Blaise MacDonald Named New Men's Hockey Coach At Colby - UMass Athletics

Blaise MacDonald Named New Men's Hockey Coach At Colby

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After spending one season with the UMass hockey program, assistant coach Blaise MacDonald has been hired as the new head coach for the men's hockey program at Colby College.

From Colby College's release:

Blaise MacDonald, who has Division I head coaching experience and has won national championships as a player and an assistant coach, was named Friday as the new head coach of men's hockey at Colby College.

MacDonald is the former head coach of Niagara University and University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He helped Boston University to a national championship at the NCAA Frozen Four in 1995 as an assistant coach. MacDonald, a 1985 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, led RIT to NCAA Division II titles in 1983 and 1985.

"I am thrilled to welcome Blaise MacDonald and his family into the Colby family," said Marcella Zalot, Colby's Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. "Blaise is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in building high-caliber programs. He will be a great addition to our staff and to the greater Colby community. I look forward to great success under Blaise's leadership."

The Billerica, Mass., native was recruited by Colby as a high school student-athlete, but had never been on campus until his job interview.

"What a tremendous community and a beautiful campus," MacDonald said. "The people that I met were so genuine, authentic, and caring."

MacDonald is the 18th head coach in program history since men's hockey was started at Colby in the 1922-23 academic year.

"It's very humbling to me to know that someone like Jack Kelley was the head coach at Colby," MacDonald said. "Then you have Charlie Holt and more recently Jim Tortorella. I've known Jim for a long, long time and his values and beliefs (in coaching) are a very succinct match with what I believe in."

The hiring was also covered by several media outlets:
MassLive.com - Former UMass hockey assistant Blaise MacDonald calls time at UMass 'amazing'
USCHO.com - Former Niagara, Mass.-Lowell coach MacDonald hired to guide Colby
Daily Hampshire Gazette - Blaise MacDonald headed to Colby

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