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2015-16 Coaching Staff

Chris Potter - Head Men's Ice Hockey Coach
(860) 685-2927 - cjpotter@wesleyan.edu

Chris Potter, head coach

     Chris Potter, a 1993 graduate of the University of Connecticut, is in his 13th year of duty as head men's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan in 2015-16 after serving in that capacity on an interim basis his first season in 2003-04.  He is a full-time faculty member with the rank of adjunct associate professor. He also was head coach of the golf team from 2003-2014.
      An assistant ice hockey coach and recruiting coordinator at Brown University from 1998 through 2003, Chris was a four-year ice hockey letterman, an All-American as a senior and a two-time all-ECAC and all-New England selection at UConn.  He began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater from 1996-1998. For three years following his graduation, Chris was a member of the Roanoke Express in the Southern Division of the East Coast Hockey League.  Roanoke was affiliated with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL during Chris' playing days.
        From 1997 to the present, Chris has been involved with USA Hockey-Team New England as an instructor, assistant coach and in 2001 and 2002, as a head coach.
        Chris earned his Master's degree in education from UConn in 2003. In his opening five years as Wesleyan's mentor, Chris was twice been named NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year, receiving the honor in both 2003-04 and again in 2006-07.  Wesleyan earned its first winning conference mark since jumping to the NESCAC/East in 1995 with a 9-6-4 record in 2006-07 while gaining its first-ever NESCAC tournament home game.  In 2010-11, Chris directed the squad to its first-ever NESCAC tournament semifinal appearance after knocking off top-seeded Hamilton in the first round.

Steve Needham - Assistant Coach
(860) 685-3291 - sneedham@wesleyan.edu
Steve Needham, assistant coach

     Steve Needham begins his second year at Wesleyan University as an assistant men's ice hockey coach and intern in 2015-16.  Steve is a 2013 graduate of Worcester State University. During college, Steve started his coaching career with the Neponset Valley River Rats U16 Tier 1 team, serving as an assistant coach for two years before taking over as head coach for three years.  Steve then took a coaching position at Milton Academy working under Coach Paul Cannata. Steve’s primary duties were recruiting and assisting in practice planning. During Steve’s coaching career, he has coached three NHL draft pics, more than 10 Division I hockey players, and many Division III players.


Jim Panczykowski - Assistant Coach

Jim Langlois, assistant coach

     Jim Panczykowski, a 2004 Wesleyan graduate and four-year goaltender for the men's ice hockey squad, is aiding the Cardinal coaches this year for a 10th time in 2015-16.  With 68 career starts at Wesleyan, Jim collected 2,189 saves, which ranks second all-time, with a 3.41 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.  He was named second-team all-NESCAC and a New England Hockey Writers Division III all-star, as well as being selected to play in the ECAC Division III East-West senior all-star game in 2004. He also received the Joe Concannon Award as the top Division III American-born ice hockey player in New England as a senior.  Jim had a brief pro career with a minor league ice hockey squad in New Haven following graduation.  Jim currently is vice-president of Northeast Operations (Connecticut and New York) for Binswanger, an industrial real estate firm.