Head Hockey Coach
Just the third Army hockey coach in the past 63 years, Brian Riley has made his mark on a program coached by his father and brother in just under a decade. The President of the American Hockey Coaches Association, Brian Riley is a three-time Atlantic Hockey Association Coach of the Year, has guided Army to 11-consecutive Atlantic Hockey Association playoff berths, led the team to its the first regular season championship in program history, and had four players chosen to participate in the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Competition. Utilizing a defensive system that focuses on physical, intense play and opportunistic scoring. Riley was recently appointed to the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee, which is responsible for the management of the NCAA Championship.
Associate Head Coach
Zack McKelvie enters his third season with the Black Knights and first as the Associate Head Coach. A 2009 graduate of West Point and hockey team captain, McKelvie returned to West Point after winning the East Coast Hockey League title with the Alaska Aces in 2014. He played in 42 games for the Aces, including the playoffs and had four points in the run to the Kelly Cup. He began his pro career with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League in 2011 and played a total of 29 games before skating in seven contests at the end of the season with the Reading Royals of the ECHL. He spent most of his career with the AHLs Abbotsford Heat, which is part of the Calgary Flames system. He played 65 games with the Heat in over a season of action. He was honored to be a member of the AHA 10th Anniversary Team, which was announced in 2013. He joined Owen Meyer as the two former cadet-athletes to be on the list. In 2009, McKelvie was the recipient of the Henry "Hal" Beukema Award, which is given to the team's most valuable player.
Chris McKelvie, an American Hockey League veteran, joins the Army West Point hockey staff for his first season. McKelvie is the identical twin brother of current assistant coach Zach McKelvie, who has been on Riley’s staff for two seasons and is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. McKelvie comes to West Point after seven seasons in the American Hockey League with two different teams. The right-winger started his career with the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2010 and just finished his professional career with the Albany Devils, where he was an alternate captain for the last three seasons. He played in two Calder Cup Playoffs and was part of Devils team that forced a game seven in their division series with the Toronto Marlies that year. In all, McKelvie appeared in 272 career AHL games with 22 goals and 39 assists for 61 points. He recorded a career-high 21 points with nine goals and 12 assists in 2013-14 for the Devils. Prior to his professional career, McKelvie skated in 120 collegiate games at Bemidji State, leading the Beavers to their run to the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four as a team captain. He scored 18 goals and added 15 assists in those 120 games.