Ex-New Hampshire women’s coach McCloskey indicted on simple assault, criminal threatening

According to Foster’s Daily Democrat, former New Hampshire women’s coach Brian McCloskey has been indicted on three charges of simple assault and one charge of criminal threatening following an incident with a player last fall.

Allegedly, during a Nov. 30 loss to Ohio State, McCloskey said he grabbed the back of the player’s jersey and reprimanded her for talking back and not listening to direction, leading UNH to fire McCloskey for what it deemed “inappropriate physical contact” with the player.

Indictments from the Strafford County Superior Court show McCloskey has been charged with three counts of simple assault for “placing his body on top her body,” as well as pulling backward on her jersey and pushing and/or pulling the cage of her helmet. Each of these charges are Class A misdemeanors with a potential sentence of 12 months in jail and a $2,000 fine. McCloskey’s charge of criminal threatening is for grabbing the victim’s face while shouting that she couldn’t talk to him “like that,” as well as other expletives, also a Class A misdemeanor with the potential sentence as the simple assault charges.

McCloskey has been out on $1,000 bail since June 6 and has been ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family, according to the report. A plea/status hearing is set for Aug. 15.

In a letter to University of New Hampshire board of trustees chair Pamela Diamantis, McCloskey urged school officials to review the process taken by UNH that ultimately led to his termination. He added that in his 27 years as a Division I coach, he has never had a single incident of “inappropriate physical contact” and also asked for a public apology that has never been issued.

McCloskey has since been replaced as UNH’s head coach by Hillary Witt.

Becker names former Utica assistant, player Kelley as first women’s coach

Becker has announced that Eliza Kelley will be the first women’s head coach for the Hawks.

“I am humbled and extremely excited to have the opportunity to begin the women’s ice hockey program at Becker College,” Kelley said in a news release. “Becker has built a reputation of attracting quality student-athletes to its programs and I look forward to growing both that repute and the great game of ice hockey in such a supportive environment.”

Kelley comes to Becker after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Utica, where she also played from 2007 to 2010.

“Eliza Kelley brings experience as both a player and coach at the women’s Division III level,” added Becker director of athletics Frank Millerick. “She has earned the reputation as a relentless recruiter and her winning attitude will help Becker’s women’s ice hockey program come out strong in its first season.”

Rules changes for 2014-15 season approved by NCAA oversight panel

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WCHA referee Scott Bokal works during a Nov. 23, 2012, game in Duluth, Minn. (photo: Jim Rosvold).

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel has given the thumbs-up to a number of changes proposed in June by the Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Rules Committee.

It also approved an option for officials to assess a major penalty for interference to penalize significant contact that occurs away from the head and neck.

That change wasn’t included in initial recommendations made public by the hockey rules committee and has more of a procedural impact in which penalty call is used by referees.

Among the changes are added scenarios for the use of video replay, including on plays where skaters may have been offside or a team had too many players on the ice.

Goals also may be reviewed to determine if they were scored before a penalty occurred, and video from any source available to game officials now may be used. Previously, only video from television broadcasts was allowed.

The other rule changes to be made for the 2014-15 season, according to the NCAA:

Major penalty for interference: To assist officials in properly penalizing significant contact — particularly blindside hits — that is not to the head or neck area, the panel approved the addition of a major penalty for interference.

Hand pass by faceoff player: The players taking a faceoff are no longer allowed to use their hand to play the puck. A violation of this rule will result in a minor penalty, similar to the NHL rule.

Faceoff procedure: During end zone faceoffs, the defending team’s player is required to put their stick down first. Previously, the attacking team was required to do so. Center ice and neutral zone faceoffs will continue to require the visiting team to put their stick down first.

Goal pegs: 10-inch goal pegs that are anchored into the ice or floor must be in place at all NCAA levels by the 2016-17 season.

Faceoff location (offensive scoring opportunity): If the offensive team is attempting to score and the puck goes out of play, the faceoff will remain in the attacking zone.

