- Norm Bazin – UMass Lowell, Hockey East
- Rick Bennett – Union College, ECAC
- Rob Facca – Western Michigan, NCHC
- Keith Fisher – Penn State, Big Ten
- Graham Johnson – American International College, Atlantic Hockey
- Mark Taylor – Hobart College, ECAC West
- Jason Lammers – UMass Lowell, Hockey East
- Cam Ellsworth – UMass Lowell, Hockey East
- Andy Boschetto - Salve Regina, Div III
- Brian Putnam - Scout, Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL
- Dave Gregory - NHL Central Scouting
Head Coach - UMass Lowell, Hockey East
After orchestrating the largest turnaround by a first-year head coach in NCAA Division I hockey history and encoring with UMass Lowell's greatest season in its 29-year Division I history, Norm Bazin recently capped his second season at the helm of the River Hawks.
Bazin played at UMass Lowell from 1990-94 and served as an assistant coach from 1996-2000. He was named the sixth head coach in the ice hockey program’s history on April 21, 2011.
He returned to the University following three successful seasons as head coach at Hamilton College, preceded by eight years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Colorado College.
In 2012-13, Bazin guided UMass Lowell (28-11-2 overall, 16-9-2 in Hockey East) to a magnificent season which included several firsts: the Hockey East regular season and tournament championships, the NCAA Tournament Northeast Region Championship as well as the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four.
Along the way, Bazin was named the Hockey East Coach of the Year for the second straight year as well as the recipient of the Spencer Penrose Award for Division I Men's Coach of the Year.
In 2011-12, Bazin inherited a program which struggled to a 5-25-4 record (4-21-2 in Hockey East) and turned the college hockey world on its head. The River Hawks posted a 24-13-1 record, finished in a tie for second-place in Hockey East with a 17-9-1 clip and hosted the conference playoffs for the first time in a decade.
UMass Lowell then earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1996 and defeated second-seeded Miami University in the East Regional before falling to Union in the East Region final, narrowly missing the program’s first-ever trip to the Frozen Four.
The margin of 19 more victories than in 2010-11 set an NCAA Division I record for largest turnaround by a first-year head coach. Bazin was named the Hockey East and New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year and was named a finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award.
The future remains bright for the program: The River Hawks return all but four players from the 2012-13 team for the 2013-14 season.
Fast Success at Hamilton College, NCAA Prominence at Colorado College
Under Bazin's direction, Hamilton College improved from a 9-15-1 record in 2008-09 to a 15-9-2 clip in 2009-10 and a 14-7-4 record in 2010-11, in which the Continentals finished atop of the New England Small Conference Athletic Conference (NESCAC) regular season for the first time in school history.
For his efforts, Bazin was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year in his final two years and helped guide four players to NESCAC All-Conference honors, including 2010-11 Player of the Year and All-American Joe Houk. Additionally, he was named a finalist for the 2011 Edward Jeremiah Award for NCAA Division III Coach of the Year.
Hamilton's 15 victories in 2009-10 marked its highest win total since the 2003-04 season. Consistent with his belief that academic success breeds athletic achievement, Bazin helped guide 11 members of Hamilton's ice hockey team to the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team honors in his three years.
Prior to becoming head coach at Hamilton, Bazin spent eight years at Colorado College as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and was instrumental in leading the Tigers to a 205-102-22 overall record (.623) and a 131-76-17 clip in WCHA play (.585).
During Bazin's tenure, Colorado College made six trips to the NCAA Tournament - four quarterfinal bids and a Midwest Region title/Frozen Four appearance in 2005 - and won the WCHA regular season title three times.
Among the players Bazin mentored include 19 WCHA all-stars, 13 All-Americans and two Hobey Baker Memorial Award recipients in Peter Sejna (2003) and Marty Sertich (2005). Additionally, 12 players during Bazin's time went on to play in the NHL.
Bazin was an assistant coach at UMass Lowell from 1996-2000 under Tim Whitehead and helped guide the River Hawks to Hockey East Tournament semifinal appearances in 1997 and 1998. He was integral in recruiting standouts such as All-American Ron Hainsey (currently in his second season with the Winnipeg Jets, fifth overall with Atlanta/Winnipeg) as well as Hockey East all-star Brad Rooney (`01); Yorick Treille ('02) and Laurent Meunier ('02), both members of the French Olympic squad at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
UMass Lowell's Unsung Hero
As a player, Bazin compiled 32 goals and 36 assists (68 points) in 134 career games. He peaked as a senior with 20 goals and 15 assists - including 17 goals in UMass Lowell's final 19 games - as the River Hawks posted a 25-10-5 record.
