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Massachusetts head coach John Micheletto fired after four atrocious seasons

The Umass Minutemen’s hockey program will look for a new leader behind the bench after another disappointing season going 8-24-4 in the 2015-16 NCAA college hockey season. It was announced Sunday that head coach John Micheletto was relieved of his duties. Micheletto’s resume spoke for itself of the firing, compiling a 39-88-13 overall record in 4 seasons with the team.

A few key injuries on the rosters over the seasons did factor into such a poor record but it wasn’t enough to excuse this season’s great start and awful second half performance.

“On behalf of UMass Athletics, we thank John for his four years in Amherst,” Massachusetts director of athletics Ryan Bamford said in a statement. “John worked hard to improve our hockey program and we wish him well with his future endeavors. Our expectation is to be a top contender every year in Hockey East, the premiere collegiate hockey conference. We will work aggressively to recruit a head coach to our hockey program that can realize those expectations.

The Minutemen have finished last or second-to-last in the Hockey East standings in all four seasons under Micheletto. In-fact, UMass hasn’t had a winning season since 2006-07 under coach Don “Toot” Cahoon during Jonathan Quick‘s great last season with the team.

There is already a national search to fill this position.

This is a school that has had very little excitement in nearly a decade for its hockey program. Here’s to better hockey days ahead for the all the faithful UMA fans that have waited patiently for more to cheer about.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: and let's talk some hockey!
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