Faceoff location (high stick/hand pass): In these cases, the ensuing faceoff will be one zone closer to the offending team’s goal.

Penalty shot/shootout: During a shootout or penalty shot, if the goal becomes dislodged by the goalkeeper, the referee can either award a goal (if intentional, or if the goal was obvious and imminent) or allow the team to shoot again.

Penalty shot: If a player who is awarded a penalty shot is injured and unable to take the shot, one of the players on the ice at the time of the infraction will be chosen to shoot.

Look-Up Line: The committee approved the use of a warning-track-style line intended to positively impact safety near the boards. The installation of this line will not be mandatory, but is permissible.

Experimental women’s rule: The panel also approved an experimental rule in women’s ice hockey only to allow the puck to be played legally with a high stick.

Robert Morris coach Schooley gets contract extension through 2019-20 season


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Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley lifts the Atlantic Hockey championship trophy (photo: Omar Phillips).

Robert Morris head coach Derek Schooley has agreed to a four-year contract extension with RMU that will take him through the 2019-20 season.

Schooley was previously under contract through 2015-16.

“We’re delighted to extend Coach Schooley’s contract into the next decade,” RMU athletic director Dr. Craig Coleman said in a news release. “He’s the founder of the program and he has consistently pushed it to higher and higher levels. With him, the NCAA tournament hasn’t seen the last of us.”

Schooley’s overall record of 143-175-45 covers the program’s climb from its inaugural campaign of 2004-05 to its perch as defending Atlantic Hockey conference champion. Last season, the Colonials rebounded from a 2-12-2 start to win 17 of their last 26 games, including a 6-1 run in the AHA postseason tournament.

“I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Coleman and [RMU president] Dr. [Gregory] Dell’Omo for their incredible support of Robert Morris hockey and our student-athletes over the years,” Schooley added. “Their efforts make it possible for our program to achieve the goals we set for ourselves, whether they be on a daily basis or in the form of conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances.”

Although RMU fell to top-ranked Minnesota in the first round of the 2014 NCAA tournament, getting to the round of 16 was a large step for the second-youngest program in Division I.

“I feel very fortunate to have started something very special from the ground up,” Schooley said. “Making the NCAA tournament was very exciting for not only me personally, but for everyone who has been involved in the first decade of RMU hockey.

“It’s hard to believe that we have been in existence for 10 years. It seems like we just started Year 1 yesterday.”

Former North Dakota coach May passes away at 87

Legendary North Dakota coach Dr. Robert May passed away Sunday, July 20, at the age of 87 due to pulmonary fibrosis.

May coached North Dakota during the 1957-58 and 1958-59 seasons and in his second season, led the Fighting Sioux to the first NCAA championship in program history. he went 45-17-2 in his two seasons behind UND’s bench and guided the program to the national championship game both years.

May also played at UND during the 1949-50 and 1950-51 seasons, appearing in 47 games as a defenseman and serving as team captain in his final season. May received his bachelor’s degree from UND in 1951.

“As both a player and coach, Bob May had a major impact on the University of North Dakota hockey program,” current UND coach Dave Hakstol said in a statement. “His contributions truly make him a builder of the success, history and tradition of our program. Beyond hockey, he was highly respected in both his career in dentistry, as well as a tremendous family man. He will be greatly missed.”

May is a dual inductee into the UND Letterwinners Association Hall of Fame, having been recognized in 1981 as an individual and in 2002 with his national championship team. He is also a charter member of the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame and was inducted in 2013.

A colonel in the United States Army, May was a devoted husband for 64 years, grandfather and great-grandfather. He also served a stint as team dentist for the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars, authored four books and invented the first custom-fit mouthpiece. His coaching career also included high school stints in Minnesota at Minneapolis Roosevelt (boys) and Wayzata (girls).

“More than anything, he was a member of UND and carried relationships with many former players and coaches,” said May’s grandson, Dr. Zach Eakman, in an email to the UND athletics department Monday morning. “My grandpa (‘papa,’ as I call him) wore his championship ring from the day he got it until the day he passed.”

