Roger Del Fiacco
Associate Head Coach
Kelly Newton is the newest member of the GCU Men’s Hockey Coaching Staff, having joined the Lopes right after the start of 2019. Even before stepping onto the GCU campus, Newton brought one of the most extensive resumes of anyone in the ACHA. Newton has been a coach for the past dozen years for three perennial powerhouses in the west. Newton came to GCU after spending the last four months as an assistant coach for the Buffaloes’ D1 program at the University of Colorado. That was his first assistant coaching job in over a decade, since he spent the three years before that overseeing the University of Northern Colorado Bears’ Men’s Hockey program, leading them to ACHA D2 National Tournament.
Newton’s greatest coaching success also came in the Rocky Mountain State, since from 2006 until 2014, Newton was the head coach for Colorado State University, overseeing both the D1 and D2 teams. Under his tutelage, the Rams went to eight consecutive ACHA National Tournaments. Newton’s head coaching record all-time is 130-60-11, one of the better ones in the history of ACHA D2.
Newton also brings another kind of valuable experience to the Lopes, since he helped lead CSU rise to the ACHA Division 1 level in 2013-something GCU will do starting in the 2019-20 season. Newton also holds a USA Hockey Masters Coaching level 5, and is an active member of FCA Hockey.
Newton has another big reason to bleed Lopes’ purple, since his daughter Kennedy is a freshman at GCU.