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The 2006 graduate of the University of Vermont will begin his first season as an assistant coach of the Minutemen this fall.
After three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, 2006 University of Vermont graduate Joey Gasparini joined the UMass hockey staff as an assistant coach in 2012. Gasparini begins his fourth season with the Minutemen in 2015-16 alongside former UVM colleague and current UMass head coach John Micheletto.
Gasparini is responsible for overseeing UMass' forward group, from in-game management to daily skill development and works with the Minutemen's power play unit. Under his guidance, UMass set a Modern Era program record for power play percentage (.220) in 2013-14, which was good for seventh in the nation.
Gasparini also manages the program's recruiting. In 2013-14, the staff's first recruiting class made a significant impact as freshmen, contributing a combined 44 points on the year. Among that group, Steven Iacobellis ranked fourth among Division I freshmen with 383 faceoff wins and was eighth in faceoff winning percentage (.563, 383-for-680), while also ending the year tied for 16th among the nation's freshmen in goals scored, third in power-play goals. In 2014-15, UMass finished second in the nation in freshmen scoring as a team with 111 points, the third-highest total in UMass history for a freshman class. Individually, Brandon Montour became the highest draft pick in UMass history when he was selected 55th overall in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and went on to post the most points by a rookie defenseman in the program's Hockey East era in 2014-15 before being named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and inking an NHL contract. Another member of that recruiting class, Dennis Kravchenko, led the Minutemen with 33 points and finished fifth in the nation in freshman scoring this past season.
At Vermont, Gasparini played an integral role in recruiting and managed the Catamounts' forwards with a heavy emphasis on skill and individual development. In 2011-12, he worked alongside Micheletto with UVM's power play unit, which saw nearly a 30% increase in scoring from the previous campaign.
Gasparini returned to Vermont as an assistant coach in September of 2009 after serving as the Director of Scouting and Recruiting for Achieve Sports Management in Chicago, Ill. In his two years with Achieve Sports Management, he oversaw all aspects of recruiting, including player identification and evaluation.
Following graduation from UVM, Gasparini spent the 2006-07 season serving as a regional scout with the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders in the United States Hockey League. The following year he joined the Fargo Force in the USHL as a regional scout.
Gasparini played for the Catamounts from 2002 to 2006 and was elected as an assistant captain his senior season. Over 128 career games, the forward totaled 34 points on 12 goals and 22 assists. He was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team in 2006 and was an ECAC All-Academic Team selection in 2004 and 2005.
A native of Grand Forks, N.D., Gasparini graduated from Vermont with a degree in Economics and Political Science. His father John "Gino" Gasparini is a former head coach of the men's hockey team at the University of North Dakota. He and his wife Amanda were married in the summer of 2010 and have a daughter, Adriana.