OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University head hockey coach Enrico Blasi rounded out his coaching staff with the hiring of Joel Beal as assistant coach.
Beal, who coached the past five seasons at Sacred Heart (two as associate head coach), will be involved in the RedHawks’ recruiting efforts and on-ice development.
“We are very excited to bring Joel aboard as an assistant coach,” Blasi said. “He possesses a good young hockey mind combined with good experience within the sport. He has great energy and his personality will complement our staff and the program.”
In five seasons in Bridgeport, Conn., Beal helped drastically improved a Pioneers program that won only 14 combined games from 2010-13, helping SHU to a 10-win improvement in his very first season in 2013-14. He was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2016-17 season. Sacred Heart reached the Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinals twice in his last four seasons, something that had not happened once in the previous five seasons.
While with the Pioneers, Beal worked in all elements of player development on and off the ice, including with video review and teaching sessions, skill and positional development, recruiting and data collection and analysis of advanced metrics and statistics.
Beal joined Sacred Heart’s staff in 2013 after spending two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater Union College. He helped guide Union to the ECAC Championship and a run to the NCAA East Regional Finals in the 2012-13 campaign.
Before joining the Union staff, Beal served as the assistant coach of the Varsity Prep League team at Albany Academy. Beal led recruiting efforts and worked with the forwards and power play units on a daily basis. He also helped monitor the off-season and pre-season training regimen and coordinated in-season video work. Beal also served as the Head Coach of the Troy Albany Youth Hockey Minor Midget AAA team. After graduating from Union in 2005, Beal spent three years coaching various youth hockey teams and running summer camps with the Schenectady Youth Hockey Association.
A four-year letter winner at Union, Beal recorded 101 points (27 goals, 74 assists) in four seasons with the Dutchmen. As an assistant captain in 2004-05, Beal led Union to its first regular season sweep of Rensselaer, and its first playoff win in nearly 11 years. He set the school single-season assists mark (matched by Kelly Zajac in 2010-11) after recording 29 assists in 2002-03 and finished second on the career assists list.
Beal earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering along with a minor in Mathematics in 2005. He is a Level IV USA Hockey certified coach.