No funeral arrangements were announced in the North Dakota press release.

Mercyhurst tabs former Niagara goalie, coach, and Princeton assistant Gardner to men’s coaching staff

Mercyhurst has named Greg Gardner an assistant coach with the Lakers’ men’s team for the 2014-15 season.

Gardner replaces former assistant Peter Aubry, who took a position at Lake Superior State earlier this month.

“We are very excited to add Greg to our staff,” said Mercyhurst head coach Rick Gotkin in a statement. “We would like to welcome him, his wife Lauren, and their family to Mercyhurst University and to our hockey family. He has proven himself as a great student-athlete, a great professional player, and a terrific coach and we are looking forward to everything he will contribute to our men’s hockey program.”

“I want to personally thank Rick Gotkin and [associate head coach] Robert Ferraris for this great opportunity to coach with the Mercyhurst hockey program,” added Gardner. “My family and I are looking forward to making Erie our new home. Mercyhurst has such a great reputation nationally and I am both excited and grateful to be part of the program. I’m looking forward to competing for an Atlantic Hockey championship and NCAA berth this year.”

Gardner spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Princeton, where he was responsible for coordinating and monitoring all aspects of the recruiting process and overall team and individual player development and physical conditioning.

Prior to joining Princeton’s coaching staff, Gardner spent five seasons (2006-11) as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Niagara.

Gardner was a standout goaltender for Niagara from 1996 to 2000, graduating Cum Laude from the school in 2000 with a degree in commerce (marketing concentration) and a minor in psychology. On the ice, he led the NCAA in goals against average during the 1999-2000 season (1.53), setting an NCAA record for shutouts in a season (12) in the process. That year, he was named the CHA player of the year and led the Purple Eagles to the CHA regular-season and tournament titles and an appearance in the NCAA tournament.

After graduating from Niagara, he became the first-ever player signed to an NHL contract by the then-expansion Columbus Blue Jackets. He was also the first player signed to an NHL contract from Niagara.

During his seven-year professional career, Gardner spent time in the American Hockey League, ECHL and in Germany.

New Hampshire women add former Castleton coach Bowes as new assistant coach

New Hampshire announced recently that Bill Bowes has been hired as a new assistant coach for the Wildcats’ women’s program.

Bowes comes to UNH from Castleton, where as head coach he led the Spartans to a single-season high 16 wins last season when Castleton finished as ECAC East runner-up and two student-athletes became the first in program history to receive All-America recognition.

“I am thrilled to accept this position at the University of New Hampshire,” Bowes said in a news release. “I feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity of working with the elite women’s hockey players of the world and the chance to work with two of the best and brightest women coaches (head coach Hillary Witt and assistant Stephanie Jones) in the game today.

“My name is one of the most famous names in UNH coaching history and I have had nothing to do with it. My hope is that I can do my small part to help make the name Hilary Witt as revered and respected as the former UNH football coach.”

Castleton associate dean for athletics and recreation Deanna Tyson praised Bowes for his work at the school.

“Bill guided our women’s hockey program to another level in his three seasons here,” said Tyson in a statement. “Our student-athletes gained national recognition on the ice and excelled in the classroom and the community under his leadership. He will be greatly missed and I wish him all the best at UNH.”

Massachusetts adds former captain Czepiel as director of hockey operations

Former Massachusetts captain Kevin Czepiel has returned to campus as the team’s director of hockey operations.

Czepiel, who served as captain as a senior in 2012-13, played four seasons with the Minutemen and totaled 26 points on seven goals and 19 assists over 128 career games. He enjoyed his finest season in a UMass uniform in his final campaign, posting a career-high eight points (two goals, six assists), while appearing in all 34 games.

“Kevin personifies Massachusetts hockey,” said UMass coach John Micheletto in a statement. “As a player and student here, his work ethic, selflessness, attention to detail and leadership impacted our team. We are lucky to be able to add him to the staff as he will continue to positively influence our program and help propel UMass hockey to great things.”

