SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey coach Chris Bernard has announced
that Sean O’Malley will serve as the team’s assistant coach for the
2012-13 season. O’Malley replaces Tim Crowley, who has assumed the head
women’s golf and assistant men’s hockey coaching positions at Elmira
“We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to add someone to our
staff that personifies the characteristics of passion and loyalty the way
Sean does on a daily basis,” said Bernard. “His work ethic,
professionalism and experience will benefit our players and our program
O’Malley enters his first season with Potsdam after playing minor pro
hockey over the last two seasons. The Cleveland native spent last season
with the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League and the Danbury
Whalers of the Federal Hockey League. In two seasons with the Whalers,
O’Malley played in 97 games and totaled 36 goals and 28 assists for 64
As a former collegiate player O’Malley is very familiar with the Bears and
the SUNYAC. The center spent four seasons with the Brockport Golden
Eagles. O’Malley played in 101 games, scoring 32 goals and assisting on 38
others. As a senior he served as an assistant captain and was the
recipient of the Bob Pedersen Coach’s Award.
O’Malley brings plenty of coaching experience to the Bears’ bench as well.
For the past five seasons, he has been an on-ice instructor at Can/Am
hockey schools in Lake Placid and Guelph, Ontario. O’Malley spent last
summer in Cleveland as an on-ice instructor for the Ohio Hockey Project
where he coached Junior A players.