South Shore Kings name Drew Omicioli new NCDC head coach
By USPHL Staff
The South Shore Kings are pleased to announce that Drew Omicioli will be the new GM/Head Coach of its National Collegiate Development Team.
Omicioli, a native of West Warwick R,I., spent the past three seasons coaching professional hockey in Italy (Alps Hockey League).
He was also the Head Coach of the Louisiana IceGators in the Southern Professional Hockey League for two seasons. He served as an assistant coach at Brown University during the 2008-09 season.
“[On April 22], when they made it official, was really the first time I got a tour of the Foxboro Sports Center facility. The professionalism of the organization itself and that facility are the big selling points for the Kings,” said Omicioli. “That professionalism is such a major factor in getting the right kids to come in and build the organization back up. Having the top-notch training on and off the ice and be in that atmosphere, I’m really excited about it. Now, the tough part is finding guys with that mentality, so we can get this team back where it should be: as one of the top teams in the NCDC.”
Omicioli is a graduate of Providence College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. He was a standout player in his time at Providence and also served as assistant captain during his senior season. He went on to play in the AHL for the Providence Bruins and then four seasons in Italy.
As a youth hockey player, he also played with Eastern Hockey Federation members the Boston Jr. Terriers as part of his early development.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Drew to the South Shore Kings,” said Kings President Rich Touzos. “Drew brings in a level of professionalism that will transcend into the Kings tradition. I am confident Drew will help develop and move our players on to the next level.”
“I did one year of Tier-1 junior and I was fortunate enough to live with a great family,” Omicioli added, “but it’s a long way from home when you’re 17 or 18 years old. Now, having the ability to keep our local guys here and add guys from north of the border and from overseas, we can get the guys who are potential Division 1 players,” said Omicioli.
He credited the organization for keeping on the recruiting trail even when they were between head coaches.
“Tyler Holske and Rich Touzos did a great job of getting to this point where we are not far behind any other NCDC team,” Omicioli said. “We already have guys tendered, and now with me being officially named head coach, I can really hit the pavement and utilize my contacts here, in Canada and in Europe.”
The South Shore Kings NCDC Pre-Draft Camp is scheduled for May 8-12. Registration is available on southshorekings.com.