Ryan Soderquist
Ryan Soderquist
Title: Head Hockey Coach
Phone: 781-891-2492
Email: rsoderquist@bentley.edu

Ryan Soderquist enters his 13th season behind the bench at his alma mater Bentley University in 2014-15.

A two-time Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year, most recently for the 2011-12 season, Soderquist is the winningest and longest tenured coach in program history.

Under Soderquist's guidance the Falcons had an impressive 2013-14 season, winning 19 games overall to equal the program Division I record. In Atlantic Hockey play Bentley won 16 games and finished in second-place, its best ever finish. Furthermore, the Falcons notched signature wins over Boston University at Agganis Arena and Holy Cross at Frozen Fenway. The team also reeled off a program Division I record nine-game unbeaten streak, which resulted in receiving votes in the USCHO Division I poll.

During his tenure, Soderquist has built the Falcons from a Division I program that debuted in 1999 to one that competes at the top levels of Atlantic Hockey and the NCAA. In five of the last six seasons, his Falcons have gone on the road to defeat a Hockey East opponent.

Soderquist earned his second AHA Coach of the Year honor 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 the AHA, and improved by 10 points and four places in the conference standings from the previous season.

As a result of his AHA Coach of the Year Award, Soderquist was named a finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award for a second time, given to the NCAA Hockey Coach of the Year.

Soderquist 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 first place on the program’s all-time career wins list. Soderquist begins the 2014-15 season with 156 career wins.

During the 2009-10 season, Soderquist led Bentley to the Toyota UConn Classic title, defeating No. 15 UMass in the finals 4-1. That was the highest ranked team Bentley has beaten, and the program's first tournament championship in either regular season or postseason play.

Soderquist earned his first AHA Coach of the Year Award for the 2008-09 season after leading the Falcons to arguably their finest campaign ever. Picked to finish ninth in the AHA Preseason Poll, they went 19-17-2, a 10-win turnaround from 2007-08. That improvement was the biggest in Atlantic Hockey and the third biggest in Division I hockey. 

In his fourth 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.

Soderquist's players have received 16 Atlantic Hockey All-Conference honors and 10 All-Rookie honors. Three of his players have been named the AHA Rookie of the Year (Andrew Gladiuk 2013, Alex Grieve 2012, Erik Peterson 2008).

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 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 second 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, reside in Woburn with their 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

Totals

156

222

49

130

148

44

 

 

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