UVM's Micheletto named hockey coach
John Micheletto of the University of Vermont was named head coach of the men’s hockey team on July 16 by athletic director John McCutcheon.
Micheletto is a 21-year coaching veteran who has spent the last nine years at Hockey East rival UVM, including the past six seasons as associate head coach. He replaces Don “Toot” Cahoon who stepped down in mid-June.
“After our meetings with John and our consultations with those in the college hockey community, we are thrilled to announce him as our new head coach,” said McCutcheon. “John brings a wealth of coaching experience, is a talented recruiter, understands the Hockey East Association, and certainly has a strong familiarity with the UMass hockey program.”
“I am humbled to be the 13th head coach at the University of Massachusetts,” said Micheletto. “When I first started coaching in 1991, I never fathomed that my first head coaching job would come at such a highly regarded hockey program as UMass.”
Micheletto began his tenure at Vermont in 2003-04 when the Catamounts were still members of the ECAC. He helped UVM through its transition into Hockey East in 2005-06 with his time in Burlington highlighted by a trip to the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four. Since he joined the Vermont staff, Micheletto coached or recruited 12 different Catamounts who were selected in the NHL draft, including rising sophomore Connor Brickley (taken in the 2010 second round as the third highest draft pick in program history) and Viktor Stalberg of the Chicago Blackhawks. In all, more than 20 former players have gone on to play professional hockey in the United States, Canada and Europe.
In June 2006, Micheletto was promoted to associate head coach at Vermont and served as the program’s director of recruiting.
Prior to his stint at Vermont, the Chicago native was an assistant coach at Notre Dame (1999-2003) and at Union College (1996-99) in Schenectady, N.Y.
Before moving to the collegiate level, Micheletto spent five years (1991-96) in the prep ranks at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. Micheletto served as the dean of students, an instructor of English and a dorm parent. As the head coach of the hockey team, he helped resurrect the program during his tenure.
Micheletto has been heavily involved with USA Hockey during his career both on the national and international level. He spent six summers as a coach for the Atlantic District Select teams that competed at USA Hockey's Junior Olympic Festival. In 2000, he was selected as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team, which competed at the Four Nations Tournament in Kezmarok, Slovakia. Micheletto helped guide Team USA to five wins before falling to Canada in the championship game.
A 1984 graduate of Milton Academy, Micheletto served as team captain and boarding school president. Micheletto then attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1990 with a degree in English modified with education. He pursued a professional hockey career, which included stops with the Enschede Lions of the Netherlands First Division and the Erie (Pa.) Golden Blades of the now defunct Atlantic Coast Hockey League.