SCHENECTADY — Chris Ardito and Breanne Wilson-Bennett have been named assistant coaches for the Union College women’s hockey team, head coach Josh Sciba announced Monday.
“I’ve been very fortunate to be surrounded by some great assistant coaches, and I’m really excited to work with Chris and Breanne,” Sciba said in a press release. “Going through this process, it was very important to me that our new coaches be energetic about learning and improvement, possess a vast knowledge of the game, have an eagerness to develop/connect with our players in a purposeful way, and have a passion for bringing innovative ideas/perspectives to our staff.”
Ardito spent the last three years as head coach of the Vermont Academy girls’ hockey team. Prior to that, he was on the Yale women’s hockey team staff, first as a volunteer assistant and then as their goalie and analytics coach.
He served as general manager of National Women’s Hockey League’s Connecticut Whale, and also worked with the St. Louis Blues in analytics within their goalie department.
Wilson-Bennett comes to Union after spending the last two years as the head of player development at Hyperfit Elite Training Center. She was also the assistant coach of Durham West Lightning Women’s Hockey Association team.
She played for Colgate from 2014-18, collecting 101 points on 42 goals and 59 assists. She was an assistant captain on the 2017-18 Colgate team that reached the NCAA women’s hockey Frozen Four championship game against ECAC Hockey rival Clarkson. She had an assist in the 2-1 overtime loss to the Golden Knights. In the semifinals against Wisconsin, Wilson-Bennett had a hat trick, including the game-winner with 3:57 left in double overtime to give the Raiders a 4-3 victory. Se was named to the all-tournament team.