A four-year letterwinner at Canisius, Joe Rautenstrauch is in his second season on the Canisius coaching staff and his first as an assistant coach.
Rautenstrauch served as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2014 campaign, working directly with the team’s faceoff unit and goaltenders. The Griffs won 59.6 percent of their restarts under his guidance with Tim Edwards placing first in the MAAC and eighth nationally at 61.1 percent, while netminder Alex Govenettio increased his save percentage by 11.1 percent during the 2014 season.
A Buffalo native, Rautenstrauch enjoyed a breakout season at Canisius during his senior campaign in 2013. He played in all 13 games and ranked second on the team with 27 points on 18 goals and nine assists. Primarily a defensive midfielder during his first three seasons at the College, Rautenstrauch appeared in 39 career games with 32 points, 18 goals, 14 assists and 63 ground balls, helping lead the Griffs to the MAAC Championship in 2012.
Rautenstrauch earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2013 and his master’s in sport administration in 2014.