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Bentley University Falcons
146 Northeast-10 Championships
80 CoSIDA Academic All-Americas
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2001 NCAA Div. II Field Hockey National Champs
Women's Basketball: NCAA Record 35 NCAA tournaments
Ryan Soderquist
Ryan Soderquist
Title: Head Hockey Coach
Phone: 781-891-2492
Email: rsoderquist@bentley.edu

Ryan Soderquist enters his 18th season behind the bench at his alma mater Bentley University for the 2019-20 season.

A two-time Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012, Soderquist is the winningest coach in program history with 230 career victories and counting entering this season.

Soderquist has built the Falcons from a fledgling Division I program in its early years into a perennial contender in Atlantic Hockey. He ushered the program into a bold new era as the Falcons moved into the new, state of the art Bentley Arena in February, 2018.

The 2018-19 season was a strong campaign for Soderquist and the Falcons in their first full season at Bentley Arena. The team won 17 games and finished in 2nd place in Atlantic Hockey, its best finish since 2013-14. The Falcons had a 12 game unbeaten streak, the 2nd longest by any team in 2018-19, and an 8 game winning streak. Both of those streaks broke program records at Division I. Moreover, Bentley defeated Boston College to make it 9 seasons out of 11 that they have defeated a team from Hockey East.

Before the start of the season, Jakov Novak became Bentley's first ever NHL draft pick when he was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 2018 NHL Draft. 

The program has notched a number of signature wins in Soderquist's time behind the bench. In addition to last season's win over Boston College, the 2017-18 season saw an overtime road win over 18th ranked UMass-Lowell, plus road wins over the ECAC's Brown and Dartmouth. In 2016-17, they scored a season-opening win over New Hampshire, plus defeated Army West Point at Fenway Park, giving him a 2-0 record all-time at Fenway.

The 2015-16 season saw a two-game sweep of eventual Hockey East champions Northeastern, plus a 6-2 victory over Army West Point at the Barlcays Center in Brooklyn, the first ever college hockey game played at that venue.

The 2014-15 season featured a two-game sweep of the ECAC's Rensselaer on the road. In 2013-14, Bentley defeated Boston University and Nebraska-Omaha on the road, in addition to beating Atlantic Hockey rival Holy Cross at Fenway Park. The Falcons have also scored road wins over Hockey East’s Maine (2008-09), UMass (2009-10), Northeastern (2010-11 & 2012-13) and New Hampshire (2016-17) in previous seasons.

Soderquist earned his 2nd Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year Award for the 2011-12 campaign after guiding the Falcons to an excellent season where they went 16-16-8 overall, finished just three points out of first-place in Atlantic Hockey, and improved by 10 points and four places in the conference standings from the previous season.

Soderquist earned his 1st Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year Award for the 2008-09 season after leading a team that was picked to finish 9th in the Atlantic Hockey Preseason Poll to a 19-17-2 record. That was a 10-win turnaround from 2007-08, the largest improvement in Atlantic Hockey and the 3rd biggest in Division I hockey from the prior season.

He became the winningest coach in program history with a 3-2 victory over Connecticut on Nov. 19, 2010, which was the 102nd of his career, moving him past Jim McAdam and into 1st place on the program’s all-time career wins list. Soderquist begins the 2016-17 season with 187 career wins.

In his 4th season at the helm in 2005-06, the Stoneham, Mass., native took the Falcons all the way to the Atlantic Hockey championship game, beating both Army and Mercyhurst in double overtime to get there.

Soderquist's players have received 26 Atlantic Hockey All-Conference honors and 13 All-Rookie nods. Three of his players have been named the AHA Rookie of the Year (Andrew Gladiuk 2013, Alex Grieve 2012, Erik Peterson 2008). Six of his players have taken part in NHL Development camps over the years.

Not just successful on the ice, Soderquist’s teams excel in the classroom and are active in the community. Bentley is regularly among the most well-represented schools on the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team. The program posted a four-year Academic Progress Rate score of 997 (out of 1000) for the 2007-11 academic years, which measures the retention and eligibility of scholarship players.

A 2000 graduate of Bentley and the school’s all-time leader in goals and points, Soderquist was named the head hockey coach at his alma mater on March 7, 2002, becoming the youngest head coach in Division I hockey. He had spent the 2001-02 season as an assistant under McAdam.

In his first season at the helm, he was named the 2002-03 MAAC Hockey League Coach of the Year after leading Bentley to more wins (15) than they had in the previous three seasons combined. 

Soderquist finished his playing career at Bentley with 84 goals and 89 assists for 173 points, 24 points higher than Bentley’s former standard-bearer, John Maguire ’84. The 84 goals are also a school record and the 89 assists are tied for 4th on the all-time list. As a sophomore in 1997-98, he set the program’s single-season record for points with 59 and goals with 33. Both records still stand.

The recipient of numerous honors during his career, Soderquist was Bentley’s captain for two seasons. After his record breaking sophomore year, he was named an SID’s first team Division II All-America. As a senior, he led the conference in points per game and assists, was second in total points and was named first team All-MAAC.

Soderquist is a graduate of Arlington Catholic High School. He also spent a postgraduate year at Winchendon Prep. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing in May 2000.

He and his wife, Jessica, have two daughters, Cora and Madeline.

The Soderquist Record

 

All Games

Conference

 

Year

W

L

 T 

W

L

T

Finish

Postseason

02-03

15

19

0

13

13

0

t-5th 

MAAC Semifinals

03-04

9

19

4

7

13

4

7th 

AHA First Round

04-05

8

20

6

6

13

5

7th 

AHA Semifinals

05-06

15

17

5

11

12

5

4th

AHA Finalists

06-07

12

22

1

11

17

0

t-7th

AHA Quarterfinals

07-08

9

21

6

9

13

6

8th

AHA First Round

08-09

19

17

2

15

11

2

4th

AHA Semifinals

09-10

12

19

4

10

15

3

8th

AHA First Round

10-11

10

18

6

9

13

5

10th

AHA First Round

11-12

16

16

8

13

7

7

6th

AHA Quarterfinals

12-13 12 20 3 10 14 3 10th

AHA First Round

13-14 19 14 4 16 7 4 2nd

AHA Quarterfinals

14-15 17 15 5 14 9 5 t-3rd

AHA Quarterfinals

15-16 14 20 6 9 13 6 8th

AHA Quarterfinals

16-17 13 19 7 10 12 6 T-6th

AHA Quarterfinals

17-18 13 18 6 9 14 5 T-9th

AHA First Round

18-19 17 15 5 15 9 4 2nd

AHA Quarterfinals

Totals

230

309

78

187

205

70