“I am excited to be a part of UMass hockey program again,” added Czepiel. “I took tremendous pride in wearing the maroon and white when I played here and hope to be part of helping UMass hockey reach new heights in the near future.”

Minnesota’s Guertler leaves school, signs with OHL’s Greyhounds

Minnesota announced Thursday that sophomore-to-be forward Gabe Guertler has been granted his release from the program.

In a related move, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League then confirmed that Guertler had joined their club.

Last season with the Gophers, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native skated in 24 games and tallied five points with two goals and three assists.

“I’m really excited to be a part of the Soo program,” said Guertler in a Greyhounds’ news release. “I think it’s a great opportunity for me to get better as a player. The Soo is a great program and are a top-tier team in OHL. I look forward to getting started.”

NCAA players highlight Canada’s National Women’s Development Team selection camp

Hockey Canada announced Monday the 42 players who have been invited to Canada’s National Women’s Development Team selection camp that will take place Aug. 8-17 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

From the selection camp, Hockey Canada will choose 22 players for a three-game series against the United States Women’s Under-22 Select Team, scheduled for Aug. 21-24 in Calgary.

The selection camp roster includes six goalies, 12 defensemen and 24 forwards.

Player's Name
School (2013-14)
Ali BinningtonGRIT
Anne-Renee DesbiensGWisconsin
Jaimie LeonoffGYale
Amanda LeveilleGMinnesota
Emerance MaschmeyerGHarvard
Kimberly NewellGPrinceton
Erin AmbroseDClarkson
Melissa ChannellDWisconsin
Hayleigh CudmoreDCornell
Shannon DoyleDBoston University
Renata FastDClarkson
Abbey FrazerDHarvard
Halli KrzyzaniakDNorth Dakota
Cassandra PoudrierDCornell
Ashleigh BrykaliukFMinnesota-Duluth
Hanna BuntonFCornell
Jessica CampbellFCornell
Kristyn CapizzanoFBoston College
Meghan DufaultFNorth Dakota
Emily FultonFCornell
Rebecca KohlerFNorth Dakota
Sarah LefortFBoston University
Shannon MacAulayFClarkson
Sarah NurseFWisconsin
Laura StaceyFDartmouth
Samantha SutherlandFBoston University
Blayre TurnbullFWisconsin
Louise WarrenFBoston University
Taylor WoodsFCornell
Shelby Bram *FMercyhurst
Sarah Edney *FHarvard
Cayley Mercer *FClarkson

* – player selected, but unable to attend

In addition, Cara Morey (Princeton) is an assistant coach for the team and Candice Moxley (Buffalo State) is the team’s video coach.

For the camp, Greg Fargo (Colgate) and Britni Smith (Clarkson) are assistant coaches.

Paskaris leaves Adrian to reunite with Fogarty on Princeton’s bench

Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty will have another familiar face with him behind the Tigers’ bench with the announcement Wednesday of Stavros Paskaris as an assistant coach.

Paskaris was an assistant coach at Adrian the past five years under Fogarty, also serving as the Bulldogs’ recruiting coordinator.

“Stavros has shown his capabilities as a recruiter while he was with me at Adrian and I know he will have continued success here at Princeton,” Fogarty said in a news release. “His passion to work with the players on the ice is unmatched and he will be a positive influence on the Princeton hockey program.”

“I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to represent Princeton University,” Paskaris added. “I have full intentions on carrying out the mission of Princeton athletics and look forward to building relationships with current, former and future Tigers alike.”

Prior to joining the Bulldogs, Paskaris spent one season as an assistant coach with the Ohio University ACHA Division I team.

During his playing days, Paskaris played at Wayne State from 2004 to 2008, graduating in the final class the school had for NCAA D-I hockey, and following graduation, he finished out the season with the ECHL’s Dayton Bombers.

