Head Coach Norm Bazin
Bazin played at UMass Lowell from 1990-94 and served as an assistant coach from 1996-2000. He was named the sixth head coach in the ice hockey program's history on April 21, 2011.
He returned to the University following three successful seasons as head coach at Hamilton College, preceded by eight years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Colorado College.
Bazin orchestrated the largest turnaround by a first-year head coach in NCAA Division I hockey history and encored with UMass Lowell's greatest season in its 29-year Division I history.
In 2013-14, Bazin lead the program to a highly successful season with an overall record of 26-11-4, and an 11-6-3 record in Hockey East. He lead the team to its second consecutive Hockey East Championship, it was also the second title in program history. Bazin also coached the team to its third consecutive year progressing to the Regional Final stage of the NCAA Tournament.
In 2012-13, Bazin guided UMass Lowell (28-11-2 overall, 16-9-2 in Hockey East) to a magnificent season which included several firsts: the Hockey East regular season and tournament championships, the NCAA Tournament Northeast Region Championship as well as the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four.
Along the way, Bazin was named the Hockey East Coach of the Year for the second straight year as well as the recipient of the Spencer Penrose Award for Division I Men's Coach of the Year.
In 2011-12, Bazin inherited a program which struggled to a 5-25-4 record (4-21-2 in Hockey East) and turned the college hockey world on its head. The River Hawks posted a 24-13-1 record, finished in a tie for second-place in Hockey East with a 17-9-1 clip and hosted the conference playoffs for the first time in a decade.
UMass Lowell then earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1996 and defeated second-seeded Miami University in the East Regional before falling to Union in the East Region final, narrowly missing the program's first-ever trip to the Frozen Four.
The margin of 19 more victories than in 2010-11 set an NCAA Division I record for largest turnaround by a first-year head coach. Bazin was named the Hockey East and New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year and was named a finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award.
Fast Success at Hamilton College, NCAA Prominence at Colorado College
Under Bazin's direction, Hamilton College improved from a 9-15-1 record in 2008-09 to a 15-9-2 clip in 2009-10 and a 14-7-4 record in 2010-11, in which the Continentals finished atop of the New England Small Conference Athletic Conference (NESCAC) regular season for the first time in school history.
For his efforts, Bazin was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year in his final two years and helped guide four players to NESCAC All-Conference honors, including 2010-11 Player of the Year and All-American Joe Houk. Additionally, he was named a finalist for the 2011 Edward Jeremiah Award for NCAA Division III Coach of the Year.
Hamilton's 15 victories in 2009-10 marked its highest win total since the 2003-04 season. Consistent with his belief that academic success breeds athletic achievement, Bazin helped guide 11 members of Hamilton's ice hockey team to the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team honors in his three years.
Prior to becoming head coach at Hamilton, Bazin spent eight years at Colorado College as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and was instrumental in leading the Tigers to a 205-102-22 overall record (.623) and a 131-76-17 clip in WCHA play (.585).
During Bazin's tenure, Colorado College made six trips to the NCAA Tournament - four quarterfinal bids and a Midwest Region title/Frozen Four appearance in 2005 - and won the WCHA regular season title three times.
Among the players Bazin mentored include 19 WCHA all-stars, 13 All-Americans and two Hobey Baker Memorial Award recipients in Peter Sejna (2003) and Marty Sertich (2005). Additionally, 12 players during Bazin's time went on to play in the NHL.
Bazin was an assistant coach at UMass Lowell from 1996-2000 under Tim Whitehead and helped guide the River Hawks to Hockey East Tournament semifinal appearances in 1997 and 1998. He was integral in recruiting standouts such as All-American Ron Hainsey (currently in his second season with the Winnipeg Jets, fifth overall with Atlanta/Winnipeg) as well as Hockey East all-star Brad Rooney (`01); Yorick Treille ('02) and Laurent Meunier ('02), both members of the French Olympic squad at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
UMass Lowell's Unsung Hero
As a player, Bazin compiled 32 goals and 36 assists (68 points) in 134 career games. He peaked as a senior with 20 goals and 15 assists - including 17 goals in UMass Lowell's final 19 games - as the River Hawks posted a 25-10-5 record.
That year, he helped lead UMass Lowell to the Hockey East Tournament Championship game where it fell, 3-2, to Boston University. Along the way, Bazin scored all three goals in a 3-0 quarterfinal victory over Merrimack and also added a goal in a 4-3 triumph at Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament first round.
Team honors were plentiful for Bazin as he was named the recipient of the Most Improved Player, Unsung Hero and Gus Coutu (Most Spirited) awards - all voted upon by his teammates.
Bazin was also an exemplary student, earning Dean's List honors in each of his eight semesters as well as a place on the Hockey East Academic Honor Roll three times. In 1993, he received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the University for his work with the Special Olympics and SHARE.
Bazin achieved his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in just 3 ½ years and earned his master's degree in education administration in 1999.
Bazin played professionally for the Birmingham Bulls of the ECHL and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL in 1994-95.
A native of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba, Bazin and his wife, Michelle, have two sons, Blake (9) and Coleston (6).