DURHAM, N.H.-- University of New Hampshire athletic director Marty Scarano and men's head hockey coach Dick Umile have announced that David Lassonde (Durham, N.H.) has been promoted to associate head coach of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey program.
Lassonde enters his sixth consecutive season and ninth overall at the University of New Hampshire with a record of 152-58-21 (.703 winning percentage) in six years as an assistant coach with Dick Umile.
In between his two stays in Durham, Lassonde spent three years each at University of Wisconsin (1991-1994) and Miami University (1994-1997) as an assistant coach. During his 14 years of collegiate coaching he has been to four Frozen Fours and eight NCAA Tournaments.
"Coach Lassonde has been a valuable asset to the program both on and off the ice. His enthusiasm and work ethic have been an integral part of the men's hockey program at UNH," said head coach Dick Umile.
As a member of Coach Umile's staff, Lassonde is primarily responsible for coaching the Wildcat defensemen and goaltenders. The 'Cats led the conference in goals against average in 2001-2002 with Michael Ayers and Matt Carney recording the two lowest GAA. He also coached two-time All-American Ty Conklin, who owns many team and Hockey East goaltending records. Lassonde's other on-ice duties include assisting Umile in all aspects of the program, including practice, game preparation, recruiting and the day-to-day administrative needs of the program. Lassonde has played a key role in UNH's recruitment of many of its national caliber players.
During the summer months, Lassonde works for the New England District in its Select Player Development Camps and has coached for the past 11 years at Stan Mikita's School for the Hearing Impaired in Chicago, Ill. He serves as On-Ice Director for the very successful Dick Umile Hockey School and coordinates all facets of the school's schedule.
The Rochester, N.H. native graduated cum laude from Providence College in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in History Education and played goal for the Friars from 1981-83 under current New Jersey Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello. Lassonde has lived most of his life in the local area having graduated from, played for, and taught at Spaulding High School in Rochester.