Fogarty wants to install up-tempo, creative style at Princeton

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Ron Fogarty was introduced as Princeton’s coach on June 17 (photo: Beverly Schaefer/Princeton Athletics).

Ron Fogarty is settling in nicely at Princeton. Hired by the university as the Tigers’ coach in June, the former Adrian coach felt like he’s going over some familiar ground.

“It’s similar to starting a new program at Adrian,” said Fogarty, 42, in early July. “I’m prioritizing everything, but you can’t do it all in one day or one week.”

He said that he has already made contact with his players and is now getting acclimated to the Princeton environment.

“It’s an immaculate campus,” he said of the storied Ivy League institution in central New Jersey. “The people are the same. They’re genuine and very accommodating, and they made me feel welcome immediately.”

Fogarty succeeded Bob Prier, who resigned in May after three seasons at Princeton. Prier had taken took over from Guy Gadowsky, who left Princeton to start Penn State’s NCAA Division I program after guiding the Tigers to two of the three NCAA Division I Tournament berths in school history.

Fogarty is looking forwarded to putting his own imprint on the Princeton program with an up-tempo, creative, harrying style of play.

“I know our guys are big,” said Fogarty. “I want them to take away time and space, but I also want them to be quick in transition. The offensive system we’ll bring, it will allow the players to create and take chances with the puck.

“I want our players to be in desperation mode from the start and for the duration of the game, and more conservative at the end.”

Though he built Adrian into an NCAA Division III powerhouse from scratch, Fogarty felt the program was in good hands when he decided to become the 17th head coach in Princeton’s long history and also take his first such position at the Division I level.

“The players took ownership in the program, and I was surrounded by great people,” the Sarnia, Ontario, native said of moving on from southeast Michigan. “It’s a great place. I felt very comfortable in leaving, and I feel great about starting the next chapter in my life.”

“Ron was more than just a coach, he was a mentor for all the coaches,” Adrian athletic director Michael Duffy said. “From the day he stepped on campus he brought a sense of pride and determination not only to his team, but the whole department.”

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Ron Fogarty built the Adrian program into perennial Division III contenders (photo: Adrian Athletics).

The Bulldogs went 167-23-10 under Fogarty and earned six league regular season titles, five league playoff championships and four NCAA Division III tournament berths in his tenure. Adrian was the national runner-up in 2010-11, when it lost the championship game 4-3 to St. Norbert, the same school that ousted the Bulldogs in last season’s tournament.

“He set a standard over his time that all programs are trying to reach — that of winning not only conference championships but to be a power at the national level,” Duffy said. “More importantly, he set a standard for his athletes to be great young men not only on the ice, but great young men that gave back to the Adrian and college communities.”

Fogarty has since been succeeded at Adrian by Adam Krug, an original Bulldogs player who starred on its first two teams and also served as captain.

Taking the Princeton job is something of a homecoming for Fogarty, who is no stranger to ECAC Hockey. He played four seasons as a forward at Colgate, where he scored 51 goals and added 90 assists for 141 points between 1991 and 1995 before becoming an assistant coach with the Raiders in 1996-97.

“I have familiarity with the ECAC as a player and a coach,” said Fogarty. “You work with exceptional student-athletes, and the league has grown by leaps and bounds in the perception level, with Union and Clarkson winning the men’s and women’s national championships in 2014, and Yale [men's hockey] the previous year.”

After moving on to Clarkson in 1999-2000, Fogarty later spent four years as an assistant coach at Bowling Green before taking the nascent reins at Adrian in 2007-08. His staff at Princeton will include former Colgate teammate Brad Dexter, who joins the Tigers after a nine-year stint with the alma mater.

“The ECAC is a great coaching fraternity, and I decided to be a part of it again,” Fogarty said.

He’ll have his work cut out for him in Mercer County. Princeton finished 6-26 overall in 2013-14 and wound up last in the ECAC with a 4-18 mark.

Despite losing nine seniors from last year, including top scorers Andrew Ammon and Andrew Calof, Princeton still will return nearly 20 players with college experience, including sophomore goaltender Colton Phinney. The Tigers also will bring aboard nine freshmen.