That year, he helped lead UMass Lowell to the Hockey East Tournament Championship game where it fell, 3-2, to Boston University. Along the way, Bazin scored all three goals in a 3-0 quarterfinal victory over Merrimack and also added a goal in a 4-3 triumph at Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament first round.
Team honors were plentiful for Bazin as he was named the recipient of the Most Improved Player, Unsung Hero and Gus Coutu (Most Spirited) awards - all voted upon by his teammates.
Bazin was also an exemplary student, earning Dean's List honors in each of his eight semesters as well as a place on the Hockey East Academic Honor Roll three times. In 1993, he received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the University for his work with the Special Olympics and SHARE.
Bazin achieved his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in just 3 ½ years and earned his master's degree in education administration in 1999.
Bazin played professionally for the Birmingham Bulls of the ECHL and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL in 1994-95.
A native of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba, Bazin and his wife, Michelle, have two sons, Blake (7) and Coleston (4).
Assistant Coach - Western Michigan, CCHA
Rob Facca joined Western Michigan in 2010 after spending three seasons as an assistant coach with the Northern Michigan University Wildcats Hockey program.
Prior to his arrival at NMU, Facca spent two years (2005-07) with CCHA foe, Nebraska-Omaha. With the Mavericks he assisted with practices, recruiting and also had game day responsibilities. He also served as the director of coaching for O.M.A.H.A. Youth Hockey Program. Facca was also an assistant coach with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL for two seasons (2003-05). While with Lincoln they won the first Tier 1 USHL National Championship in 02/03.
Facca, a native of London, Ont., native played hockey from 1997-99 for Nebraska-Omaha. Facca was one of the first recruits to ever sign with the UNO hockey program. He graduated from UNO in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in communications. Prior to Nebraska-Omaha, Facca played for the Aylmer Aces in the Western Ontario Junior Hockey League and was a two time All-Star.
Facca, and his wife, Nikki, married in the summer of 2004 and now reside in Marquette. They have a son named Louie.
Assistant Coach - Penn State, Big Ten Conference
Keith Fisher joined Penn State in 2011 after finishing his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Princeton men’s hockey team.
Prior to his time at Princeton, Fisher spent five years with the Omaha Lancers’ coaching staff, helping th eteam to the Clark Cup championship in 2001 and Anderson Cup regular season championships in 2002 and 2005. In Omaha, he served as the team’s recruiting coordinator and academic advisor, in addition to other responsibilities of on-ice coaching, video breakdown and game analysis. Fisher helped coach and recruit NHL first round draft picks Keith Ballard and Nick Petrecki, seven current NHL players including Matt Carle and Paul Stastny, and USHL Goaltender of the Year and USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year Jeff Lerg. Fisher helped develop 54 NCAA Division I scholarship players and 12 NHL draft picks.
A native of the Zim, Minn., Fisher recently finished his 11th year coaching at Minnesota Hockey Camps. His coaching career began in the Minnesota public school system as a coach of both football and baseball at Cherry High School. Prior to his arrival in Omaha, Fisher served two seasons with St. Cloud State University’s hockey program as an undergraduate assistant.
Fisher served as associate coach for Team USHL at the USHL Prospects/All-Star game during his final season in Omaha. He recently completed his seventh year on staff as a lead instructor at the Minnesota Hockey Camps of Brainerd, Minnesota. Fisher has also been a part of USA Hockey Select Festivals for the past two years.
A graduate of St. Cloud State University, Fisher has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Prior to coaching, Fisher played two seasons at Hibbing Community College, participating in the NJCAA national tournament during his tenure there.
Assistant Coach - UMass Lowell, Hockey East
Jason Lammers is in his second season as an associate coach with UMass Lowell hockey. He oversees the River Hawks' recruiting efforts, while also coaching the defensemen.
Under his tutelage, UMass Lowell defensemen increased their scoring from 47 to 62 points (+31.9%) and were an integral part of a defense that surrendered just 2.43 goals against.
Lammers brings over a decade of coaching experience to UMass Lowell, most recently spending two seasons with Colorado College. In addition, he has coached at Ohio State University, SUNY Geneseo, Princeton University, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Clarkson University and Hobart College.
"I have known Jason for a long time," said Bazin of Lammers. "He has tremendous professionalism, a strong work ethic and is a very positive person. He is an experienced coach who brings his established hockey network to the staff. We welcome Jason and his family to Lowell."
While at Colorado College, Lammers headed the recruiting effort that resulted in the 8th ranked recruiting class nationwide in 2010 and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. He also oversaw the team's forwards and offense, including individual skill development, puck support and tactical adjustments.
"I'm excited to join the UMass Lowell staff and look forward to the challenge of revitalizing the program," said Lammers of the opportunity. "The leadership qualities of coach Bazin are outstanding and I look forward to moving my family to the UMass Lowell community."
