Former Salem State goalie LaCour hired as new coach at Johnson and Wales

James LaCour has been hired as the new head coach at Johnson and Wales.

LaCour is the fifth head coach in the program’s 23-year history and replaces Erik Noack, who left earlier this offseason to take a similar job at Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

“We are excited to have James join our staff as our head men’s ice hockey coach,” J & W director of athletics Jamie Marcoux said in a news release. “He has worked with some excellent hockey programs and coaches in his tenure as an assistant. He has tremendous knowledge, a genuine excitement and love for the game and is ready to take over the reins for the Wildcats.”

This past season, LaCour worked on the staff at Bemidji State as the Beavers’ goaltending coach and prior to coaching at Bemidji State, LaCour spent three seasons on the staff at Williams.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to be part of the Johnson and Wales community,” LaCour added. “With their commitment to growth and the student-athlete experience, it is an exciting time. I look forward to leading the men’s ice hockey program as we grow and compete in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.”

LaCour played four seasons between the pipes at Salem State University. He amassed a 20-8-2 record with a career 2.55 GAA. His senior year, he helped the Vikings to an 18-7-2 record and a runner-up finish in the MASCAC tournament. He played one year professionally in France.