St. Anselm men's hockey coach Jim Tortorella resignsStaff report
May 23. 2018 11:55PM
Jim Tortorella has stepped down as head men’s hockey coach at St. Anselm College and will become an assistant coach at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.
Hired as the team’s seventh head coach in May 2017, Tortorella led the Hawks to a 17-9-1 record and the team’s 10th Northeast-10 Conference title in his only season on the Hilltop.
“We are grateful for the leadership Jim brought to the program and provided our student-athletes,” said Athletics Director Daron Montgomery. “Jim’s coaching acumen and his attention to detail were greatly appreciated by everyone associated with our program.”
“It was a very difficult process in deciding to leave such a wonderful institution as St. Anselm,” said Tortorella. “There is strong senior leadership, engaging professors, supportive staff, and most importantly, dedicated student-athletes on the Hilltop. I’m honored and proud to have mentored such a strong group of young men over the past year.”
In the NE-10 championship, the Hawks stormed back from a 5-2 deficit with less than 12 minutes remaining in the third period to defeat St. Michael’s College, 6-5, in overtime.
St. Anselm finished its season on an eight-game winning streak, the second-longest in team history. The Hawks posted 17 victories, most in a season in more than 10 years.
Tortorella, a 20-plus year coaching veteran at all college levels, coached four NE10 All-Conference selections in 2017-18, including the league’s Goaltender of the Year, Colin Soucy, and the conference’s Rookie of the Year in Alec Andreucci.