobart, the Statesmen were 59-16-11 and qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament each year.

"(He) has built a diverse and well respected recruiting network that will serve us well in that process," Curley said in a press release from UAA.

Borges is only five years removed from his playing days in college hockey. He graduated in 2013 from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, after serving as team captain as a senior and junior.

He spent two seasons as a coach at his alma mater before joining Division I Colgate for one season as a volunteer assistant coach in 2016. From there he went to Williams College.

Borges, like Curley, has USA Hockey experience — he worked as the association coach in chief of the Massachusetts District.

Curley called Borges "a highly regarded up and coming coach."

"He is well-versed in the player pool through his work with USA Hockey in addition to his time spent at all various levels of college hockey," Curley said.

Curley makes his debut as UAA's coach Oct. 6 when the Seawolves host Colorado College. He replaced Matt Thomas, who was let go after five seasons.

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