College hockey: Canisius promotes assistant Trevor Large to head coach
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Three days after accepting the position, Canisius College’s new head hockey coach Trevor Large was formally introduced to Golden Griffin nation during his inaugural press conference on Monday.
A native of Brampton, Ontario, Large replaces Dave Smith, who accepted the head coaching position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in April. A member of the Golden Griffin coaching staff for the past three seasons, Large becomes the seventh head coach in program history and the fourth in the Division I era.
“Canisius is a special place with special people,” Large said. “I want to thank everyone who has been a part of the program for getting us to where we are today.
“There are special things about what we have experienced here at Canisius and what we will continue to experience. The culture here is what drives our results and our success, and that is not something that is going to go away. The culture that we have created here is truly special and it is about the people. It is about the campus community, it is about Buffalo, it is about our team, it is about our players, it is about our coaching staff, it is about our family.
“I am very excited to be the next head coach here at Canisius, and I cannot wait to get started. It is a great day to be a Griff.”
2006-08: Assistant coach, American International College (Springfield, Mass.)
2008-14: Assistant coach, Army West Point (West Point, N.Y.)
2014-17: Assistant coach, Canisius College (Buffalo, N.Y.)
2017-Present: Head coach, Canisius College (Buffalo, N.Y.)
What they are saying:
Army West Point head coach Brian Riley: “Trevor Large is an outstanding hockey coach, but even more importantly he is a great leader. Trevor will do a great job in not only developing his players on the ice, but he will do a fantastic job developing his players to be leaders on the Canisius College campus. The hockey program at Canisius College is going to continue to prosper under his leadership.”
Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill: “Canisius has made a great hire naming Trevor Large their next head hockey coach. Over the 15-plus years I have known Trevor, he has consistently demonstrated the work ethic, passion and communication skills that will make him a great head coach.”
Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels: "Trevor Large has prepared himself very well to be successful as the next head coach at Canisius College. He's excelled as an assistant coach for three different programs in the Atlantic Hockey Conference, gaining knowledge from three well-respected head coaches along the way. Trevor is extremely hard-working and passionate about college hockey. Having known Trevor as a student-athlete, it is no surprise that he has reached this level of achievement."
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute head coach Dave Smith: "Trevor Large is the perfect fit to lead Canisius hockey into the next chapter. He has been around college hockey for a long time and understands how to push a program to the next level.
“I have seen his passion for people and how he combines it with his hockey knowledge; these skills will serve the Griffs hockey community well as he pushes the program forward.
“I loved working with him and spending time with his family. Congratulations to Trevor, Molly, Brody and Harper. Go Griffs.”
Iowa Wild (AHL) head coach Derek Lalonde: “It's been exciting to see Trevor grow from his time as a player through now with his coaching career. He will continue to cultivate high standards, values and a team-first culture that he has had his whole career.”
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz: “I'd like to extend my sincerest congratulations to my good friend, Trevor Large. As a college teammate, Trevor was always a well-respected, hard-working individual who always trusted the process. He did whatever it took for our team to be successful. It's no surprise to me that he was chosen as head coach. I wish him many successful seasons.”
Canisius assistant coach Scott Moser: "Trevor is an excellent teacher and he cares about people. I know Trevor will work tirelessly to grow relationships he's already created with players, our alumni, and the Western New York community. He has had a strong passion for Canisius hockey and our culture from the day he stepped on campus."