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  Len Quesnelle
Len Quesnelle

Last College:
Princeton '88

Assistant Coach

9th Season at UMass


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Len Quesnelle is entering his ninth season as an assistant coach of the Minutemen in 2012-13 after serving as the head coach at Princeton for four seasons.

During Quesnelle's four years at Princeton, he held the distinction of being the only coach in school history to lead the Tigers to consecutive seasons of .500-or-better records in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Princeton posted a 9-9-4 conference record in 2000-01 and played to a 10-10-2 mark in 2001-02.

Quesnelle spent 12 years as an assistant coach at Princeton before being named the program's 14th head coach in the spring of 2000. He spent the previous nine years as the senior assistant coach on Don Cahoon's staff.

In Quesnelle's second season as head coach, the Tigers put together a late-season run to finish in a three-way tie with Brown and Colgate for sixth place in the conference standings. Princeton earned the sixth seed going into the playoffs, bettering the predictions of both the preseason coaches and media polls. The coaches had the Tigers pegged to finish 11th, while the media picked them to finish seventh.

In his inaugural season as head coach, Quesnelle led the Tigers to a 10-16-5 overall record, including a 9-9-4 ECAC mark. It was only the sixth time since 1961-62 that the Tigers finished with a .500-or-better ECAC record.

Following his graduation from Princeton in 1988, Quesnelle remained with the Tigers as an assistant coach on Jim Higgins' staff while pursuing a business career with a consulting firm in Princeton.

In 1991 his familiarity with team personnel and the recruiting process at Princeton helped to ease the transition into the Cahoon era.

A native of Bramalea, Ontario, Quesnelle was a standout defenseman at Princeton, appearing in 106 games and earning All-Ivy League honors as well as the Class of 1941 Championship Award for winning spirit. He played junior hockey for the Bramalea Blues from 1982-84.

Quesnelle has served as director of the Princeton University Hockey Camp and is a frequent speaker and instructor at camps throughout North America.

He and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, Rémi and Georgia.

Last updated: September 10, 2012


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