Jake Bennett has been appointed the new head coach of the boys’ varsity ice hockey team at Northfield Mount Hermon. In addition, he will serve the school as the assistant director of annual giving and athletic engagement in the advancement office.
Bennett, who will also be NMH’s head baseball coach, replaces Matt Harlow, who decided to return to his position as director of hockey operations for the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack.
“Jake Bennett emerged from a very strong pool of applicants that included Division I college coaches as well as other prep school contenders,” said Rick Hendrickson, NMH’s director of athletics. “Jake distinguished himself with his knowledge of the prep school landscape, his emphasis on building a culture that encompasses citizenship and championships, and his ability to connect our alumni and families with our athletic program vision and progression.”
Bennett was most recently the associate head coach for varsity boys’ ice hockey at Kent School, where he spent six years and also worked in the admission office. He is the co-owner and president of hockey operations for All-American Prospects, a summer hockey organization based in the Boston area. He also serves as a scout for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League.
Bennett attended Noble and Greenough School, where he was a two-sport standout for the Bulldogs, serving as a captain and all-league honoree. The Norwell, Massachusetts, native then chose Trinity College, where he played varsity baseball team and club hockey.
“I am thrilled to embrace the legacy of excellence that Coach Czepiel set forth and this esteemed institution embodies,” Bennett said. “My vision is to foster a culture of teamwork, dedication, and passion for the game, empowering our student athletes to reach their full potential on and off the ice.
“Together, we will build a winning culture while nurturing a supportive and inclusive environment for all players,” he added. “I am truly honored to lead this group of young men and look forward to a season filled with development, learning, and unforgettable memories.”