"I've been fortunate to work with a lot of great coaches over my career; almost all of whom have been nominated for Coach of the Year, and was able to learn a lot from each one of them. The connections and relationships I've developed over the years have been strong and will help with the coaching and recruiting elements at UMass Lowell."
Prior to joining the Tigers, Lammers spent three seasons at Ohio State that included an NCAA Tournament bid in 2009. In addition to his recruiting duties, he assisted in the operation of the team's in-season youth hockey clinics and summer hockey schools.
A 1998 graduate of SUNY Geneseo, Lammers served as the head coach of his alma mater from 2005-06. In his only season behind the bench for the Knights, SUNY Geneseo compiled a 19-9-2 record, won the SUNYAC Tournament and appeared in the NCAA Tournament. He coached two All-SUNYAC players and four SUNYAC All-Tournament Team members.
In addition to overseeing the program and its staff, Lammers managed the Ira S. Wilson hockey rink while at SUNY Geneseo.
Lammers spent the two seasons previous to that working under Guy Gadowsky, current Penn State coach, at Princeton in 2004-05 and Alaska-Fairbanks in 2003-04. While with the Nanooks, he helped the team win the Governor's Cup and recruited what was then the highest NHL draft pick in school history, Tyler Eckford, an All-American seventh round selection in the 2004 draft.
Lammers got his coaching start at Clarkson University as a volunteer assistant in 2000-01 and returned full-time in 2002-03, with a stint at Hobart College in between. While with the Golden Knights, he designed and implemented all team strength and conditioning programs and helped the club win the ECAC Regular Season Championship in 2000-01.
Throughout his career, Lammers has worked a number of summers with USA Hockey to coach its Select Festivals dating back to 2004.
Before entering coaching, Lammers spent three years playing professional hockey in the West Coast Hockey League with the Phoenix Mustangs and the Idaho Steelheads. In his final season, he helped the Mustangs capture the Taylor Cup Championship.
As a player for SUNY Geneseo, Lammers was the team captain as a senior in 1998 while earning SUNYAC All-Conference Second Team honors as a defenseman. He graduated with a B.A. in History while serving as a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Board and Phi Alpha Theta, an honorary history fraternity.
A native of Pittsburgh, Penn., he and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of a two-year-old son, Rhett, and a daughter, Bryn, born in April 2011.
Assistant Coach - UMass Lowell, Hockey East
Cam Ellsworth enters his second season on the UMass Lowell hockey staff as an assistant coach. One of the program's primary recruiters, he is also responsible for coaching the River Hawks' goaltenders.
In his first season overseeing the goaltenders, UMass Lowell increased its team save percentage from .896 to .917 and lowered its goals against average from 3.95 to 2.43.
Ellsworth join the River Hawks after three seasons as an assistant coach with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. He also adds eight seasons of professional and collegiate experience as a goaltender for Michigan Technological University and several teams in the ECHL.
“We are excited to add Cam to our staff,” Bazin said. “His enthusiasm was evident throughout the interview process.”
“He will draw from his successful athletic career as he mentors our young goaltenders. His coaching experience was spent in one of the premier junior development leagues and he will be a strong addition to the organization.”
While coaching the Musketeers, Ellsworth assisted in all facets of recruiting, including scheduling the trips, player identification and calls. He also coordinated the team’s video analysis and travel itineraries.
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to join a school with such great history,” said Ellsworth of UMass Lowell. “I’ll be working with two great guys and learning from them as we rebuild the program.”
“I hope to bring all my different experiences together to help each player individually as we build towards a large collective goal.”
Over the last three seasons, Ellsworth has recruited or coached 10 players drafted by the NHL and another 43 who committed to Division I hockey programs. Among the players he coached were former Merrimack College standout Stephane Da Costa and current UMass Lowell sophomore Joe Caveney (Fitchburg, Mass.), who both skated with Sioux City in 2008-09.
Prior to entering the realm of coaching, Ellsworth played for four teams over four seasons in the ECHL: Augusta Lynx, Greenville Grrrowl, Pensacola Ice Pilots and Stockton Thunder.
His best professional season came in 2006-07, backstopping the Thunder to its first playoff appearance in franchise history with 14-13-3 record, 2.62 goals against average and .907 save percentage.
Ellsworth graduated cum laude with a 3.56 grade point average from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Business Administration in 2005. A four-year letter winner with the Huskies from 2001-05, Ellsworth was a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team member from 2003-05. He ranks as the program’s all-time leader in games played (117) and saves (3,510).
A native of Leamington, Ont., Ellsworth has been married for six years to his wife Julie.