NCHC Names Novak Dir. of Hockey Ops.
CHN Staff Report
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) has named Air Force administrator Joe Novak as its Director of Hockey Operations.
Jim Scherr, the commissioner of the new league, set to begin play in 2013-14, said that Novak will primarily be responsible for the internal hockey operations and administration for the NCHC.
Novak’s immediate tasks will include "developing, in consultation with conference members, a comprehensive playing schedule; organizing and maintaining a system to hire, assign, compensate, evaluate, and supervise on-ice officials; developing and implementing the conference’s rules, playing standards, statistical programs and discipline program; and serving as the hockey operations liaison with the Conference’s coaches and others in the hockey community."
Novak has spent the last 15 years at Air Force, including roles in NCAA Division I athletic operations, events management and scheduling, athletic facilities management, contract management, and tournament and special events director. He has worked as an on-ice hockey official, a Supervisor of Officials with USA Hockey and an off-ice official with the National Hockey League and the Olympic Winter Games.
Novak was an off-ice official at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver; Ice Hockey Game Operations Manager for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Italy; and managing athletic programs for the New York Military Army Command at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the United States Army Europe Headquarters/Heidelberg Military Community in Heidelberg, Germany.
“Being able to bring to the conference a proven and imaginative executive with outstanding hockey credentials like Joe to serve as our Director of Hockey Operations is tremendous for our members and for me personally,” said Scherr. “The conference’s inaugural season begins in about 18 months and there are many tasks to complete in advance of dropping the first puck. I will be relying on Joe to ensure that everything relating to hockey operations will be the best in intercollegiate athletics.”
Novak played ice hockey in semi-professional ranks and junior hockey in Germany and throughout Europe early in his career.
“I am grateful to Commissioner Scherr and the Conference members for this remarkable opportunity,” said Novak. “This position is both a great challenge and a great opportunity and, with so much to do, I look forward to working closely with the conference athletic directors and coaches and to getting to work.”