Kevin Swallow, who played hockey at the University of Maine for two seasons after transferring from Dartmouth College, has been named the new head hockey coach at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass.
The 26-year-old Swallow had been the assistant at ECAC West Division III Neumann College (Aston, Pa.) this past season. Neumann went 15-8-3 and was ranked 15th in the final United States College Hockey Online poll.
Nichols College plays in the ECAC (Division III) Northeast League and was 12-13-2 last year, 9-4-1 in conference play.
Swallow is replacing Lou Izzi, who went 105-69-7 in seven seasons at Nichols including a league mark of 71-39-7.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for me,” said Swallow in a press release. “Nichols has a very rich tradition and is a program on the upswing. Coach Izzi did a great job bringing the program to the next level and I’m excited to continue to build on the foundation he set and take the program to even higher heights.
“I want our student-athletes to receive the total package, and by that I mean obtain success both on the ice as well as the classroom,” added Swallow. “Our student-athletes will get a great education here at Nichols, be contributing members of the community and enjoy their experience playing hockey.”
Swallow, who spent two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program before going to Dartmouth, registered 14 goals and 31 assists in 121 career games at Dartmouth and Maine. He had 3 & 11 in 62 games at Maine and was a Hockey East Academic First Team All-Star as a senior in 2009-2010.
Swallow was a right winger at Maine and evolved into an effective penalty-killer and checker.