July 17, 2012

Micheletto tabbed as man to lead Minutemen

By Jesse Connolly

After a month-long search and countless interviews, UMass has finally found its replacement for Don “Toot” Cahoon (Lynn, Mass.). 

UMass AD John McCutcheon (left) introduces new head coach John Micheletto. (Photo: Hockey East)

Director of Athletics John McCutcheon named John Micheletto as the school’s new head coach of the men’s hockey team on Monday. Micheletto, 46, has spent the last nine seasons at Vermont. He made the jump from assistant to associate coach there in 2006.

"After our meetings with John and our consultations with those in the college hockey community, we are thrilled to announce him as our new head coach," said McCutcheon. "John brings a wealth of coaching experience, is a talented recruiter, understands the Hockey East Association, and certainly has a strong familiarity with the UMass hockey program."

During his time at UVM, Micheletto coached or recruited 12 different players that were selected at the NHL Draft. In 2009, he helped coach the Catamounts to an appearance in the Frozen Four. Upon his promotion to associate coach in 2006, he became the program’s director of recruiting.

"I am humbled to be the 13th head coach at the University of Massachusetts," said Micheletto, who will call the shots for the Minutemen after Cahoon’s 12-year run. "When I first started coaching in 1991, I never fathomed that my first head coaching job would come at such a highly-regarded hockey program as UMass."

Prior to joining Vermont’s staff, Micheletto was an assistant coach at Notre Dame from 1999-2003. He held the same position for Union College from 1996-99.

"The University of Massachusetts got a good man today,” Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna said. “I've known John since the days when we were both in the ECAC. He is a quality person with an extensive hockey background. He will do great things in Amherst."

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.