Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin recently named Josh Sciba, a 2007 graduate of Notre Dame and the assistant coach of the Colgate University women’s hockey team from 2012-2016, the new head women’s hockey coach at Union College.
“First off, I want to thank Jim McLaughlin and the entire Union College staff for giving me this opportunity,” said Sciba, in a press release. “Being a head coach has always been a goal throughout my entire career and I couldn’t be more excited to be the new leader of this hockey program. This is going to be a fun process that we’re going to take a day at a time. Our staff is going to inject some new life, a new attitude, and create an environment that is full of passion and energy. We’re going to get to work right away.”
Sciba replaces Claudia Asano Barcomb, who resigned as head coach April 15. Barcomb amassed a record of 36-236-32 overall, 9-169-20 in conference over eight seasons behind the bench.
Under Barcomb, the Dutchwomen have endured the longest streak for consecutive games without a win in NCAA history, which stands at 51 and counting, dating back to December 2014.
The women’s hockey program has failed to win more than nine games in a single season or finish higher than eleventh place in the ECAC.
In 2015-16 the Dutchwomen became the first Division I women’s hockey team to ever finish a season winless, going 0-28-6. Barcomb stepped down with one year remaining on her contract.
“Josh Sciba’s experience as a student-athlete at Notre Dame and a coach at Colgate provide an excellent blend of academic, athletic and coaching attributes that will benefit us from our next head women’s ice hockey coach,” said McLaughlin. “He impressed the committee with his interest and due diligence in what he will do for our program.”
“We have excellent student-athletes in our women’s ice hockey program and we believe Josh is a perfect fit and the right person to build Union Women’s Ice Hockey into prominence in ECAC Hockey and nationally,” McLaughlin continued.
Sciba worked on a coaching staff that led the Raiders, who finished number eight in the final USCHO.com national poll, to a program-record 22 wins last season.
In addition to his time at Colgate and Notre Dame, Sciba spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Niagara University women’s hockey team before serving as head coach for one season.
At Notre Dame, Sciba played on the men’s hockey team, compiling 72 points in 141 games while competing in two NCAA tournaments with the Fighting Irish.
Sciba proceeded to play one year professional in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) before turning to coaching.