Former Massachusetts standout Marcou back with Minutemen as volunteer assistant

Former Massachusetts All-American and career assists leader James Marcou has joined his alma mater as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2016-17 season.

Marcou played for UMass from 2007 to 2010.

“James was a skilled player and an important part of the history of our program,” Minutemen coach Greg Carvel said in a news release. “He’s also shown talent as an aspiring young coach. He brings a unique prospective to our program and we’re excited for James to join us in Amherst.”

Marcou was UMass’ sixth All-American in program history with his AHCA Second-Team nod following his sophomore season (2008-09). His 35 points during the conference campaign tied him for the Hockey East scoring title, the first Minuteman to ever lead the league in points. He finished the year with 47 points on 15 goals and 32 assists. His 32 assists set a then-UMass single-season record, while his 47 points ranked fourth all-time.

“I’m honored to be working under Coach Greg Carvel at my alma mater,” Marcou added. “This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of building a program in Amherst with Ben Barr, Jared DeMichiel and Brennen McHugh. My pride and passion for UMass hockey run deep.”

A two-time All-Hockey East performer and New England Hockey Writers All-Star, Marcou broke his own school record for single-season assists (40) as a junior in 2009-10. Marcou currently ranks No. 4 among UMass’ all-time scorers with 130 points in 111 games played.

Forgoing his senior year, Marcou signed a free agent contract with the San Jose Sharks and played for two and a half seasons before medically retiring.