UNH adds ex-Colby coach Tortorella as associate head coach

New Hampshire has announced the hiring of Jim Tortorella as associate head coach.

Tortorella, who comes to New Hampshire after a 16-year stint as head coach at Colby College, replaces former associate coach David Lassonde, who was recently named the assistant coach at Denver.

“I’m extremely excited to bring Jim Tortorella on staff,” UNH head coach Dick Umile said in a press release. “Jim brings immense experience and is one of the most well-respected coaches in college hockey. I worked with Jim in 1993-94 and it’s great to bring him back on staff after his successes at Colby. Jim’s experiences make him the perfect fit for this job and will be a big asset to UNH men’s hockey.”

In addition to Colby, Tortorella was also an assistant coach for both the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 United States World Junior teams. He serves as the director of player development for the USA Hockey affiliates of New England for six years and was elected president of the American Hockey Coaches Association in 2001 and in 2005 was selected as vice president of the AHCA’s Hockey’s Coaches Care Charitable foundation.

A former standout goalie at Maine, Tortorella was a finalist for the 1996, 2006 and 2008 national Division III coach of the year honors.