Besides the usual ECAC slate, the Tigers’ regular season schedule also will feature a late December trip to 2014 NCAA tournament participant Minnesota State, preceded by a post-Thanksgiving series at Hobey Baker Rink against Michigan State.

“I wish Michigan State was on the road this year,” laughed Fogarty of possibly getting back near his previous home. “We’ll see what teams emerge, and we’ll be ready for our schedule. I look forward to coaching and getting better every year.”

Northern Michigan assistant Shawhan leaves Wildcats for same job at Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech announced Monday the hiring of Joe Shawhan as a new assistant coach.

Shawhan replaces Damon Whitten, who left to become the head coach at Lake Superior State in April.

“I’m extremely pleased to welcome Joe to the Michigan Tech hockey program,” said MTU head coach Mel Pearson in a statement. “We took our time to find the right person for this position to ensure our program continues to move forward. We had an outstanding pool of candidates, including first-round NHL Draft picks and Stanley Cup champions. Joe brings with him a wealth of hockey knowledge, not only at the college level, but from his days as head coach in the North American Hockey League. He’s going to be a tremendous asset in recruiting and in working with our goaltending.”

Shawhan was an assistant at Northern Michigan the past six seasons and spent 1995 to 2005 as the head coach and general manager of the Soo Indians of the NAHL, compiling a 474-162-43 record and sending more than 100 of his players on to college hockey.

Joining the Lake Superior State staff in 2005, Shawhan worked three years as assistant coach with the Lakers before moving to Northern Michigan. He spent the 2008-09 season as a volunteer assistant and the 2009-10 campaign as the director of hockey operations before being named assistant coach in 2010.

“I’m excited about this new opportunity,” added Shawhan. “Thanks to Mel, (Michigan Tech athletic director) Suzanne (Sanregret) and all involved. It was a really difficult decision to leave NMU, but this is a great opportunity for me. I like the enthusiasm of the program and am comfortable with Houghton and the Copper Country. I’ve know Mel for a long time and understand how he’s running the program. I’m confident I’ll be able to step in and use my 30 years of experience to help this team.”

Shawhan earned four letters as a goaltender for Lake Superior State from 1983 to 1987.

Boston University alumnus Young returns as director of hockey operations

Former Boston University, U.S. Olympian and NHL standout Scott Young has returned to BU to become the team’s director of hockey operations.

“We feel very fortunate to be adding Scott to our staff,” said Terriers’ head coach David Quinn in a statement. “He obviously has a wealth of knowledge and experience and he’s been a close friend of mine ever since we were teammates here at BU. His career speaks for itself, being a two-time Stanley Cup winner and a three-time Olympian, and he’s very respected in the hockey world.”

Young, who retired from the NHL in 2006, has been the head coach at St. Mark’s School – his alma mater – in Southborough, Mass., for the past four seasons. He won Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh in 1991 and with Colorado in 1996.

An inductee in both the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame and the St. Mark’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Young is one of three Terrier hockey alumni to participate in three Olympiads (1988, 1992, 2002) for Team USA and he captured a silver medal with the 2002 squad in Salt Lake City. He also was a member of the U.S. squad that took home gold at the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

Cornell’s Derraugh will coach Canada’s women’s national team in 2014-15

Cornell women’s coach Doug Derraugh has been picked to be the head coach of Canada’s national women’s team for the 2014-15 season.

Derraugh is expected to miss only a minimal amount of time coaching the Big Red for the national team job, the school announced.

Derraugh has a 170-101-21 record with three Frozen Four appearances in nine seasons at Cornell.

He was an assistant coach for the 2011-12 Canada women’s team that won the IIHF world championship.

