We’ve got one more new coach to introduce, Scott Lenhart, who is taking over at Somers/North Salem.
He was approved by the school board on Tuesday and met with the kids last night. Lenhart played club hockey at Saddle Brook High School in New Jersey way back when, and then at Syracuse University. He was a goalie. For the last 26 years, he’s been teaching physics at North Salem, and knows about half the squad very well.
“Scott’s been involved with the game forever as a player and coach,” Somers athletic director Roman Catalino said. “He’s a teacher and North Salem, and that brought him to the forefront.”
There was no official reason given for the change since this falls under the protection of a personnel decision, but I do know a few parents were not happy to see Mike Pontillo go.
Lenhart was a longtime coach for the Millbrook Youth Hockey Association. He also coached for the Mid-Hudson Vikings.
“We’re very, very excited,” Lenhart said on the drive home from his first meeting with the Somers/North Salem kids. “We’re starting an optional dry-land workout, and the kids are enthusiastic. We’re looking to get on the ice very shortly. … I definitely have a philosophy and that’s to help the kids develop as good people, good students and good athletes. We’ll make sure we keep the priorities in order.”
Tryouts will start with the first day of practice, Nov. 8, and Lenhart expects to keep 18 skaters and two goalies.