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Robert Haberbusch, HEAD COACH

Rob Haberbusch is in his third season as the sixth head men's ice hockey coach all-time at Hamilton College. Haberbusch has directed Hamilton to a spot in the NESCAC championship quarterfinals in each of his first two seasons. His players have received two all-conference and five NESCAC winter all-academic team honors. Marko Brelih '16 was selected to the 2012-13 USCHO Division III All-Rookie Team. Haberbusch guided the Continentals to the 2011 Skidmore College Invitational team title.

Haberbusch was an assistant at the U.S. Military Academy (Army) from 2003 to 2011 and was named the associate head coach for the Division I program in 2008. He helped guide Army to 83 wins in eight seasons in Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) play.

In 2007-08, Army won 19 games, including a record of 17-8-3 in the AHA. The 17 Atlantic Hockey victories was the program record in conference play. The team earned the Atlantic Hockey regular season title -- their first championship of any kind in men's ice hockey -- and reached the semifinals of the conference championship. The team went 17-12-5 overall and 15-8-5 in the conference in 2006-07. Army advanced to the AHA championship game, where they fell to the Air Force Academy.

While at Army, Haberbusch worked under Rob Riley and Brian Riley. Rob went on to become head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons, and Brian was the AHA coach of the year in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Haberbusch was part of the Army Athletic Association's coaching staff of the year in 2008, and Army claimed the AHA team sportsmanship award in 2009 and 2010.

Haberbusch played a major role in the recruitment of one NHL free agent signee, one All-American, one AHA player of the year, one AHA goalie of the year, one AHA defenseman of the year, 14 all-conference selections and three all-rookie team members at Army. The 2007, 2010 and 2011 AHA Scholar-Athletes of the Year were all recruited by Haberbusch.

Haberbusch was an assistant coach at Iona College for one season prior to his career at Army. He served as an assistant at the University of Findlay from 1997 to 2002. Haberbusch played college hockey at Fairfield University from 1989 to 1993 and was a four-year letter winner at center and left wing.

Haberbusch, who grew up in Montclair, N.J., graduated with a degree in political science. He earned his master's in education from Findlay in 1999. Haberbusch and his wife Molly have a daughter, Shelby.

Michael Chiellino, ASSISTANT COACH

Mike Chiellino is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Hamilton College men's ice hockey program. Chiellino was the assistant director of the boys' hockey program and head coach of the boys' varsity prep "B" team at the Nichols School in Buffalo prior to joining the Hamilton coaching staff.

Chiellino was responsible for the development and functioning of seven different hockey teams within the Nichols School. As head coach of the varsity prep "B" team, he led the program to its first Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association Senior Boys Division II league championship.

Chiellino began his collegiate playing career at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica from 2004 to 2006. He moved on to Siena College where he was a team captain for three years. Chiellino helped lead the team to a pair of American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II final four appearances.

Chiellino graduated with a degree in sociology and a minor in criminal justice. He earned his master's in counselor education from Canisius College. Chiellino is from New Hartford.