Former assistant Josh Isenberg was promoted to head coach of the Mount Pleasant Ice Cats at the beginning of the school year, taking over for Erik Kallio.
The 40-year-old teaching assistant at Pleasantville played collegiate hockey at Skidmore, then hung around for three seasons as an assistant before heading this way. He’s coached the Snapple Express and two Vipers teams, so he knows the players from all four schools that make up the roster well.
“I’m certainly familiar with the kids from past seasons here and have coached most of them in travel, as well,” Eisenberg said. ” There might only be three or four I haven’t met. … We’re going to be aggressive, but we first have to take care of our own zone.”
The Icecats graduated 21 players in the last two seasons, and are going to be young. Pleasantville, Briarcliff and Westlake make up the bulk of the roster, and there are two players coming from Valhalla. Of all the mergers, this one might be toughest because the kids don’t like each other in any other field of competition.
“That’s obviously our biggest challenge,” Eisenberg said. “We try to do as much as we can to get the kids together. We only have two slots on ice each week, so we do off ice a couple of time each week and organize things like team dinners.”
Brett Alcantara will be the assistant coach, and Mount Pleasant will again be playing out of Westchester Skating Academy.