Club Staff

Scott Hyers
Head Coach

Head coach Scott Hyers enters his scond season as head coach of Ice Hockey at UCSB, and offers a history of successful hockey leadership, participation, and coaching in Santa Barbara and Goleta. Scott is a native of the Santa Barbara area, born to a single mother from Germany. Scott started hockey at the age of four, which gave him an area to shine. He enjoyed the camaraderie, competition, and the direction given to him by coaches.

Scott coached and gave private lessons into his 20s, until a move out of state put his hockey involvement on hold.

Scott returned to Santa Barbara in the year 2008, when he started playing again in earnest. He also started Hyer Level Hockey Skills, giving coaching and lessons to youth roller hockey players.

With Ice in Paradise opening, Hyers quickly joined the team of clinic coaches, refereed adult league games, and coached kids teams. He currently is the head coach of the 12U Ice Hawks travel team. Why coach youth? Because Hyers is thrilled to be a part of people realizing their potential, becoming stronger players, and growing to take on challenges as players both on the ice and off.

Scott is married to his wife Jill and enjoys  surfing, motocross, and spending time with his family.

Ben Brecher
Assistant Coach
Faculty Advisor

Benjamin Brecher enters his second season as assistant coach for the Gauchos, and is an Associate Professor of Music at UCSB. An operatic tenor, he has gained great acclaim for his performances on the opera and concert stage.  Brecher has performed more than 50 operatic roles, specializing in the lyric tenor repertoire.

A native of Ohio, he began skating at 6 as a figure skater touring participating in productions in the mid-west. His passion quickly changed to hockey and the goalie position. He grew up in a music loving home, beginning his training in classical guitar and trumpet. As a music major and hockey player at Bowling Green State University, he discovered singing to be his path, and began participating in operatic apprentice programs around the county.

At Central City Opera, he was mentored by conductor John Moriarty, who invited him to the New England Conservatory where he earned a Master’s degree under Ed Zambara. Brecher followed Zambara to The Juilliard School, where he joined the Juilliard Opera Center. After making his professional debut with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in Britten’s Billy Budd, he began winning engagements in the United States and abroad.

He has performed numerous roles with The New York City Opera, appearing in their productions of Il Viaggio a Reims, The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute, L'enfant et les sortilèges, Carmen and the New York premiere of Central Park. In 2000, Brecher performed as soloist in A Celtic Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony, and went on to perform that concert with more than 40 orchestras in North America. An active recording artist, Brecher can be heard on more than a dozen releases, including The Barber of Seville with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Candide in Rome and two PBS concerts from Carnegie Hall: Ira Gershwin at 100 and The Music of Lerner and Lowe. Brecher’s newest CD Forgotten Liszt, will be released in October 2016 on MSR Classics.

He continues his rigorous performing career in balance with his UCSB position. He lives with his wife Lauré, and their two daughters, Audrey and Kate in Santa Barbara.

Steve Henize
Assistant Coach

Second year Ice Hockey at UCSB assistant coach Steve Henize was born and raised in North Andover, Massachusetts. He grew up surrounded by the game of ice hockey, and eventually became a promising young player.

Henize was taken in the third round, 60th overall, in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He would play three seasons at Boston College. After being named to the All-Hockey East Rookie Team in 1988-89, he would become a member of the prestigious “HEM” line with teammates David Emma and Marty McInnis. The trio would finish one-two-three in scoring in the 1989-90 Hockey East scoring race. He would go on to be named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team in 1989 as well as to the All-Hockey East First Team in addition to All-American honors.

Henize made his NHL debut with Boston in the 1991-92 season, and would play a total of 694 games in the league plus 69 playoff games for the Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres, and Los Angeles Kings before retiring after the 2003 season.  In total, he scored 178 goals and 158 assists for 336 points to accompany 379 penalty minutes. Henize also would represent his country on the 1992 U.S. Olympic team.

Today, Henize serves as a board member of Ice in Paradise as well as a Board Member and Coaching Advisor to the Santa Barbara Minor Ice Hockey Association. He recently just won his first significant coaching title, guiding the Santa Barbara Royals to the inaugural Los Angeles Kings High School Hockey League last season. He was named coach of the year.

Henize has resided in Santa Barbara since 2004 along with his wife Lori and their four children, Caden, Gage, Eli, and Sadie.

Eric Evelhoch
Communications Director
Broadcast Play-by-Play

Eric enters his third season as play-by-play voice of the Gauchos, and 14th year as a broadcaster.

Evelhoch is also the road play-by-play voice for the UCSB women's basketball team. He has worked in Ventura County as a broadcaster and sports journalist for the past nine years; in addition to hockey, he has called play-by-play for football, basketball, baseball, and soccer. Eric is also public address announcer for UCSB baseball, working with the program for the past three seasons, while adding men's and women's soccer, and water polo PA for the 2017-18 year.

A hockey fan for over twenty years since growing up outside of Detroit, Michigan, Evelhoch also serves as a non-staff freelance writer for the Ventura County Star and Santa Barbara News Press. He has covered college and high school football, soccer, and basketball, as well as the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. Co-host of the Left Coast Hockey podcast, Eric is a passionate sports fan, won a pair of national championships as a parliamentary debater in college, enjoys following politics and current events, long car rides, camping, and attending live events.

Kyle Nicolas
Communications Manager
Broadcast Color Analyst

Kyle is in his third season as color analyst for the Gauchos, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge of both the sport of hockey, and the school itself to the team's media staff.

Kyle attended UC Santa Barbara from 2008-12, graduating with a degree in Film and Media Studies. While in school, Kyle played for the university's roller hockey club for four years, including serving as a captain of one of the program's "B" squads for two seasons.

Overall, Kyle has played organized hockey for nearly 20 years, making the game one of his lifelong passions. In addition to his work with the team, he is a co-host of the popular Left Coast Hockey podcast and contributor to the blog. In addition to hockey, his hobbies also include soccer (both playing and watching), cars, board and video games, model aviation, and catching Pokemon.

Susan GoodaleSusan Goodale | Faculty Advisor
Team Advisor

Susan Goodale holds the title of Senior Director of Regional Giving at UC Santa Barbara and serves as a staff co-adviser to Ice Hockey at UCSB.

To ensure Ice Hockey at UCSB's success off the ice, she serves as the team resource pertaining to campus business practices and facilitates communication between team leadership, Ice in Paradise rink management, the coach(es), the team's digital media staff, and UCSB Office of Student Life.

In her professional role as a Development Officer for UC Santa Barbara, Goodale is pleased to discuss the various philanthropic opportunities that provide important support for and help advance the excellence of Ice Hockey at UCSB. By understanding one's specific giving interests, she can help design a gift that will impact Ice Hockey at UCSB and its student athletes in a way most meaningful to the donor.

If you wish to become a donor to Ice Hockey at UCSB for this season and seasons going forward, Susan can be reached via email at or by phone at (805) 893-3530.