Appert Officially Named at RPI
CHN Staff Report
TROY, N.Y. Rensselaer has officially announced the selection of Seth Appert as the program's new coach, as reported by CHN and USHR.com on Tuesday. He replaces Dan Fridgen, who was forced to resign last month.
"Seth is recognized throughout college hockey as a winner on and off the ice," said Ken Ralph, athletic director at RPI. "He is a person who consistently brings out the best in his players and we fully expect him to do so at Rensselaer."
Appert is taking over a program that returns 18 players from the 2005-06 season, including two of the top three scorers and the starting goaltender. In addition, Kirk MacDonald, the team's top scorer in 2004-05 who was a medical red-shirt this season, is also expected to return.
"I am honored to lead the hockey program at such a prestigious institution as Rensselaer," said Appert in a statement. "I am confident that my goals for the hockey
program are consistent with Rensselaer's institutional vision that stresses the overall excellence of the students and the athletes. I am looking forward to the challenge of developing and maintaining a hockey program
that both the institution and the community will be proud to call their own."
Appert will be formally introduced at RPI on Friday. He has verbally agreed to, and is in the process of finalizing, a four-year contract with Rensselaer.
"Seth Appert has been a valued member of our coaching staff at the University of Denver," Pioneers head coach George Gwozdecky said. "Thanks to his efforts, our hockey program has been very successful both nationally and within the WCHA conference. The teams to be coached by Seth will represent RPI in a first class manner and I am excited to watch him build on the great tradition of Engineer hockey."
Appert recently concluded his ninth season as an assistant coach at Denver, where he was responsible for recruiting, on-ice coaching, video breakdown, and game analysis work. He also played a big role in the development of Denver's goaltenders. A collegiate netminder at Ferris State, Appert has individually coached one All-American,
two All-WCHA honorees, two WCHA Playoff Most Valuable Players, and two Frozen Four Most Outstanding Players. Three of his goaltenders have been draft picks of the National Hockey League, including one Hobey Baker Award finalist. Two of those netminders played in the NHL this season.
Appert has helped Denver sign nationally ranked recruiting classes each of the past seven years. Among those he has coached or recruited are the 2006 Hobey Baker Award winner, eight All-Americans, a WCHA Player of the Year,
22 All-WCHA picks, three WCHA Defensive Players of the Year, two WCHA Student-Athletes of the Year, and 17 NHL draft picks at Denver. The Pioneers have averaged over 23 wins per year in his tenure as an assistant coach and have captured two NCAA National Championships, three WCHA playoff championships, and two WCHA regular-season titles in his years of coaching at Denver.
A four-year letterwinner at Ferris State from 1992-96, Appert and his wife, Jill, have one child, a 1-year old daughter, Addison.