FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University athletic department is excited to announce the addition of a junior varsity platform to the men's hockey program, continuing the paradigm that was established prior to the 2012-13 academic year when baseball and women's soccer added varsity reserve to their respective programs.
"We are proud to announce this addition to the men's hockey program," Director of Athletics Jason Murphy said. "Our goal is to strengthen the student-athlete experience at Marian University and this addition achieves that goal in many ways. It also shows our continuing efforts of improving Marian Athletics, where the future is bright."
The men's hockey program will implement a junior varsity schedule as soon as this upcoming 2013-14 season.
"Adding a junior varsity program will give Marian University more exposure within the hockey community, while giving us the ability to add more games, more players and a greater opportunity to grow hockey at Marian University in the Fond du Lac area," Head Coach A.J. Aitken said.
With the growth of the program comes the promotion of Taylor Langford, who will become the top assistant under Head Coach A.J. Aitken. Langford was instrumental in his first year, helping lead the program to its fourth straight MCHA North Division title in 2012-13 and will look to guide the junior varsity team going forward.
"With the expanded role that Taylor will be taking on within the hockey program, he will gain valuable coaching experience as the Head JV Coach," Aitken added. "In addition, his responsibilities with the varsity team will continue to help build a perennial contender in the NCHA."
Aitken is a big proponent in not only recruiting high-quality hockey players, but also recruiting young men who are looking for the opportunity to continue their education while competing in a varsity sport.
"Adding another entity to our hockey program gives us the ability to grow in numbers and gives more student athletes a chance to play college hockey and gain a great college experience."