Blaise MacDonald named new Colby head coach

Former UMass-Lowell head coach, Blaise MacDonald, has been named the new Colby head hockey coach. It’s a somewhat ironic pick as MacDonald was unceremoniously dumped by UMass-Lowell after the 2010-11 season and a last-place finish in Hockey East, to be replaced by a former NESCAC (Hamilton) head coach, Norm Bazin, who engineered a total trun around of the UMass-Lowell program and took the River Hawks to the NCAA quarterfinals in his first season. MacDonald has a long D1 coaching history, having been head coach at UMass-Lowell for 10 years (2001-2011), serving as Niagara University’s first head coach (1996-2001), and having been an assistant coach at Boston University 1990-96). MacDonald was an assistant hockey coach at UMass (Amherst) this past year. He is a 1985 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and was an all-American defenseman for RIT.

June 20 Update: Amazing timing for MacDonald in terms of this announcement. Just yesterday (June 19), UMass (Amherst) announced that UMass head coach Donald (Toot) Cahoon would be stepping down after 12 years at the helm due to disagreements between him and the administration as to the direction of the program. Cahoon’s departure from UMass likely would have resulted in the eventual replacement of MacDonald and the other UMass assistant coaches by whoever is chosen as the new head coach.

Here’s a link to the official Colby release with some more biographical detail for MacDonald.

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