Commissioner - Robert M. DeGregorio, Jr.

Robert M. DeGregorio, Jr., was introduced as College Hockey America's commissioner on September 9, 2010. He will oversee the five members of the league to include, Mercyhurst College, Niagara University, Robert Morris University, Syracuse University, and Wayne State University. 

DeGregorio is no stranger to guiding a major Division I ice hockey league, having served as commissioner of Hockey East from 1993-96, as he replaced Stuart P. Haskell, who resigned to devote full-time energies to his position as Commissioner of the North Atlantic Conference. DeGregorio then became the commissioner for Atlantic Hockey's in June 30, 2003 and has made the league grow stronger through-out the years since he started.

  The former treasurer and Executive Council member of Hockey East, DeGregorio also oversaw the elevation of Merrimack's men's hockey program from Division II to Division I status in 1989, where it now competes as a member of Hockey East.

"I think that this is a great opportunity," DeGregorio said. "I look forward to working with all of the athletic directors and head coaches in the league. We hope to make (College Hockey America) one of the strongest Women's leagues in Division I ice hockey in the near future."

DeGregorio, the former Director of Athletics at Merrimack College for 19 years, joined the staff at Merrimack as business manager for the Athletic Department and for the College's S. Peter Volpe Physical Education Center in 1978.

He was promoted to Director of Athletics in May of 1983. Throughout his tenure, many of the Warrior teams become national powers. The 15-sport Division II program reached its pinnacle in 1999-2000 when it captured the Northeast-10 President's Cup, awarded for the top overall performance of all teams. DeGregorio was also Merrimack's softball coach from 1982-1992, posting 211 victories in ten seasons and guided the Warriors to four Northeast-10 Conference titles. He was named Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year three times (1986, 1989, 1992). The Warriors won the 1994 Division II National Softball Championship and the softball program has a total of five appearances in the national championship tournament.

Although winning is always a goal, DeGregorio has constantly recognized and encouraged success in the classroom as well as community involvement. This was evidenced in July, 2001, when the first USA TODAY/NCAA Foundation Academic Achievement Awards were announced. Out of the 264 Division II schools in the country, Merrimack ranked second with an impressive student-athlete graduation rate of 86 percent.

DeGregorio has sat on numerous committees and held many posts while at Merrimack serving his institution nationally on various NCAA committees. He He was a member of the NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Committee from 1994-98. Degregorio served as director on the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) Board of Directors, Chairman of the NE-10 Men's Basketball Championship and the NE-10 Finance Committees. He was a member of the NCAA Northeast Region Advisory Committees for both men's basketball and baseball.

DeGregorio also previously served as a director of the Eastern Football Conference and as the conference's treasurer, member of the ECAC Finance Committee and chairman of the ECAC Investment Committee. He was also on the executive council for the ECAC and Vice-President in 1995.

A resident of Winthrop, Mass., where he resides with his wife Michele, DeGregorio graduated from Boston State College in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in education. Bob has two children, Leah and Robert Michael III.

Steffan Waters - Director of Communications

Steffan Waters is entering his first season as the Director of Communications for the Atlantic Hockey Association and College Hockey America.

Waters, a 2013 graduate of Elmira College, joins the AHA/CHA after spending the last two years at his alma mater as a graduate assistant in the Department of Sports Information while also obtaining his Master's Degree in General Management. As a Sports Information Assistant, he assisted in covering and promoting all 19 varsity sports teams at Elmira and was the primary contact for men's and women's tennis, women's soccer, and men's and women's basketball. His responsibilities included creating game programs and game notes, writing season previews, season wrap-ups, and post-game recaps, and promoting Elmira College Athletics through social media.

Waters shared coverage of Elmira's nationally-ranked women's ice hockey team during his two-year stint with Director of Sports Information Don Sherman, being primarily responsible for producing the team's media guide, record book, and other publications and releases throughout the season. He had the privilege of traveling to Plattsburgh, NY for the 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Tournament championship game between Elmira and Plattsburgh State.

As an undergraduate student at Elmira, Waters was a four-year member of the men’s tennis team and served as captain for his final two seasons. He left Elmira third on the college’s all-time wins list and was named the 2012 Player of the Year. 


Supervisor of Officials - Eugene Binda

Gene Binda is in his third year as the College Hockey America's supervisor of officials. 

Binda will be responsible for the coordination of officials for College Hockey America, which includes the assignment of officials, continuous improvement of officiating, acting as a liaison between coaches, officials, and the league, and serving as a mentor to current and prospective College Hockey America, officials. He has also acted as a referee for the ECAC at the Division-II and Division-III level since 1988, and has served as a linesman for Hockey East.


As a coordinator, Binda holds the title of Referee-in-Chief of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL), Empire Junior Hockey, Eastern Hockey Federation and Mass Selects Hockey Leagues. Binda also works seminars for referee development for Mass. Hockey.

An employee of the Boston Globe for 33 years as a pressmen journeyman, and has since retired. Binda also spends time as an educator for the Graphic Communication International Union, traveling to different sites all over the country. Binda received a bachelor's degree in labor studies from UMass Boston in 1998, and a master's from UMass Amherst in 2002 in the Union Leadership Program.

He and his wife Debby reside in Weymouth, Mass. They have two grown children, a son Eugene Jr., who referees in the American Hockey League, and daughter Dorina.