Head Coach Chris Schultz
Head coach Chris Schultz begins his seventh season at the reigns for the Knights in 2012-13 after serving as the team's assistant coach for three seasons from 2000-03. In 2010-11, the Ice Knights finished the season with a 16-8-2 overall record and a 10-5-1 SUNYAC conference record. The Ice Knights finished the 2010-11 season with a second place finish and first round bye into the playoffs. During that time, the team was ranked in the top ten of the Division III Coach's Poll for 14 consecutive weeks including a two-week stint at #6. The Ice Knights finished the season ranked eighth in the NCAA's East Region. Schultz also received his first SUNYAC Coach of the Year award in March of 2011 and was one of 13 finalists for the Edward Jeremiah National Coach of the Year. The SUNYAC award was the first Geneseo coach of the year award since Paul Duffy received the honor in 1991.
In his inaugural season with the Ice Knights, Schultz led the team to a respectable 16-10 record and a second place finish in SUNYAC play behind national champion SUNY Oswego. In year two, Schultz's team failed to qualify for the playoffs with a 6-10 record in conference play, but quickly rebounded in the next three seasons with 8-7-1, 9-6-1, and 10-5-1 conference records and home playoff positioning. In Schultz's five years as head coach, the Ice Knights have the third best cumulative in-conference record behind Oswego and Plattsburgh. Schultz has coached two All-American recipients, eleven All-SUNYAC selections, and one SUNYAC Rookie of the Year.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Schultz was the assistant coach at Geneseo under current RIT associate coach Brian Hills for three seasons and returned to the program after three seasons as the head coach at his alma mater Aquinas Institute, a Rochester Catholic private school. Schultz led Aquinas to a 54-14-3 record, including reaching the New York State Class A finals in 2006 and winning the New York State Section V Class A title in 2006. Schultz has worked with numerous hockey camps and clinics including First Contact and the US Select Festivals that feature the country's most promising talent.
As a student-athlete, Schultz captained the 1995-96 and 1996-97 Geneseo Ice Knight squads coached by program founder Paul Duffy, scoring 26 goals and 29 assists in his four year career. Schultz was a three-year member of the SUNYAC All-Academic Team, earned status on the Commissioner's List on multiple occasions and was awarded ECAC East Region USAir Rookie of the Week on one occasion. Prior to college, Schultz played one season with the Rochester Monarchs junior hockey team and served as team captain in 1993. Schultz set a team record by scoring seven short-handed goals in 1993. Prior to junior hockey, Schultz played high school hockey at the Aquinas Institute of Rochester where he finished his career as the eighth best point scorer in school history and 38th all-time in the history of the league.
Career Record: 67-57-5, Five seasons
Assistant Coach Kris Heeres
Assistant coach Kris Heeres returns for a seventh season as assistant coach for 2012-13. An Abbotsford, British Columbia native, Heeres is a 2006 graduate of Geneseo and four-year player for the Ice Knights.
Heeres was the 2002 SUNYAC Co-Rookie of the Year and helped the Ice Knights win two consecutive SUNYAC championships in 2005 and 2006.
As an assistant with Geneseo, Heeres is involved in all facets of the hockey program including recruiting, marketing, video analysis, special teams coach and defensive bench coach.
Heeres knows Geneseo hockey from all angles, having been a recruited student-athlete, an Ice Knights player, and now, a coach. He has the privilege of selling a product that he bought into years ago.
Coach Schultz comments "Kris is a loyal assistant coach. He understands our university's mission and is committed to the success of our student-athletes. He will become a great head coach someday."