Coaching Staff


The University of Delaware D1 Team is currently seeking a new head coach for the 2017-18 hockey season. We are currently in the application and interviewing process. We would like to thank former Coach Julian Giantonio for his two years of service to the program.

Any questions, comments or concerns please contact Team President and Captain Cole Zucker at and Asst coach Alex Rubin at




After finishing a very successful 4 years as a student and hockey player at the University, Alex has decided to return to help coach the Blue Hens. He was a creator of the Blue Hen DIII program and is looking forward to continuing to help the Men’s D1 grow and succeed.

Prior to playing hockey at the University of Delaware, he spent four years at Saint John Vianney High School in Holmdel, NJ where he played football, hockey, and lacrosse. Growing up Alex played for many hockey club in New Jersey including the Red Bank Generals and the Old Bridge Jr. Knights.

At UD, Alex was the sports chair for UDance, the schools largest student-run philanthropy, UDance is a 12-hour philanthropic dance marathon that has helped raise millions of dollars over the last nine years to support medical research and financial assistance for families of children with cancer nationwide.

Rubin assists in all aspects of Delaware Hockey and is a main recruiter for potential Blue Hen Hockey players.

Contact Coach Rubin at:



Former Blue Hen goalie Nick Matarese returns for his 9th season as one of the University of Delaware’s Asst. coaches helping with goalies along with other assistant duties.
Nick played four years for Delaware and was one of the netminders in both the ’07 and ’08 ACHA final four appearances posted by the Blue Hens. During high school, college, and still today he trained with and is an instructor at the Tim Ondra Elite Goaltending Training Center and brings this knowledge and experience of both on and off ice training to the goalies.
Nick is currently runs The Barn, his own creative design agency. The Barn is now an award winning company and one of the top design agencies in the Philadelphia and Delaware area. He produces all UD Hockey media, promotions, and other graphic designs. Nick also recently designed and was under contract with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) designing their new team logo, apparel, Jerseys, hockey gear, and promotional items.

He and his wife, Jenn, reside in St. Georges, Delaware.