Head Coach Jim Madigan
Northeastern alumnus and three-time Beanpot champion Jim Madigan has been named Northeastern men's ice hockey head coach, Director of Athletics Peter Roby announced today (July 26). Madigan, the 10th coach in program history, brings more than 26 years of college and professional hockey experience to his new post on Huntington Avenue. 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."
As a professional hockey scout, Madigan has demonstrated great skill in identifying and evaluating talent in a thorough and insightful manner. He has served as a scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2006, helping that franchise build a team that advanced to the Stanley Cup finals in consecutive seasons (2008 and 2009) and that captured the Stanley Cup in 2009.
He played a key role in identifying two Huskies who have excelled in the Penguins organization—Brad Thiessen and Joe Vitale. This season, Vitale spent time on the Pens' NHL roster and Thiessen was named the AHL's most outstanding goaltender. Prior to his tenure with the Penguins, Madigan served as a scout for the New York Islanders for 13 years. During his time in hockey, Madigan has worked alongside some of the great innovators of the game, from Northeastern's own Ferny Flaman (NU head coach, 1970-89) to notable NHL executives Ray Shero (general manager (GM), Pittsburgh), Don Maloney (GM, Phoenix), Chuck Fletcher (GM, Minnesota), Randy Sexton (GM, Florida), Mike Milbury (former GM, New York Islanders), Gordie Clark (director of player personnel, New York Rangers) and Jay Heinbuck (NU alumnus and director of amateur scouting, Pittsburgh).
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 NU 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.
In 1982, he was voted NU Rookie of the Year. In his senior campaign he was named assistant captain and, at season's end, was presented with the program's Unsung Hero Award. Madigan skated in 119 career games, recording 78 points (34-44-78).
In 1998, Madigan was awarded the Friends of NU Hockey Ferny C. Flaman Award. The honor is presented to a benefactor of Northeastern hockey who has demonstrated the commitment and dedication of Coach Flaman to making NU hockey a success.
Madigan's appointment as head coach continues a 25-year tenure at Northeastern. His dedicated service to the university includes roles as men's ice hockey assistant coach (1986-93), assistant director of physical plant services (1993-99), director of athletic development (1999-2004) and associate dean and director of development in the College of Business Administration (2004-11). In his most recent post, he led a development effort that generated an average of $5.7 million in gifts over seven years, including $13 million in 2010-11. Over the course of his career, Madigan has shown an unparalleled ability to promote Northeastern to a broad and diverse constituency—including prospective students, alumni and other supporters.
Madigan graduated from Northeastern in 1986 with a degree in business administration. He and his wife Kim, an NU alumna, have two daughters, Kelly and Kate, who both compete on the Northeastern track & field team.
Assistant Coach Jerry Keefe
Jerry Keefe enters his first season as assistant coach for the men's hockey team to start the 2011-12 season. Keefe has established himself as a notable name in the New England college hockey ranks, making stops at Westfield State and UMass Boston before his two seasons at Brown from 2009 to 2011. Keefe has also gained valuable experience through many different capacities with USA Hockey.
"Jerry has an extensive recruiting network that will allow our hockey program to attract top student-athletes to Northeastern," head coach Jim Madigan said. "Additionally, Jerry's previous coaching experience will be critical in developing our student-athletes and preparing them for future opportunities in hockey. He will be a valuable resource in all aspects of the Northeastern hockey program."
In his first season behind the bench with Brown in 2009-10, Keefe helped direct the Bears to an ECAC Semifinals birth for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.
One of Keefe's most notable accomplishments was the resurrection of the Westfield State hockey program for the 2008-09 season after a 20-year dormant phase. Keefe was able to recruit 27 student-athletes and led the Owls to a second-place finish in the MASCAC. Keefe's squad posted an 11-9-4 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 1980-81.
Before breathing life into Westfield State's program, Keefe served as an assistant for one season with UMass Boston in 2006-07.
Keefe's roles with USA Hockey include the Yankee Conference Team New England District head evaluator (2006-08), an instructor for New England District Festivals (2006-07), a coach for the USA Hockey Select-17 Festival in St. Cloud, Minn. (2007-08), and a coach for the Massachusetts Satellite Program (2008-present).
