Jim Tortorella enters his fifth season as associate head coach.
Tortorella came to New Hampshire after a 16-year stint as head
coach at Colby College, where he led the Mules to an impressive
230-138-33 record in that span and leaves his mark as the
program’s all-time leader in career wins.
A highly respected coach throughout the New England region, Tortorella brings a wealth of experience to Durham and will work primarily with the UNH defense.
In his time with the Colby hockey program, Tortorella led the Mules to 11 NESCAC playoff appearances, a trio of ECAC playoff appearances, an ECAC championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament. Tortorella’s best campaign came during the 2007-08 season, when he was selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year and the New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year after guiding the Mules to a first place finish and host for the league’s final four. He was also selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year following the 2005-06 season.
In addition to his duties at Colby, Tortorella has long been a mentor to some of the best young players in the United States as he was named the assistant coach for both the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 USA World Junior Teams. Tortorella also serves as the director of player development for the USA Hockey affiliates of New England for six years. As a reflection of his versatility and esteem in the hockey community, Tortorella was elected president of the prestigious American Hockey Coaches Association in 2001, and in 2005 was selected as vice president of the AHCA’s Hockey’s Coaches Care Charitable foundation.
A former standout goalie at the University of Maine, Tortorella began his coaching career at Brunswick High School in Maine from 1984-87. He went on to coach at Cony High School in Augusta, Maine, where he earned State of Maine Coach of the Year honors two times over a five-year span. Prior to his time at Colby, Tortorella served as an assistant coach at UNH as a member of Umile’s staff. Tortorella currently holds the highest level of coaching education achievement within USA Hockey, the master certificate, and was a finalist for the 1995-96, 2005-06, and 2007-08 National Division III Coach of the Year honors.