WATERVILLE, Maine — Blaise MacDonald, who has Division I head coaching experience and has won national championships as a player and an assistant coach, was named the new head coach of men’s hockey at Colby College on Friday.
MacDonald is the former head coach of Niagara University and University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He helped Boston University to a national championship at the NCAA Frozen Four in 1995 as an assistant coach.
MacDonald, a 1985 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, led RIT to NCAA Division II titles in 1983 and 1985.
“I am thrilled to welcome Blaise MacDonald and his family into the Colby family,” said Marcella Zalot, Colby’s athletic director. “Blaise is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in building high-caliber programs. He will be a great addition to our staff and to the greater Colby community. I look forward to great success under Blaise’s leadership.”
MacDonald, a Billerica, Mass., native, was recruited by Colby but had never been on campus until his job interview.
“What a tremendous community and a beautiful campus,” MacDonald said. “The people that I met were so genuine, authentic and caring,”
MacDonald is the 18th head coach in program history since men’s hockey was started at Colby in the 1922-23 academic year.
“It’s very humbling to me to know that someone like Jack Kelley was the head coach at Colby,” MacDonald said. “Then you have Charlie Holt and more recently Jim Tortorella. I’ve known Jim for a long, long time and his values and beliefs [in coaching] are a very succinct match with what I believe in.”
MacDonald spent last year as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts. He was at UMass-Lowell as head coach for 10 seasons and had three 20-win seasons and a 19-win year. MacDonald helped the River Hawks to the Hockey East Tournament semifinals in 2002 and 2009 and an appearance in the championship game in 2009.