August 9, 2013

Around Campus: Todd steps down at Castleton State

By NEHJ staff

Coach Alex Todd went 114-78-21 over his eight seasons at Division 3 Castleton, including at least 15 wins in each of the past three seasons.

Castleton (Vt.) State coach Alex Todd stepped down from his position last month to take an assistant coaching position at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, a Division 1 program.

Castleton associate dean for athletics and recreation Deanna Tyson said a search for Todd’s successor will begin immediately.

“I would like to wish Alex the best as he pursues this next opportunity in his career,” said Tyson. “In eight seasons he brought the program to a level of national prominence, but more importantly helped educate countless young men of high character, of whom the entire college can be proud.”

Todd went 114-78-21 over his eight seasons at Division 3 Castleton, including at least 15 wins in each of the past three seasons. Skating in the sizable shadow of nearby powerhouse Norwich, his teams reached the ECAC East semifinals three times and the championship game once.

Todd produced three ACHA All-Americans, one ECAC East Player of the Year and had numerous graduates go on to play professionally. Off the ice, his teams won the Castleton President’s Trophy for academic excellence among winter teams multiple times, and he had a pair of players earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors this past year.

Greeley tapped by BU

Former Boston University player Steve Greeley (Scituate, Mass.) will return to the program to serve as the associate head coach on first-year head coach David Quinn’s (Cranston, R.I.) staff, as announced by Quinn last month.

Greeley has spent the past seven years as a scout for the Los Angeles Kings organization. “Steve is a bright and well-respected scout in the hockey world and he’ll be a fantastic college hockey coach,” said Quinn.

Greeley started his career with the Kings in 2006 as an NCAA scout before being elevated to a pro scout in 2009. Over the past four seasons he focused on evaluating NHL and AHL players for all trades and free-agent acquisitions. His work was instrumental in helping the Kings claim their first Stanley Cup title in 2012.

Greeley replaces Mike Bavis (Roslindale, Mass.), who resigned after serving on the BU hockey staff for 15 years, including the past four as associate head coach.

Guerriero joins Yale staff

Jason Guerriero, the only Northeastern University player to lead Hockey East in scoring, was named an assistant coach at Yale last month.

Guerriero, who captained the Huskies and was a first-team All-America forward in 2004-05, spent the past two years as an assistant coach at Holy Cross, working with the forwards and penalty-kill units, as well as recruiting, working with video and other aspects of team operations.

Guerriero scored 49 goals and had 147 collegiate points, including a career-high 17 goals and 48 points, as a senior. In addition to the All-America honors, Guerriero was first-team All-Hockey East and won Hockey East’s Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award.

He had a six-year professional hockey career, including two seasons (137 games, 23-52-75) with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. Guerriero also attended training camps with the New York Islanders and the Nashville Predators.

It’s official for Notre Dame

Notre Dame officially ushered in its Hockey East era on July 1, the date that marks the beginning of the new college athletic year.

Last winter, Notre Dame went 25-13-3, winning the final CCHA tournament championship by beating Michigan, 3-1, and losing to St. Cloud State, 5-1, in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Instead of playing three games against each league opponent, this year, the 11 Hockey East members all will play one another twice.

During the past 20 years, Hockey East teams have earned 30 of 80 berths in the Frozen Four while capturing eight NCAA championships: Maine in 1993 and 1999, Boston University in 1995 and 2009, and Boston College in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

“It is not an overstatement to say that this is one of the most significant days in the history of our conference,” said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna (Arlington, Mass.), when the move by Notre Dame was announced in 2011.

UMB gives ‘C’ to Daniel

UMass-Boston announced last month that high-scoring senior forward Travis Daniel will captain the team in 2013-14. Fellow seniors Cam Harvey (Bow, N.H.) and Mark Grinhaus will serve as assistant captains.

UMass-Boston is looking to build on a season that saw it ranked 14th in Division 3 with a 19-6-2 record, advancing to the semifinals of the ECAC East tournament for the first time since 2008-09.

The Beacons finished with the third-ranked offense in the nation. Daniel, the Beacons’ top-line right-winger last year, finished in the top six in the nation in both points per game (1.48) and total points (40), while becoming the first UMB player in 16 years to reach the 40-point mark.

He enters the 2013-14 season just 11 points shy of becoming the 13th member of the program’s 100-point club.

Rocha leads honorees

Atlantic Hockey had 11 players selected as Student-Athletes of the Year for the 2012-13 season, by posting a 4.0 or better GPA during the season.

Outgoing seniors Cheyne Rocha of Army (Rye, N.H.) and Jason Beattie of Niagara will be honored for the second straight season. The two are joined by Nick Campanale, Blake Peake and Chris Porter of AIC; Tyler Hinds, Brandon Denham and Zac Lynch of Robert Morris; and Stephen Miller (Canisius), Jeffrey Reppucci (Holy Cross) and Eric Delong (Sacred Heart).

Ice chips

Ben Smith (Avon, Conn.), a Boston College alum and member of the NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks, stopped by Conte Forum last month with the Stanley Cup to show off to BC coach Jerry York (Watertown, Mass.), players and staff. …

The Norwich University women recently added former standout Sophie Leclerc (Barre, Vt.) to their coaching staff. She replaces Keith Maurice as the full-time assistant coach of the program on the heels of Maurice departing after three years to take an assistant job at Ohio State. …

Dartmouth head coach Bob Gaudet announced last month that Brian Corcoran will assume the role of director of men’s hockey operations. He spent the last 10 years serving as the team’s equipment manager.

This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of New England Hockey Journal.

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