July 29, 2014

Around Campus: Berard takes reins at Holy Cross

By NEHJ staff

A former netminder at Providence, David Berard has more than 20 years of collegiate hockey experience. Photo/Gil Talbot

David Berard was named head coach at Holy Cross during a press conference held in Worcester, Mass., on June 23.

Berard (West Warwick, R.I.) has more than 20 years of collegiate hockey experience, including 16 seasons at his alma mater, Providence College. He also served as the interim head coach at the University of Connecticut for the majority of the 2012-13 season.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to be the next head hockey coach at Holy Cross,” said Berard. “I want to thank (athletic director) Nate Pine for his confidence in me to lead the program into a new era. I am excited to build a championship-level program that attracts talented, hard-working student-athletes who relentlessly pursue academic and athletic excellence.”

Berard assumed the position of interim head coach at UConn on Nov. 5, 2012, after serving as an assistant coach under Bruce Marshall. As interim head coach, he led the Huskies to a 19-10-3 record, including a 14-7-3 mark in Atlantic Hockey Association play.

He also had three different stints on the hockey staff at Providence, for a total of 16 seasons. He was most recently the Friars’ coordinator of hockey operations in 2013-14, overseeing all aspects of video breakdown for in-game analysis and opponent scouting.

Previously, he was an assistant coach at Providence from 1994-96 and 1998-2011.

Between his first two stints at Providence, Berard served as the top assistant coach at Lake Superior State for two years from 1996-98. He served as recruiting coordinator during his time with the Lakers, while helping the team to an overall record of 34-32-9.

A goaltender in his playing days at Providence, Berard was a member of one of the most successful classes to wear a Friars uniform, amassing a total of 87 wins over their four-year career.

Tolan gets Endicott nod

Former Wentworth coach and UMass-Lowell player R.J. Tolan (Waltham, Mass.) was named head coach last month at Endicott (Mass.) College, which will transition to the Division 3 level in 2015-16 after one more year as a club program.

The varsity status comes in conjunction with a new ice arena on campus that is slated to open in the summer of 2015. The Gulls will compete in the ECAC Northeast conference.

Tolan arrives at Endicott with 11 years of coaching experience, the last eight at Wentworth, where his winning percentage was .624, the best in program history.

He led the team to two ECAC Northeast titles in 2011-12 and 2012-13 and an NCAA quarterfinal appearance in 2011-12.

Prior to Wentworth, Tolan coached in the Division 1 and 2 ranks as an assistant at Northeastern and Bentley.

DWC tabs McCambly

Eric McCambly has been named head coach of the new Daniel Webster (N.H.) College men’s program, director of athletics Chris Gilmore announced last month.

McCambly (Nashua, N.H.) returns to his hometown, where he was a standout player at perennial power Bishop Guertin High School, graduating in 1990.

McCambly, who began his duties immediately, served as head coach and director of hockey operations at SUNY-Canton for six years (2007-13), guiding the program from the junior college level to ACHA Division 1 and finally to it first transitional season as a Division 3 independent.

Over that span, his programs compiled an overall record of 115-40-5, which included five consecutive winning seasons, resulting in three ACHA national championship tournament appearances plus a pair of conference regular-season and tournament titles.

After his Bishop Guertin days, he moved on to play four years at Norwich University. He compiled 32 goals and 28 assists for 60 points in 82 career games.

Curry joins BU Hall

Former standout goalie John Curry was one of six new inductees into the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame, whose 50th induction ceremony was held recently.

Arguably the best goaltender in program history, Curry holds the program records for career goals-against average (2.07) and career save percentage (.923). He backstopped the Terriers to the 2006 Hockey East title and was named the 2007 Hockey East Player of the Year after a dominant season between the pipes that saw him become one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

He was also one of the best performers in the history of the Beanpot, going 5-0 in the tournament while leading the Terriers to three straight titles.

BC’s Billett on the run

Boston College senior goaltender Brian Billett (Kennebunk, Maine) ran the Great Hyannis Johnny Kelley Half Marathon recently, raising awareness and money for the Michael T. Goulet Foundation.

Based in Maine, the foundation’s mission is to provide funding for research and education to help improve the lives of patients and families affected by traumatic brain injuries and epilepsy disorders. It was founded in honor of Michael Goulet, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2003 and passed away in 2010 from complications of a grand mal seizure.

Carpenito returns to NU

Northeastern women’s coach Dave Flint (Merrimack, N.H.) announced the hiring of Nick Carpenito as an assistant coach last month.

A 2011 graduate of Northeastern, Carpenito returns to his alma mater after spending time on the women’s coaching staffs at Elmira College and Union College.

This article originally appeared in the July edition of the New England Hockey Journal. Click here to read the digital edition for free.

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