October 17, 2010

Eddie Ardito Joins Yale Staff

Will Work for Former Mentor Joakim Flygh

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Eddie Ardito, who played for Yale's new head coach Joakim Flygh at New England College, has joined the Yale women's ice hockey staff.

Ardito received a B.A. in sport & recreation management: athletic administration with a minor in coaching from New England College in 2006. He started his career as a forward for the Pilgrims and later served as student assistant coach. Flygh, a 2000 graduate of New England College, was an assistant coach when Ardito played there.

"We are thrilled and fortunate to have Eddie join the Bulldog program," Flygh said. "At NEC, I admired his loyalty to the team and the way that he represented the team. We appreciate his dedication to Yale Hockey and we look forward to working with him. I am expecting that Eddie's enthusiasm and energy will complement our coaches and players well."

After graduating, Ardito spent a season as the interim head coach of New England College's women's ice hockey team, leading the team to a 12-6-1 conference record and the semifinals of the ECAC East Tournament. He simultaneously served as the head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach for the men's team, which went 13-5-1 in the conference and advanced to the ECAC East Championship game.

In addition to his time with New England's hockey teams, Ardito also served as a volunteer assistant baseball coach for the Pilgrims in 2007.

Ardito was assistant coach and director of hockey operations for Connecticut College's men's ice hockey team from 2007 through 2010. The Camels made a pair of NESCAC quarterfinal appearances in his time with them.

Ardito has worked multiple ice hockey camps, including National Hockey Training. He recently began working as a trainer for Bluestreak Sports Training Center in Stamford, Conn.

A native of Branford, Conn., Ardito was a three-time all-state and All-Southern Connecticut Conference selection for Branford High's ice hockey team. He was also a three-time MVP and two-time captain, and was a two-time All-SCC selection for the football team as well.

Off the ice, Ardito has volunteered with Special Olympics and Buddy Walk for children with Down Syndrome.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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