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St. Anselm men's hockey team promotes Rocha to head coach

Staff report
June 11. 2018 8:33PM

Larry Rocha, an assistant coach with the St. Anselm College hockey team since the 2013-14 season, has been promoted to the head coaching position, the college announced Monday.

Rocha, a 1979 graduate of St. Anselm and four-letter letter winner on the hockey team, replaces Jim Tortorella, who took an assistant coaching job at Division I Merrimack College. Roche takes over a team that won 17 games last season and the Northeast-10 Conference title.

“My time as a student-athlete on the Hilltop gave me so much more than I could ever express,” said Rocha upon his appointment. “It has been a pleasure to give back to the St. Anselm community, especially over the past five years, as an adjunct professor and assistant coach. This opportunity to return as head coach is a dream. I am honored to lead such an outstanding group of young men, student-athletes and Anselmians. I would like to thank president (Steven) DiSalvo and (director of athletics) Daron Montgomery for giving me this amazing opportunity.”

“Anyone who knows or has worked with Larry will attest to his love for the sport of ice hockey and unmatched passion for St. Anselm College,” said Montgomery. “Larry’s leadership will give our program strength and stability in the years ahead. It’s an added bonus that he’s an alumnus.”

Rocha began his coaching career as an assistant at Penn State University from 1979-84 and also served as the acting head coach. Rocha guided the Nittany Lions to the 1984 ACHA National Championship and was later inducted into the Penn State Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999.

Rocha has also coached at the prep level, most recently at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. from 1996-03. Before that stint, he coached at the Hotchkiss School (1985-87), Lawrence Academy (1987-88) and the Brooks School (1988-96).