Miles Read found that his pathway to NCAA hockey went from his home in Texas through Charlotte, N.C., and his destination is now set at Glenside, Pa., home to Arcadia University.
Read, a 2000-born native of Dallas, is currently in his second year with the Rush as a right wing. He’s formed a great camaraderie with all of his teammates, and this will actually continue with fellow Rush Pallen Brooks, Lunden Strickler and Cam Parrott also going to Arcadia next year, when the Knights play their first-ever season in NCAA Division III hockey.
“I think it’s super-exciting, with the whole team and not just me figuring out college hockey,” said Read. “Coach [Vincent] Pietrangelo will have us all in the right spots. I think we’ll have a pretty solid team. Hopefully it’s a fun year. We’ll get things done and show we can be a dominant presence.”
Arcadia started talking to Read early in the 2020-21 season.
“Coach Pietrangelo had his eyes on me for a little while. The coaching staff said he woul love for me to be a Knight and be a part of history at Arcadia,” said Read. “I’m thankful I was given the opportunity.”
Arcadia is a small university, with an undergraduate enrollment of about 2,400. Read sees this as a massive strength for Arcadia.
“I fell in love with the campus. I loved how small it was, and I feel like there’s a good professor-to-student ratio there,” said Read. “I wanted a situation where I would know my professors, be able to talk to my professors, and have a good relationship with them.”
He has a great relationship with his current teammates in the Red and White of the Charlotte Rush. There is no surprise that Read is one of 10 players in at least their second year with the Premier team - the potent combination of great on-ice success and a family atmosphere keep players coming back to Charlotte.
“I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of the Rush. It’s been an absolutely fun time, it’s taught me to not only be a better hockey player, but to be a better man, a better person,” said Read. “I couldn’t be in a better spot. I love our culture - we just win, and there’s no better feeling than winning.”
The Rush were in third place among the 61 Premier teams with four games remaining, with first overall in their sights, though two teams ahead of them - the Metro Jets and Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings - have games in hand.
“We take a lot of time developing our own skills before practices, and then the coaches really take care of you. We watch a lot of video, we’ll say in those sessions, ‘Let’s work on this,’ and we’ll go out and practice that exact aspect the next morning,” said Read. “Everything we look at gets worked on. It’s all helped me become a better player or skater. I’ve become a better all-around forward and defenseman.”
He expects the same forward progression to continue as a player at Arcadia. Meantime, he is excited about pursuing his two biggest off-ice interests - business, and automotive repairs and upgrades.
“I hope to someday start my own garage for building cars. I’d love to learn the business side of cars and also being able to be hands-on with cars,” said Read. “I’m also leaning towards going into pre-law or maybe politics. I’ll have a lot of options.”
The USPHL congratulates Miles Read, his family, the Charlotte Rush and Arcadia University for his commitment.