Swallow leaves Nichols for head coaching gig at University of New England

Kevin Swallow, seen during his playing days at Maine, is the new head coach at the University of New England (photo: Melissa Wade).

The University of New England announced the appointment Wednesday of Kevin Swallow as its new men’s head coach.

Swallow comes to UNE from Nichols, where he was head coach for three seasons. During his tenure at Nichols, he led the Bison to a 55-20-7 record and consecutive ECAC Northeast championships.

Prior to his tenure at Nichols, Swallow served as assistant coach at Neumann for the 2011-12 season.

“The entire University of New England community welcomes Kevin Swallow to our men’s ice hockey program and the Department of Athletics,” associate vice president and director of athletics Jack McDonald said in a statement. “Kevin has demonstrated excellent success in building a Division III program, as well as earning bids to the NCAA tournament. I am very confident that our student-athletes will flourish under Kevin’s coaching, leadership and mentoring.”

Swallow graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business management from Maine in 2010. He was the team’s Unsung Hero in 2010 and was also a Hockey East Academic First Team All-Star. He began his collegiate career at Dartmouth and finished his career with 45 points (14 goals, 31 assists) over 121 games.

“I am extremely excited to be taking over the University of New England men’s hockey program,” Swallow added. “The team is on the verge of greatness and with everything UNE has to offer, I feel like the sky is the limit for the program. I plan to instill the same culture and philosophies we had at Nichols and our student-athletes will be expected to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives.”

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