Ex-Canisius hockey ops director Walsh named intern coach at U.S. NTDP

Tyler Walsh has been named an intern assistant coach for the U.S. National Under-17 Team, part of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program based in Ann Arbor, Mich., for the 2014-15 season.
Walsh spent 2013-14 as director of hockey operations at Canisius, where he was responsible for the program’s video coordination, travel management and assistance of the Griffins coaching staff. He also compiled scouting reports on opponents. Walsh is the eldest son of Shawn Walsh, former head coach at Maine, grandson of former Lake Superior State, Bowling Green and Michigan State coach Ron Mason and older brother of Michigan State junior Travis Walsh.

Adrian turns to former captain Krug to replace Fogarty

Former Adrian captain Adam Krug has been named to replace Ron Fogarty as the Bulldogs’ head coach.

Krug was assistant coach and associate head coach for the USHL’s Indiana Ice in the last two seasons after a four-year professional career in the U.S. and Europe.

He is just the second head coach in the Adrian program’s history. Fogarty was 167-23-10 in seven seasons leading the Bulldogs before taking the head coaching position at Princeton last month.

The Bulldogs have made the NCAA tournament in four of the last five years and finished as national runner-up in 2011.

Krug’s two years at Adrian — the program’s inaugural season of 2007-08 and 2008-09 — followed two seasons at Wayne State.

As a junior, he led Division III men’s hockey with 2.66 points per game and was named MCHA player of the year. Despite playing only two seasons for the Bulldogs, Krug ranks seventh on the program’s all-time scoring list with 129 points.

“I owe a lot of thanks to former head coach Ron Fogarty,” Krug said in a statement. “He brought me to Adrian College as a player and I am thrilled to be back as his successor. Ron set the standards of Adrian hockey and I will do everything in my power to make sure that those standards are maintained day in and day out. My relationship with him has given me many tools that I will certainly need for this opportunity.”

Last season, Krug helped coach the Ice to the USHL’s Clark Cup championship. The team, however, announced that it would not play in the 2014-15 season and its players were dispersed among other league teams.

Having learned from some skilled coaches, Berard sets off on his own at Holy Cross

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David Berard (left) says he has a vision for Holy Cross that’s aligned with that of athletic director Nathan Pine (photo: Gil Talbot/Holy Cross Athletics).

Two years ago, David Berard got his first taste of being a head coach in college hockey.

The longtime assistant at Providence had held a similar position at Connecticut for just over a full season when longtime Huskies coach Bruce Marshall took a leave of absence from the team just five games into the 2012-13 campaign and later made that decision permanent, resigning on Jan. 6, 2013.

Berard took over for Marshall and guided UConn to a 16-8-3 record the rest of the way, including a spot in the Atlantic Hockey semifinals. That 2012-13 season was the penultimate one for the Huskies in Atlantic Hockey. UConn had already announced its plan to move to Hockey East for the 2014-15 season.

Berard’s success made his case for the permanent job at UConn, and he was a candidate for the position, but in the end the school went with longtime Boston College assistant Mike Cavanaugh.

Berard went back to Providence last season and worked for Nate Leaman, helping to guide the Friars to a 22-11-6 finish and a spot in the NCAA tournament, where Providence lost in the East Regional to eventual national champion Union.

But a few weeks ago, a chance to return to Atlantic Hockey arrived. Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl resigned from his position after 19 seasons and 297 wins, accepting an associate head coach position at Harvard.

Berard applied to fill the open slot at Holy Cross and on June 23, Crusaders athletic director Nathan Pine made the announcement that Berard was coming back to Atlantic Hockey, this time with the “interim” label removed.

“This is a great opportunity and I’m honored,” Berard said a few days later. “First and foremost I want to recognize the job Paul [Pearl] did in his 19 years in Holy Cross. We’re really good friends and seeing him and this team over the years made me appreciate the job that he did. The tradition and culture here, he laid the foundation.”

Berard said he’s not planning an overhaul of the program at Holy Cross, which had a down year in 2013-14 (14-22-3) after a pair of 20-win seasons, but looks to make his mark incrementally.

