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Coaching Staff

Roger Del Fiacco
Associate Head Coach

Roger Del Fiacco is going into his second year of coaching at GCU. Coach Del Fiacco was born and raised in St. Paul, Minn., and he grew up playing ice hockey for the Phalen Youth Club, St. Casimir’s School and Hill High School as a defenseman. After high school, Coach Del Fiacco entered the U.S. Air Force and served his country during the war in Southeast Asia. Fortunate to not have been in the war zone, he brought his skates as he traveled the world and played for USAF hockey teams.
 
Coach Del Fiacco got involved in youth hockey after his return to civilian life. For the past 37 years, he was part of the staff that ran the Olympic Development Program in Blaine, Minn., as well 16U and 18U Select hockey programs in the Twin Cities area. He also coached high school hockey in Minnesota, Colorado, Montana and Arizona. In 2009, he helped start and build the Arizona Redhawks junior hockey program as an assistant coach. He remained there until job travel limited his coaching time in 2014. While with the Redhawks, he created and generated statistics for the coaching staff on strengths and weaknesses of player skills during practice and games. He also analyzed game films for team and opponent tendencies.
 
Coach Del Fiacco and his wife, Cathy, raised five children, four of whom played youth travel and high school hockey. They live in Laveen, Ariz., and their children have families in Minnesota and Arizona. Del Fiacco is excited to be a part of the GCU hockey program.

Kelly Newton
Assistant 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.