Michael Doneghey has been named head coach of Fairfield, replacing Peter LaVigne, who stepped down after one season.
“I am very excited about coming to Fairfield University,” said Doneghey. “Fairfield is an established program and I hope to keep building on the school’s hockey tradition.”
Doneghey, a 1993 graduate of Merrimack, comes to Fairfield after spending last season as an assistant coach with New Hampshire. He helped the Wildcats earn a share of the Hockey East regular-season championship and a bid to the NCAA tournament. Previously, he served as an assistant coach with Division III Hamilton College for one season after playing professionally in France from 1993 to 1995.
“I feel fortunate to have a coach with Michael’s experience take over our ice hockey program,” said Eugene Doris, Fairfield’s Director of Athletics. “He has achieved success as a player and as a coach both on the collegiate and international levels. His experience will be a valuable asset to our student-athletes.”
Fairfield, a Division I Independent playing in the ECAC South, will join the newly-established Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference next season. The Stags were 13-12-1 last season, including 9-4-1 in ECAC South play.