Connecticut promotes assistant Souza to associate head coach

Connecticut announced on Thursday that Mike Souza has been promoted to associate head coach.

Souza joined UConn prior to the 2013-14 season as an assistant as part of Mike Cavanaugh’s first coaching staff.

“Mike’s extensive playing experience and coaching skills continue to enhance our program,” said Cavanaugh in a statement. “He was an integral part of our success competing in our first year in Hockey East and will continue to be a key part of the growth of this program.”

“The University of Connecticut is a special place and I consider myself lucky to be a member of its community and to work with our student athletes,” added Souza. “The university and its administration have been so supportive of our ultimate goal of winning a championship. I hope to continue to be able to help facilitate making that goal a reality.”

Since his arrival in Storrs, Souza has assisted with all aspects of the program with his primary focus on the ice in coordinating the UConn power play while off the ice, directing the team’s recruiting efforts.

Prior to coming to joining the Huskies, Souza was an assistant coach at Brown. A graduate of New Hampshire, Souza was a four-year member of the Wildcats’ hockey program from 1996 to 2000, captaining the team his senior year.

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