Boys hockey: St. Thomas Academy co-coaches Greg, Tom Vannelli to retire at end of season

After 15 years and a handful of state championships, brothers Greg and Tom Vannelli will step down as St. Thomas Academy boys hockey co-coaches at the end of the season, the school announced Thursday.

Tom will remove himself entirely from the program, while Greg will still be involved “to ensure a smooth transition” to the program’s next coach.

The duo took over the program in 2003. They have led the Cadets to 10 section titles and five state titles. They led a smooth transition as the program bumped up from Class A to Class 2A five years ago, and have helped 30 players earn college scholarships.

“Tom and Greg instituted new training methods that have been a winning formula and have had a profound impact on all of our athletic teams,” St. Thomas Academy athletic director Bob Slater said in a statement. “They understand the science behind athletic performance and have used that science with the single-minded purpose of raising the bar for Cadets hockey. Individualized offseason training has helped our athletes reshape their bodies and increase their cardiovascular endurance. Applying sound nutritional science has shortened recovery times. And in-game technology has helped maximize the use of players and adjust game strategy.”

St. Thomas Academy will soon start the process of looking for its next coach.

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