August 31, 2011

Forton named assistant coach at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Jerry Forton, a 15-year collegiate coaching veteran, has been named an assistant coach for the Harvard men's hockey team.

Forton served as an assistant coach at UMass-Lowell each of the last two seasons, following 13 years on the Niagara staff. At both schools, he worked with both forwards and defensemen, oversaw recruiting efforts, scouted opponents and assisted with game strategy.

"We're excited to be able to add someone of Jerry's character and experience," Harvard coach Ted Donato (Dedham, Mass.) said. "He has done a great job recruiting and developing players, and has helped his teams win numerous league titles and reach the national tournament."

During his tenure at Niagara, Forton helped transform the Purple Eagles from a first-year Division 3 varsity program in 1996-97 to an NCAA Division 1 tournament team in 2000, '04 and '08. Niagara's 1999-2000 squad finished with a 30-8-1 record and reached the NCAA semifinals.

Niagara won four conference regular-season championships and four tournament titles in Forton's time there. The Purple Eagles ranked among the nation's top 20 in six of their 11 Division I seasons and posted Division 1's longest home unbeaten streak in a quarter-century with an 18-game undefeated run.