As a student-athlete, Keefe was a four-year center with Providence College from 1996 to 2000 and finished with 98 points (30-68-98) in 102 career games. After leading the Friars with 52 points in 37 games, the highest single-season point total in 15 years, Keefe was honored as New England's Most Improved Player.
Upon graduation, Keefe's professional hockey career started at the end of the 2000 season with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL) and Trenton Titans (ECHL). Keefe's pro career last five years, including a pair of seasons in Europe.
A native of Billerica, Mass., Keefe was a three-time All-Scholastic player and a member of a State Championship team at Matignon High School, earning MA Player of the Year honors in 1993. Prior to enrolling at Providence, Keefe also played for the U.S. National Under-17 Team that won a Silver Medal in Tokyo in 1994 and the U-16 Team that went 4-0 in Switzerland.
In 1995, he was the team MVP and the leading scorer for the Omaha Lancers (USHL), leading the team in scoring for the second straight year as a captain in 1996. He was twice named a USHL All-Star and still ranks in the Lancers' all-time top ten scoring.
Keefe graduated from Providence with a B.S. in Business Administration and currently resides in Saugus, Mass. with his wife, Maria, and their son, Owen (4), and newborn daughter, Emmerson.
Assistant Coach Patrick Foley
Patrick Foley begins his first season as assistant coach for the men's hockey team to start the 2011-12 season. Foley possesses a unique coaching background, both at the collegiate and international levels. The Milton, Mass. native not only coached at Harvard, but also served as an assistant coach for two years with the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP). In 2008, Foley was an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic.
"Pat brings a blend of youth and coaching experience that few his age possess," head coach Jim Madigan said. "He has coached at the collegiate and international level and has surrounded himself with some of the top hockey minds in the game. Pat will use his recruiting and coaching experiences to attract and teach our student-athletes. Pat is a wonderful complement to the Northeastern coaching staff."
Foley had previously directed the Crimson's penalty-kill unit. Harvard killed 84.9 percent of the power plays it faced in his first season, good for 24th nationally. In ECAC Hockey play, the Crimson had the league's top penalty kill at 91.3 percent. Highlights of the Crimson's accomplishments in Foley's tenure so far include trips to the 2008 Beanpot and ECAC Hockey title games and sweeps of road playoff series in 2010 and 2011.
Foley came to Harvard following two years as an assistant coach with the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP), where he helped guide Team USA to a gold medal in the 2006 IIHF Under-18 World Championship and a silver medal at the 2007 championship. He also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic.
Foley worked primarily with NTDP forwards during practice, with responsibility for team defense and penalty killing. He helped groom a group of 13 NTDP players chosen in the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft and saw NTDP forwards taken with the first two overall picks in the 2007 draft. He helped direct NTDP teams to a gold medal at the 2005 Four Nations tournament in Finland and a silver medal at the 2006 Five Nations in Russia.
Off the ice, Foley was in charge of evaluation and recruitment of potential players. A former NTDP player himself, Foley spoke to hockey associations across the nation on behalf of USA Hockey, served as the alumni liaison to the NTDP and monitored players' host families and academic progress. He twice served as a USA Hockey level 4 coaching certification symposium speaker. He also served as the director of the NTDP Summer Hockey School.
Foley was the second UNH player ever to serve as captain for three straight seasons. He helped the Wildcats to Hockey East titles and trips to the Frozen Four in 2002 and '03. He was a finalist for the 2004 Hockey Humanitarian Award, played for the 2000 U.S. National Junior Team and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2000.
A Dean's List and Hockey East All-Academic honoree, Foley earned a kinesiology degree from New Hampshire in 2004. While in school, he founded Team 25, a charitable organization. In that role, he organized an auction that raised money for a teen center and arranged for UNH hockey players to take stuffed animals to children in hospitals. Foley also participated in the first NCAA conference and seminar on celebratory behavior and rioting among college sports fans.
Foley attended St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Mass., before moving to Michigan and graduating from Pioneer High School while playing for the U.S. National Under-18 Team. Following his UNH graduation, Foley returned to the Boston area and worked in the community relations office of the Boston Red Sox.
Foley resides in Charlestown, Mass.