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UMass names Vermont assistant new hockey coach

July 16, 2012
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AMHERST, Mass.—John Micheletto, a former Vermont associate coach whose recruiting was credited for helping the Catamounts reach the Frozen Four, was introduced Monday as the new head hockey coach at Massachusetts.

At a campus news conference, Micheletto said his goal is to continually improve the UMass program until it is "in the conversation for national acclaim" every year.

"We will play hard. We will play fast. We will create on offense because we commit to defense. We will be fun to watch and we will be tough to play against," he said.

Athletic director John McCutcheon called Micheletto, "a person of integrity, a person of character, a proven recruiter - he put together three top-15 classes at Vermont."

McCutcheon said Micheletto is "a true educator," joking that he used the word "pedagogy" in his application.

The 46-year-old Micheletto, a Chicago-area native, attended Milton Academy in Massachusetts and graduated from Dartmouth College. He has also coached at Notre Dame and Union College.

Micheletto has been an associate coach at Vermont since 2003. His primary responsibilities included working with the Catamount forwards, power play, video analysis, practice planning, and bench coaching duties.

He replaces Don "Toot" Cahoon, who led the Minutemen to their only NCAA tournament appearance, but abruptly stepped down last month after 12 years at the school.

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