Mike “Scooter” Richetelli has been named to replace Gary Lindgren as Amity boys hockey coach.
Lindgren announced before last season he would be stepping down after the 2016-17 season after coaching the Spartans for 20 seasons. He finished with over 200 wins.
“I am truly honored and humbled to be succeeding Gary,” Richetelli said. “He has been a great mentor, but more than that, he is truly a friend. I have nothing but admiration and respect for who he is and what he has done at Amity. I can only hope to be as successful.
“Our goal is to continue to play with those same qualities, respect for your opponent, and play with class and sportsmanship.”
Richetelli graduated from West Haven High in 1982 where he played hockey for the late and former West Haven boys hockey coach Artie Crouse. He coached West Haven youth hockey at various assistant and head coaching levels from 1981-2009.
Richetelli has been an assistant coach for Lindgren since 1997. He became interim coach in the 2013-14 season while Lindgren was battling and won a bout with cancer.
Richetelli led the Spartans to the 2014 CIAC Division II tournament championship game where they lost 5-4 to Hand. Richetelli was named the 2013-14 New Haven Register All-Area Coach of the Year and SCC Coach of the Year.
He was also named Connecticut High School Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2012-13 season.