“We’re not reconstructing anything,” he said. “It’s more putting my touch on things. Holy Cross has emphasized hard work, emphasized discipline. We might do things a little differently — be more aggressive. I might teach some things in a different way.”

Pearl’s Holy Cross teams were known for their defense, and Berard said he plans to build on that.

“Good defense means working hard without the puck, a smothering defense that gets the puck back,” he said. “We’re going to play an aggressive defense. Not too aggressive in our [defensive] zone where you’re 200 feet away, but when we are 100 feet away, a good forecheck to generate turnovers.”

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David Berard takes over a Holy Cross team that was 14-22-3 last season (photo: Gil Talbot/Holy Cross Athletics).

The Crusaders struggled to score at times last season and finished seventh in offense in the AHA for the second straight season, but their new coach said things should improve.

“I’m hopeful,” said Berard. “Last year we had some early injuries to key players and guys returning recovering from injury. We got off to a slow start. Hopefully, knock on wood, we are coming into this season injury-free.

“Once we got healthy and got going we were 10-7-1 after Jan. 17 and can build on that.”

Berard again will be taking the reigns from a longtime coach and working with players he didn’t have a hand in recruiting.

“We’re bringing in big freshman class,” he said. “I believe that talking to Paul and the assistants they tried to address scoring concerns. We have freshman that can add to the offense and support the older guys. We’re going to manufacture goals by supporting each other.

“[Taking over for Pearl] is similar to Bruce [Marshall], replacing guys that have been at an institution for a long time and had some success. They were the face of the program. We’re going to work hard to enhance that winning culture that has already been here, the championships won at Holy Cross and playing in the NCAA tournament.”

Berard said he has the school’s support in continuing that tradition.

“One of the most critical reasons for taking this job was working for [athletic director] Nate Pine,” said Berard. “He wants us competing every year for an AHA championship. We’re aligned and I want those same things and want to have those expectations put on me. With the resources I have and the academic reputation of the school, I think there’s a formula for success at Holy Cross.”

Pearl had changed his recruiting style in recent years, looking more to junior leagues for players instead of bringing in a majority players from New England prep schools.

Berard said he plans to continue with that model.

“I think our best formula is to look at more mature players who come in as 20- or 21-year-old freshmen,” he said. “An older, mature player who may have a better appreciation of what Holy Cross has to offer. We’d be making a big mistake if we think we can go after the very best players in the USHL.

“We can build a culture based on winning that attracts the kind of players who will fit in here.”

His brief previous stint in Atlantic Hockey made Berard aware of the challenges and opportunities he’s going to face.

“Every year the league is more successful,” Berard said. “Being on the other side of it maybe those big programs don’t respect Atlantic Hockey as much as they could. We take those older players who have fallen through the cracks and help them to grow at a place like Holy Cross and become the players that those big programs want but maybe couldn’t see at the time.”

Berard had a long apprenticeship waiting for this opportunity, and he said he’s planning on implementing all he’s learned.

“I was thinking of this driving to the press conference,” he said. “I started with Scott Borek at Colby and then Lake [Superior] State. I worked for Paul Pooley [at Providence] who’s now [an assistant] at Notre Dame. Tim Army is coaching in the NHL. Bruce at UConn. Rick Bennett at Providence when we were there as assistants.

“I’ve been blessed to have my coaching philosophy shaped by some of the best coaches in college hockey. I used my experience at UConn as an interim, running a team yourself and building a philosophy. And then being with Nate Leaman on that great [Providence] team that was nationally ranked, close to getting to the Frozen Four.

“I’ll use all of that experience to help us play the best hockey that we can. I wouldn’t have gotten here without all the people who shaped my coaching philosophy.”

A small but important perk of Berard’s new job is a shorter commute from his home in Rhode Island. Holy Cross’ campus is about a 45-minute drive, but it’s much better than Berard’s daily trek to Storrs when he was at Connecticut.

“Forty-five minutes is an average commute for this area,” he said. “But that commute to UConn was an hour and a half and sometimes up to two hours each way. That was rough.”

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