Gasparini Joins UMass Hockey Staff
Aug. 13, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - After three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, 2006 University of Vermont graduate Joey Gasparini has joined the UMass hockey staff as an assistant coach, it was announced on Monday. Gasparini will begin his first year with the Minutemen this fall alongside former UVM colleague and new UMass head coach John Micheletto.
"In adding Joey Gasparini to the Massachusetts staff, we've gotten a rare `duel threat;' a terrific recruiter with a keen eye for winners and an outstanding teacher of the game," said Micheletto. "I've witnessed Joey's development throughout his professional career and consider him a huge get for our program. He grew up watching how to put championship teams together and will bring this knowledge here to Amherst. Joey and his wife Amanda, along with their daughter Adriana, are a tremendous addition to the Minuteman family."
"The University of Massachusetts is a program rich with tradition and history and I am honored to become a part of it," said Gasparini. "I am extremely excited to join John's staff and the entire UMass family. I plan on bringing a lot of energy and passion to the job as we look to build on past successes to bring a championship to Amherst."
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.