Thayer Academy names Hymovitz as boys ice hockey coach

After a comprehensive search, Thayer Academy has selected David Hymovitz to lead its boys varsity ice hockey program beginning with the 2022-23 winter season. 

Hymovitz graduated from Thayer Academy in 1992 and was a member of its varsity hockey team for four years before matriculating at Boston College, where he was a four-year student-athlete and communications major. He captained the Eagles program in his senior season. 

“My time at Thayer as a student-athlete was the defining experience in my life, providing a foundation that has proven to be invaluable,” said Hymovitz. “I hope to replicate that same experience for my players so they can realize their potential as students, as athletes, and as lifelong ambassadors of Thayer.”

Hymovitz was inducted into the Thayer Academy Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. As a professional ice hockey player, he was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1992. He played in the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) from 1996-97, in the IHL (International Hockey League) from 1996-99, and in the AHL (American Hockey League) from 1999-2006. He is currently the director of hockey operations for the Boston Jr. Eagles, where he is responsible for the day-to-day management of 37 hockey teams and more than 600 hockey players, boys and girls, ages 6 through 19. He has served as an executive board member of Massachusetts Hockey as well as the Professional Hockey Players Association. In 2022 he received the Massachusetts Ice Hockey Service Award; he was also named the AHL Man of the Year for his community service work during his time with the Binghamton Senators. 

“We are incredibly excited to have David return to our boys varsity ice hockey program as head coach,” said Athletic Director Bobbi Moran, who shared the good news with Academy parents and guardians Tuesday. "He brings a depth of coaching and recruiting experience to our program, including scouting at the NHL level. Throughout the hiring process, David exhibited a commitment to and passion for the future of Thayer ice hockey and a willingness to build our Middle and Upper School programs.” 

Moran said Hymovitz will lead with distinction and complement the girls varsity ice hockey program, which is under the leadership of head coach Brandy Fisher-Bailey. 

“David’s history of community service and player development will build upon the strong foundation of Thayer hockey in the ISL and NEPSAC leagues,” said Moran. 

Moran expressed appreciation to those who contributed to the hiring process. It was through those thoughtful and extensive efforts, she said, that such a hire was possible. 

“We are excited to welcome David back to our Tiger family,” she said.