RPI Tabs Weber as Assistant Coach

RPI Tabs Weber as Assistant Coach

TROY, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Director of Athletics Dr. Lee McElroy has announced the hiring of Chuck Weber as assistant men's hockey coach. Weber, who has 19 years of professional hockey coaching experience, will aide second-year head coach Dave Smith.

"We are excited to have Chuck join our staff. His love for the game of hockey as well as his values and expectations are directly aligned with those of our hockey program," said Smith. "He comes to RPI hockey with a tremendous understanding of how to develop players and people. He has been a head coach for a long time, developing players for the highest levels of professional hockey and those experiences will resonate with recruits and our current players as each of them pursues a career playing pro hockey."

Weber comes to RPI after spending the last season at the helm of the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL. An assistant coach with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2016-17), he spent the previous two seasons as the head coach of the Coventry Blaze in Great Britain's Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).

"I am thrilled to be joining Coach Smith's staff," added Weber. "It is a privilege to be part of such a storied hockey program and I look forward to working with and developing RPI's student-athletes, both on and off the ice."

Leading the Blaze to a Playoff Championship in 2015, before finishing runners-up in 2016. He also led the Great Britain men's national team to a silver medal at the 2016 World Championships with a 4-1 record.

A stint with Medvescak Zagreb Hockey Club in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2014 was preceded by two years with the AHL's San Antonio Rampage, where he posted a 70-68-5-9 mark.

Weber was the head coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL from 2006-10, winning the Kelly Cup in 2007-08 and 2009-10, as well as the Brabbam Cup in 2007-08. The Runner-up for ECHL Coach of the Year in 2006-07, he led the Cyclones to a 37-29-6 mark that season.

He was an assistant with the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) during the 2005-06 season and was the assistant director of hockey operations for the Augusta Lynx (ECHL) from 2003 to 2005. Weber also spent time as an assistant coach with the Milwakee Admirals (AHL) and the Trenton Titans (ECHL) in 2002-03 and 2003-04, respectively. His professional career began as the assistant coach and video scouting coordinator for the Orlando Solar Bears in 1999.

A member of the ECHL Rules Committee from 2008 to 2010, Weber earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Albany in 1995.