Tribe Hockey History
In the spring of 1987, Timo Budow ’89 founded Tribe Hockey as an official sport club. After obtaining approval from recreational sports director Denny Byrne, Budow secured start-up funding from the college and started the recruitment process on campus.
With a small but committed group of players, Tribe Hockey began its inaugural season in the fall of 1987 as members of the Virginia Open Hockey League.
In 1995 Christopher Doumas ’97 reignited the program and led Tribe Hockey as it competed in the Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League (ACCHL).
Tribe Hockey entered the 1998-1999 season in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and as a member of the ACCHL.
Then-captain Jonathan Ball ’01 spearheaded a major development in the program's evolution, hiring Tribe Hockey’s first full-time, non-student head coach.
Beginning in the fall of 1998, veteran hockey coach Phillip Morris helped Tribe Hockey become a competitive collegiate program. Nathan Brown was named the team's first assistant coach, focusing on defense and goaltending.
In 1999 Tribe Hockey finished in third place at the Leatherneck Invitational Tournament at the United States Naval Academy.
In the 2000-2001 season, Tribe Hockey went 10-0 for an undefeated regular season and won the Dan Cup Tournament in North Carolina.
Tribe Hockey continued its success the next season, winning the Iceplex league championship in 2002.
Tribe Hockey joined the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference (BRHC) for the 2002-2003 season.
During the 2003-2004 season, Tribe Hockey placed second in the Mary Washington Invitational tournament.
After having coached for more than three decades, including nine seasons at the College of William and Mary, Phillip Morris retired as Tribe Hockey’s head coach in 2007.
Beginning in the 2007-2008 season, Ken Felix, a former assistant coach, became Tribe Hockey’s second head coach in the program's history.
Tribe Hockey finished first in the Atlantic Northeast division during the 2010-2011 regular season, advancing to the BRHC playoffs for the second time in the program's history.
Tribe Hockey defeated Liberty University in the semifinal and The Citadel in the final to win its first BRHC title.
Tribe Hockey alumni twins Will and Judson Payne, inspired by former head coach Phillip Morris, launched the Royal Blueliner Society as the Tribe's official nonprofit booster club and alumni organization.
For the 2011-2012 season, Tribe Hockey placed first in the Atlantic Northeast division of the BRHC, clinching a playoff spot.
In 2012 the BRHC named Ken Felix as the league's Coach of the Year and Tribe Hockey’s goaltender, Ben Huff, as Most Valuable Player.
Since 2007, Tribe Hockey has had 32 players receive Academic All-American honors from the ACHA, including five in 2012.
Since Tribe Hockey joined the BRHC, 10 different players and coaches have been named to the All-BRHC team, also including five in 2012.
The success of the Tribe is due to the support of the players' and coaches' family members and friends; the hard work and dedication of the players, coaches, managers, student officers, scorekeepers, recreational sports directors, and support staff; and the encouragement of the students and administration at the College of William and Mary.
W. Taylor Reveley III, president of the College of William and Mary, as well as his wife Helen, have been the team's biggest fans, attending late evening games, fighting for increased funding, and inviting the team into their home.
Past and present Tribe Hockey players show their appreciation for Jenny Morris and Becky Felix, whose devotion to their husbands and dedication to the team every step of the way will not be forgotten.
Phillip Morris, the uniting force that kept the young Tribe Hockey team together and the man to whom so many players owe their thanks for providing selfless leadership and loyal friendship over the years, died on January 17, 2013.
Ken Felix retired from head coach position after 12 years of leadership with Tribe Hockey. He joined the team as an assistant in 2006 and then served as head coach from 2007 until the end of the 2017-18 season.
Adam Barger became the team's third head coach at the beginning of the 2018-2019 season.