As first indicated here last Friday, Tim Whitehead has officially been hired as head coach at UMass-Lowell.
Whitehead was strongly endorsed by outgoing coach Bruce Crowder, and also received support of many fans and media personalities.
Whitehead, 35, was an assistant for five years at UMass-Lowell, and will fill the position vacated when Crowder jumped to Northeastern last month. Whitehead also served as an assistant at Maine in 1990-91 and at Middlebury from 1988-90.
Whitehead will inherit a River Hawks club that went 26-10-4 last season, finishing second in Hockey East. They went all the way to the NCAA Quarterfinals, where they lost to eventual runner-up Colorado College.
However, Whitehead will have his work cut out for him. His team is reeling from graduation and the early departure of defensive mainstay Ed Campbell.