BOSTON — Joe Mallen has resigned as head coach at UMass-Boston to accept a job as head hockey coach at Middlesex School in Concord, Mass., where he will also work full-time in the admissions office.
Last season, the Beacons were 4-18-3 season, including 3-14-2 in the ECAC East.
That followed a 4-17-3 record last season, Mallen’s first, which was a large dropoff from 1999-2000 when UMass-Boston went 13-12-0.
“It was strictly a family decision,” Mallen said. “I’ve spent 24 years in college hockey. It was a great run and I have some wonderful memories, but this decision wasn’t based on wins and losses.
“It’s the perfect move at the perfect time for my family.”
Mallen has three children, ages 13, 11, 5. Benefits of the position include free tuition for any of his children who attend the grade 9-12 school.
There are plans to build a new rink, according to Mallen.
Mallen, 46, returned to UMass-Boston, the place where his head coaching career began, after being fired from his job at UMass-Amherst following the 1999-2000 season. Mallen was UMass-Amherst’s first coach upon return to Division I play in 1992-93, and went 77-144-18 in seven seasons.
Mallen is the winningest coach at UMass-Boston, and was 80-46-2 there during his first five-year stint. He won an ECAC Division III championship in 1981-82 when he led UMass Boston to a 24-3 record. The Beacons made the transition to Division II in 1982-83, and advanced to the ECAC Division II playoffs the following season.
In between his head coaching stints, Mallen was an assistant at U.S. International, and an assistant at Boston College for seven seasons.