Citing a career change, New Hampshire assistant Tortorella leaves the Wildcats’ bench

New Hampshire announced Wednesday that associate head coach Jim Tortorella will leave his position to pursue a career opportunity outside of hockey.

Tortorella will serve as chief operating officer at the Foundation House in Portland, Maine. The Foundation House homes provide support for residents in their recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction.

Starting his collegiate coaching career at UNH as an assistant coach for the 1993-94 season, Tortorella then spent 17 years at Colby before returning to UNH in 2011-12.

“Jim has been a tremendous asset to the program during his time here,” said New Hampshire head coach Dick Umile in a statement. “He has decided to make a career change and I wish nothing but the best for him and his family.”

“My time at UNH has given me the opportunity to work with some of the best athletes in the country and with some of the best people,” added Tortorella. “From administrators to the coaching and support staffs, working here has always been special to me. To be able to come back for three years and have some impact on the direction of the program has meant a lot to me and it will be missed.”