ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – University of Alaska Anchorage head coach Matt Curley announced the hiring of Mark Phalon and Dana Borges as assistant coaches Thursday.
Phalon joins the Seawolves after spending the previous three seasons (2015-18) as an assistant coach at Hobart College. He helped the Statesmen to a 59-16-11 mark and three NCAA Tournament Appearances. During his time in Geneva, N.Y., the Statesmen had six AHCA All-Americans and 12 all-conference players.
Phalon jumped to the professional ranks working with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) as the video coach in 2013, before being promoted to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014. He started his collegiate coaching career at St. Lawrence where he served as video coach for six seasons (2003-08). Phalon was the director of hockey operations at Northeastern University for six seasons (2008-13).
"Mark brings a wealthy of experience and knowledge to our program through his years working at the NCAA, AHL and NHL levels,” said Matt Curley. “He has worked alongside some of the most well respected coaches in our profession, giving him a unique perspective and outlook on the game. Through his efforts, he has built a diverse and well respected recruiting network that will serve us well in that process. He has been a part of championship caliber programs and will work tirelessly to help our program achieve the success that he has been a part of. I am thrilled to have Mark join Nick and I as a part of our staff."
Dana Borges served as an assistant coach at Williams College for the past year. He was a volunteer assistant at Colgate and started his career at Stonehill College. While at Stonehill he helped the Skyhawks to a 42-25-8 mark, including three regular season Northeast 10 titles and one Northeast 10 tournament title. Borges is involved with USA Hockey serving as the Associate Coach in Chief of the Massachusetts District.
"Dana comes to our program as a highly regarded up and coming coach in our game,” said Matt Curley. “He is well versed in the player pool through his work with USA Hockey in addition to his time spent at all various levels of college hockey, a unique achievement. Young and energetic, his elite on ice skill work will help both current and future Seawolves as he has a passion for development and a love for recruitment and building those relationships. With a relentless work ethic and commitment to getting better, Dana will be a great fit with our team and staff."
Alaska Anchorage will open the 2018-19 season Oct. 6th when it hosts Colorado College.