CHARLESTON, SC: Looking to build off an excellent first season in the USPHL, the Charleston Colonials solidified their coaching staff earlier this week. The Colonials are proud to announce Austin Block as their next Premier Head Coach and Jacob Smulevitch as their Elite Head Coach. Both Austin and Jacob will assist each other at their respective levels.
Austin comes to the Colonials with a very impressive playing career that concluded after the 2018-19 season, while last year serving as the Head Coach of the Northern Cyclones U18 team. The Southern California native played his junior hockey for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the NAHL before earning a full scholarship to play college hockey at the University of New Hampshire NCAA D-1. After competing collegiately Block went on to play professionally for 7 seasons between the ECHL and Europe. As a player and a coach Block prides himself on discipline, hard work, and maximizing his potential every way possible. “From the moment we spoke with Austin it was clear his values and goals aligned directly with ours. As a franchise we want to continue to build off a successful first year and we believe Austin is exactly what we need to do that.” – Colonials Ownership
Jacob returns to the Colonials after finishing last year as an assistant coach at both the Premier and Elite level. As a coach Jacob was instrumental in developing our players on and off the ice, as well as excelling in pre scouts and video review. Smulevitch is a top recruiter at our level having previously served as a scout for the Des Moines Buccaneers USHL and the President of Ball State Hockey. In just his first year behind the Colonials bench he helped take the Elite team to the National Championship. “Jacob did an amazing job this past season in all aspects of his job. From the video component, player development and recruiting he is far beyond his years. As a coach he is someone the players respect and can relate to. From the moment he arrived in Charleston we knew it was crucial to keep him in our organization and we are excited to see him grow as a Head Coach this season.” – Colonials Ownership
“My philosophy has always been built on the idea that building good people will result in building good hockey players. People who do things the right way and for the right reasons are people who will have success in life. My ultimate goal is for players to grow both in their on-ice skill and in their off-ice lives.” – Jacob Smulevitch
“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Charleston Colonials Organization and uphold the values and ethical code already established for the betterment of our future student-athletes. Without even realizing it, the sport of hockey taught me many life lessons subconsciously. I hope to impart wisdom and growth, through the sport of hockey, into every individual player.” – Austin Block