Cornell University ice hockey alum and four-year assistant coach Topher Scott will be the new head coach of the Syracuse Stars, according to the USPHL. The Stars are an under-16 Premiere Division team in the U.S. Premiere Hockey League.
“Coach Scott will be an amazing resource for the Stars’ players, both with on-ice skill development and off-ice guidance,” Stars general manager Nicole Kirnan Kelly said in a statement. “Whenever you have a coach with the credentials and hockey knowledge of Topher Scott, it is a huge plus for the entire organization.
Topher Scott spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Big Red, his alma mater, after leading Miami of Ohio to a 2011 Mason Cup as an assistant coach there in 2011. Before coaching, he played professionally in the CHL for the Texas Brahmas and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.
As a hockey player at Cornell, Topher played in all 138 games of his four seasons, the second most games played in Cornell’s history books.
Topher and his wife, Emma, left the Ithaca area this spring, moving to Skaneateles, a community just west of Syracuse with a strong youth hockey tradition. As a student and then a member of the coaching staff for the Big Red, Topher was instrumental in developing the team’s relationship with the Franziska Racker Centers, an Ithaca-based non-profit that supports people with disabilities and their families, and has helped organize the annual Racker Rivals Big Red charity hockey game featuring alumni, celebrities, and community members.
The third charity hockey game is coming up in just a few weeks. “I’ve been involved on many levels with this organization since my days of playing as a student athlete,” Topher says of the Racker Centers. “We hope this grows to be one of the community’s most well-attended philanthropic events.” The men’s hockey team has visited the Racker Centers on several occasions. “Our boys had a great time and made some new friends.”
The Stars finished the 2015-2016 season in eighth place in the twelve-team Premiere Division with an 18-26-0 record. (Four of the losses came in overtime.) The USPHL is hosting a Summer Showcase event next weekend, and league games begin in mid-September.