WESTPORT, SD (AberdeenWings.com) – Aberdeen Wings President Aaron Smith and General Manager/Head Coach Scott Langer announced that the team has named Eric Hirschhaut as the Assistant Coach, effective immediately.
Hirschhaut played Division III Hockey at the State University of New York at Fredonia where he majored in sport management with minor concentrations in business administration and athletic coaching. A 2022 graduate, he was selected for the Chris de Bruyn Award as a player who exhibits extraordinary excellence in academics with superior play on the ice, represents the highest character and serves as a role model for the hockey program. He was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma national honor society for four-year collegiate athletes earning 3.4+ cumulative grade point average. He earned placement on the SUNYAC Academic Honor Roll for all eight semesters and served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative for the men’s hockey team.
For the 2022-23 season, Hirschhaut served as a post-grad intern for the men’s hockey team at the University of Massachusetts where he honed his skills in team operations and player analytics. The Minutemen were the 2021 NCAA Division I champion.
As an undergraduate, Hirschhaut served as an amateur scout for the Fargo Force in the USHL, where he scouted the New York State Tournament of Tier 1 U16 and U18 players as well as the USA Hockey National Championships in St. Louis.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to work with Scott Langer and the Aberdeen Wings family,” said Hirschhaut. “I also appreciate the warm welcome that I have received from the Odde Family and look forward to moving to South Dakota. I understand that the community and the fan base is the best in the NAHL!”