Northeastern names new head coach
Alumnus Madigan to usher in ‘new era’ in Huskies’ hockey
Northeastern alumnus and three-time Beanpot champion Jim Madigan has been named the head coach of the men’s ice hockey program. Madigan, the 10th coach in program history, brings more than 26 years of college and professional hockey experience to his new post. He played for the Huskies from 1981 to 1985 and was an assistant coach at the university from 1986 to 1993. He has served as a professional scout for the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins since 1993, winning a Stanley Cup in 2009.
“It’s a true honor to be named head coach at Northeastern,” said Madigan. “I have tremendous passion for this university and for this program. Northeastern is a world-class institution and Boston is a world-class city. I’m thrilled to be back where it all started for me -- Matthews Arena.”
“The expectations I have for our program are high. We will continue to build on the momentum established by Greg Cronin and his staff, and we will compete at the highest level, both in Hockey East and nationally.”
“Today begins a new and exciting era of Northeastern hockey, an era that accelerates our progress and builds on our recent success,” Roby said.” Jim played a prominent role in one of our program’s most illustrious decades. More importantly, though, Jim has shown a great ability to identify talent and is committed to developing players on the ice, in the classroom and in the community. His energy and enthusiasm, along with his commitment to Northeastern values, made him the obvious choice.”
Northeastern fans also will remember Madigan’s tenure as an assistant coach for the Huskies from 1986 to 1993. During that seven-year stint, he recruited and coached four All-Americans and 15 All-Hockey East selections. In addition to recruiting, Madigan was involved in all aspects of running a successful Division I program. During his time on the Northeastern bench, the Huskies won 100 games and in 1988 captured the program’s last Beanpot title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Madigan coached at the University of Vermont for one season (1985-86).
As a player at Northeastern, Madigan was a four-year letterwinner under Ferny Flaman (1981–85), leading the Huskies to a 67-59-5 record. During his freshman campaign, NU won 25 games, establishing a single-season wins record that remains tied for best all-time in program history. That same season, he helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA Frozen Four. Building on that success, Madigan was a key contributor to two Huskies’ Beanpot championships in 1984 and 1985.