July 2, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army hockey head coach Brian Riley has announced that Eric Lang, a seven-year coaching veteran and four-year letterwinner, has been named assistant coach.
Lang spent the 2012-13 season as a volunteer assistant coach before being elevated this summer.
Lang, who spent three seasons as the women’s head coach at Manhattanville and one season as the men’s head coach, will begin his duties immediately. Lang replaces Mike Warde.
A 1998 graduate of American International College, Lang has plenty of Atlantic Hockey Association experience. In addition to his time as a volunteer at Army, he spent two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater after four seasons on the ice.
“Eric was a valuable member of the staff last year and he will seemlessly step into this assistant role,” said Riley. “His credentials are excellent. He knows our conference, knows how important academics are, is beginning to understand West Point and is an excellent on-ice instructor and recruiter.”
Lang joins Trevor Large as Army’s assistant coaches. Large spent two seasons coaching at AIC as well when he earned his master’s degree and is in his fifth season at Army.
Lang will handle Army’s power play units, have recruiting responsibilities and will have a hand in video analysis and on- and off-ice work.
“I am grateful to (Director of Athletics Boo) Corrigan and Coach Riley for this great opportunity,” said Lang. “I have a lot of respect for West Point and what it stands for. We have a tremendous group of young men and we are looking forward to the upcoming season. Tate Rink has been always among my favorite rinks and I am privileged to stand behind the bench and help mentor our players.”
During his four seasons at Manhattanville, Lang led the women’s squad to an NCAA Tournament appearance, won 58 games and guided the team to a #8 ranking in the final uscho.com Division III National poll.
In his final season behind the Valiants’ women’s bench, Lang posted a 19-8-2 record, led the squad to an ECAC East Tournament title and had a league-best 11 players named to the ECAC All-Academic Team.
During his second season as head coach, Lang guided the Valiants to a 19-7-1 record despite just nine veterans on the roster. The team won the ECAC East Conference regular season championship and defeated two nationally ranked opponents.
In his first season as a head coach, Lang put together a 20-7-0 record, a top seed in the ECAC East Conference Tournament and helped Holly Nonis to second-team All-America and conference player of the year honors.
Lang guided the Manhattanville men’s squad to a 13-12 record during his one season behind the bench.
Prior to his appointment at Manhattanville, Lang spent two seasons as an assistant at AIC where he conducted video analysis and film breakdown of opponents and worked with the defense and power play units.
Lang was a four-year letterwinner at AIC and earned his degree in Psychology in 1998. He later secured his masters in Organizational Development from AIC. A two-time captain, he was honored with the ECAC Merit Medal and the school’s Henry Butova Leadership Award. He scored 25 goals and handed out 34 assists during his career.
Lang has also worked for the National Hockey League as an off-ice official where he assisted in game scoring and analysis and was the head hockey coach for Byram Hills High School in Armonk, N.Y., for four seasons.
Lang and his wife Christine have a daughter, Addison Grace, and a son, Eric James, and reside in White Plains, N.Y.