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Head Coach Jeff Meredith

Jeff Meredith

Jeff Meredith remains a fixture behind the Blue Devil bench as the 2010-2011 campaign will be his 23rd at the helm.

Meredith has coached 23 seasons at Fredonia State -- all but the first year of the program -- and has built the Blue Devils into a perennial contender in the SUNYAC.

Meredith was honored with SUNYAC Coach of the Year in 1990-91 and again in 1993-94. He earned national honors with his selection as 1994 Coach of the Year by the American Hockey Coaches Association. During his tenure, his teams made post-season appearances in 17 out of the last 18 years, won three SUNYAC titles, made two NCAA Final Four appearances and the NCAA tournament again in 2007.

In 1994-95 -- the Blue Devil icers captured the SUNYAC tournament title for the second year in a row, thus earning a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs. With victories over Salem State (8-2, 3-8, 3-0) and the University of Wisconsin - Superior (4-3), Fredonia State advanced to the national championship game. Facing host Middlebury College, the Fredonia State Blue Devils ultimately fell to Middlebury's Panthers, 1-0. It was the second consecutive trip to the NCAA Final Four for the Blue Devils. In 1993-94, Fredonia went 29-1-4 -- the best record of any team in any division in the nation -- and earned third-place national honors. The Blue Devils' only loss of the season came in the NCAA semifinals, 4-3, to eventual champion, the University of Wisconsin - River Falls.

Additional milestones under Coach Meredith's leadership include the selection of seven players as Division III All-Americans, 44 All-SUNYAC honorees, two players named as East-West Shrine All-Stars, one player named to the 2007 Frozen Four Skills Competition and the breaking of dozens of individual and team records. The most recent All-American was defenseman Steve Rizer, a 2011 spring graduate.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Meredith earned his undergraduate degree in physical education at SUNY Brockport. He secured a master's degree in sport management from Ohio State University, where he also served as an assistant coach and recruiter for the Buckeyes' Division I hockey program. Prior to his arrival at Fredonia, Meredith spent four years as an assistant coach at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. He resides in Fredonia with his wife Joanne and three sons, Matthew, Ryan and Michael.

E-mail Coach Meredith

51 Dods Hall
716-673-3334 

 

Assistant Coach TJ ManasterskyTJ Manastersky

TJ Manastersky enters his second season as the assistant coach with the Fredonia State men’s hockey team.

Manastersky joined the Blue Devils after spending the past two seasons with the Division 1 Canisius College Golden Griffins of the Atlantic Hockey Association. At Canisius, Manastersky was responsible for all coordination of video analysis and academic monitoring while assisting in all facets of the program including recruiting, strength and conditioning, skill development, practice planning, and game-day preparation.

At Fredonia State, Manastersky will be responsible for recruiting efforts, strength and conditioning, and coaching the defense. He is also an instructor in the Sport Management and Exercise Science Department.

Manastersky has also spent time as an assistant coach with Team Western in the Empire State Games as well as serving as a guest coach and evaluator at the USA Hockey Selection Camp in the Mid-Am District and at the Greater Toronto Hockey League Under-17 camp.

As a player, Manastersky competed with the Richmond Renegades of the Southern Professional Hockey league and with the Oswego Lakers in the SUNYAC. While at Oswego, Manastersky played defense and was named to the SUNYAC All-Academic Team.

Manastersky graduated cum laude  from Canisius College with a Master of Science in Education in Health and Physical Education and graduated cum laude from SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing Arts and a minor in Athletic Coaching.

E-mail Coach Manastersky

51 Dods Hall
716-673-3647

 


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