Q&A with Frank DiCristofaro: Indiana Tech Ice Hockey
Sep18

Q&A with Frank DiCristofaro: Indiana Tech Ice Hockey

Indiana Tech began its inaugural ice hockey program over the weekend. The DI program dropped two at UM-Dearborn 9-2 and 9-3, and the DIII program swept Purdue in West Lafayette 4-3 and 10-6. The Warriors have their home-opener against Central Michigan this Saturday at the SportONE/Parkview Icehouse (formerly Canlan) at 5:30 p.m. I sat down with head coach Frank DiCristofaro to discuss the team, the results and the upcoming weekend. Aubree: You’ve been on staff at Indiana Tech for over a year now. What have you had to do to prepare for this season? Frank: The first thing was to build a recruiting base, which I think we did pretty well. We’ve had a lot of local interest which is pretty exciting. The next biggest thing was setting up a schedule, which was the most difficult task because teams are basically afraid of the unknown. What kind of competition you’re going to be. Things like that. Trying to lock in dates was pretty difficult but we were able to do that. The season we have about 37 games scheduled. We do have a roster of 26 guys, some local, many from Michigan and surrounding states, we also have a player from Oregon so we’re really all over the map with kids coming in. A: How does the DIII team look? F: Really good, as well. We’ve had a lot of local interest from the local high schools, so our D3 team is heavy with those. I think the area is really excited with what we’re bringing to the table for the kids so everyone has been really positive and supportive with our efforts to this point. A: How does the IPFW ice hockey club team differ from Tech’s? F: I don’t know the inter-workings of IPFW’s team, but I know the team here is completely free to play. We don’t pay any player fees, the players get sticks, helmet, gloves, equipment to use. None of that comes out of their pockets. I know all of our travel is by charter and they get meals on the road and things like that. We treat it like it’s a varsity program regardless of the delineation of level is. A: You say, “like a varsity program?” Is it not? F: Right. Our DI has a national championship and our DIII team also has a national championship. I guess the definition of a “varsity sport” is that you play for a national championship. Both teams in our program have the opportunity to play for that. A: What athletic association are you affiliated with? F: The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is an organizing body that...

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