Sacred Heart Snares Longtime Yale Assistant Marottolo

C.J. Marottolo is getting his chance at a head coaching position after 13 seasons at Yale.

Sacred Heart named Marottolo its fourth head coach Thursday, filling a vacancy created when Shaun Hannah resigned last month.

“It is an honor and privilege to be named the next head hockey coach at Sacred Heart University,” Marottolo said in a news release. “Sacred Heart’s commitment to excellence in the classroom, on the athletic fields and giving back to the community are three defining attributes that attracted me to this great university.”

Marottolo, a North Haven, Conn., native was on the Yale men’s hockey staff for 13 seasons and helped the Bulldogs reach the NCAA Tournament twice, including the 2008-09 season. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2003.

While at Yale, he recruited four All-Americans, nine All-ECAC Hockey selections and four Ivy League rookies of the year.

“C.J. Marottolo has a wonderful reputation in the collegiate hockey world,” Sacred Heart athletic director Don Cook said. “His 13 years at Yale as associate head coach have prepared him well for his new appointment as head coach here. C.J. inherits a quality program from Shaun Hannah, who for 13 years worked tirelessly to create a solid infrastructure on and off the ice in the classroom, and in the community.

“In the best tradition of Tim Taylor, his longtime mentor at Yale and former Olympic coach, C.J. emerged from a quality pool of candidates as a perfect fit to move the Sacred Heart men’s ice hockey program forward to even greater success within the Atlantic Hockey Association and beyond.”

Marottolo played at Northeastern, graduating in 1989, then served as player-coach for the Hockey Club of Metz, France before becoming an assistant coach at Trinity College.

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