Coaches Corner

Updated Wednesday January 18, 2017 by Rivermen Hockey.

Head Coach Mike Difiore  

Coach Mike Di Fiore played goaltender in high school at Glens Falls 1986-1988. He played 3 years at SUNY Potsdam in 1988-1991. After graduation, Coach Di Fiore was an assistant coach at SGF. He then became assistant at Glens Falls. Coach Di Fiore became the head coach in 2002 at Glens Falls.
 
"I am excited for the opportunity to be the coach of the Rivermen. The combining of schools will be seen as a great decision the administration of all the schools made to enable this great sport to be available for current and future players of the Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, and South Glens Falls school districts. No one should look at this new team as an attempt to erase any ot the great history previously created by the schools. That history remains a part of us and we look forward to writing new chapters as the Rivermen!"
 
Assistant Coach Nick Lavigne
Coach Lavigne joined the Rivermen Hockey team in 2016.  
 
Assistant Coach Doc Miller
 
 

 New York State High School Hockey- HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2002


 Don Miller (Glens Falls, 1985-2001)   


NYSPHSAA Executive Director, Nina Van Erk and NYSPHSAA Assistant Director, Lloyd Mott, honor Coach Miller

during the Ice Hockey State Championships at the Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York, March 2002.

 

Don Miller, affectionately know as "Doc", grew up in the small, central New York town of Clinton,

during the 1950's.  Clinton has a huge hockey past, and was the home of the "Clinton Comets" of

the Eastern Hockey League, from the 1920's through the 1970's.  As a kid, Don played Clinton Youth

Hockey and was known as a "rink rat", who worked at the Clinton Arena in exchange for ice time. 

In high school, he played Varsity Hockey for Clinton Central High School.  After graduating from Clinton

Central in 1962, he attended Delhi College, before transferring to the State University of New York

at Oswego, graduating with a B.S. in 1966.  While at Oswego, Don played Varsity Hockey as a

Junior and Senior.  In 1967, he started his teaching career in the South Colonie School District, before

accepting a position in the Glens Falls School System in 1970.  Don retired from teaching in 2000,

after over 30 years as an educator.

In 1985, Glens Falls High School formed it's first Varsity Hockey Team and Don was asked to head the

program, a position he held for 16 seasons.  He has led his Glens Falls Indians to: a League

Championship, 4 Sectional Championships, 5 Regional Championships, and 2 State Championships. 

And has had numerous former players go on to Collegiate, Olympic, and Professional Hockey.

Don "hung up his skates", as the first Head Coach of the Glens Falls Indians in 2001.  He has an

incredible Combined Record of 252 Wins, 139 Losses, and 7 Ties.  This overall record ranks him

among the top High School Hockey Coaches in New York State.  He is also a member of the

Capital District High School Hockey League's Hall of Fame, and was the leagues Sectional

Coordinator for many years.

Don was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey Hall of Fame, March 2002, for

his dedication to the sport as a truly great coach who has contributed noteworthy service to

New York State high school hockey.

The New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, located in the Lake Placid Olympic

Center's '80 Rink hallway,  recognizes former outstanding Players, Coaches and Teams that have

contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.