Head Coach Brian Durocher
After leading the Terriers to their first-ever Hockey East title and NCAA tournament berth, head coach Brian Durocher enters his sixth season at the helm of the Boston University women's ice hockey team in 2010-11. Following a breakout season, the 33-year coaching veteran looks to build on the team's recent success and continue establishing the Terriers as one of the nation's elite.
Durocher has guided the Terriers' women's ice hockey program since its inception, leading BU to an 81-66-29 overall record in five seasons. He was recognized in 2008 with Coach of the Year honors from both Hockey East and the New England Hockey Writers Association after BU reached the Hockey East semifinals in just its third varsity season.
Named the first head coach of BU's varsity team on June 3, 2004, Durocher has guided the Terriers to new milestones each season. The inaugural campaign in 2005-06 set the foundation for the program. A year later, the team reached the Beanpot final and set the high-water mark for wins with 19. Playing a significantly upgraded schedule in 2007-08, BU hosted the Beanpot and returned to its championship game, while making its postseason debut in the Hockey East semifinals.
In 2008-09, the Terriers entered the national rankings for the first time and won their first postseason game during the opening round of the Hockey East playoffs. Durocher served on the committee that organized the NCAA Women's Frozen Four, hosted at BU's Agganis Arena, and was selected as a coach for the East team at the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge that was held in conjunction with the Men's Frozen Four in Washington.
Last season, BU captured its first-ever Hockey East title and NCAA tournament berth. After blanking New Hampshire, 4-0, in the Hockey East semifinals, the Terriers edged Connecticut, 2-1, in overtime to claim their first conference crown. BU faced top-ranked Mercyhurst in the NCAA quarterfinals and lost the hard-fought game, 4-1. With a 17-9-12 record, Durocher led the squad to at least 17 victories for the third time in four campaigns, while the nine losses suffered by the team were the fewest in program history.
Prior to his current position, Durocher served as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator of the BU men's ice hockey team from 1996-2004, helping the Terriers to five NCAA tournaments, six Beanpot titles and a Hockey East Tournament Championship.
While a student at BU, Durocher was a four-year letterman as a goalie and co-captain of the Terriers' 1978 NCAA Division I national championship team. Durocher first served as a full-time assistant on BU men's ice hockey head coach Jack Parker's staff from 1980-85. He began his coaching career immediately after graduation when he was named an assistant coach at American International College in Springfield, Mass. He was there from 1978-80 before returning to BU.
In 1985, he left the Terriers to join the staff of the late Terry Slater at Colgate University. In addition to his on-ice responsibilities, he was also the Red Raiders' primary recruiter and was responsible for attracting the players who backboned the 1990 team that won the Eastern College Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NCAA title game. In the semifinals of the tournament, Colgate defeated BU, 3-2.
In December 1991, after the untimely death of Slater, Durocher was named Colgate's interim head coach, a position he retained through the conclusion of the 1992 season. Later that fall, he was named assistant coach at Brown University, a position he held until he returned to BU in 1996.
A native of Longmeadow, Mass., Durocher compiled an impressive 47-13-1 career record minding the goal for the Terriers. His most successful year was his freshman season, during which he compiled a 17-2-1 record with a 3.61 goals-against average and .874 save percentage. He won the Eberly Trophy as the most outstanding goalie in the Beanpot and was an All-East selection. His senior year, as the Terriers finished with a 30-2 record and won the NCAA title, he posted a 14-2-0 record, along with a 3.99 GAA and .871 save percentage.
Durocher and his wife, Laura, live in Brookline and have three daughters, Kirsten, Kara and Kelsey.
Assistant Coach Katie Lachapelle
Katie Lachapelle enters her third season with the Terriers in 2010-11. She joined Brian Durocher's staff at BU in 2008 after four years as an assistant coach at Ohio State. Her responsibilities with the Buckeyes included recruiting and evaluating prospective student-athletes, monitoring academics, organizing the team's community service projects, coordinating team travel and meals, breaking down video and assisting with daily practices and games. Ohio State went 67-65-15 during Lachapelle's tenure in Columbus.
Lachapelle has coached at USA Hockey camps the last five summers, helping at various Girls' Select 14, 15 and 16 Player Development Camps.
Before joining the staff at Ohio State, Lachapelle served as an assistant coach at Niagara for three seasons. The Purple Eagles tallied a 49-49-8 record during her years there and made an appearance in the 2002 NCAA Women's Frozen Four. She was involved in all facets of the Niagara program including recruiting, coordinating team travel, monitoring academics and coaching the forwards.
Prior to Niagara, Lachapelle was an assistant coach at Union for two years, where she planned and conducted practices, assisted with recruiting and coached the defense.
Lachapelle was a four-year letter winner at Providence from 1995-99. During her playing days with the Friars, Lachapelle was a team captain, an All-ECAC honorable mention and was named to the 1997 ECAC All-Star team.
A native of Lewiston, Maine, Lachapelle graduated from Providence in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in social science. She resides in Cambridge.
Assistant Coach Allison Coomey
Allison Coomey enters her third season as an assistant coach with the Terriers in 2010-11.
A four-year letter winner at Niagara in her collegiate playing days, Coomey returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach from 2004-08, helping the Purple Eagles reach the College Hockey America championship game twice. She was Niagara's recruiting coordinator and also worked with the forwards, coordinated the team's community service efforts and oversaw the team's academic success.
Before joining the staff at Niagara, Coomey served as an assistant coach at Plattsburgh, where she helped guide the Cardinals to the 2004 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference West Division III regular-season title and the NCAA Division III semifinals.
Prior to her work at Plattsburgh, Coomey completed an internship as the assistant women's ice hockey coach at Connecticut College and was also a volunteer lacrosse coach for the 2002-03 season.
She has also worked numerous hockey camps, including the USA Hockey Development Camp for the last five years, while also volunteering with the Special Olympics.
Coomey was a two-sport athlete at Niagara, playing ice hockey and lacrosse from 1998-2002. On the ice, she served as an alternate captain her senior season and helped the team to its most successful season in program history, as the Purple Eagles reached the 2002 NCAA Women's Frozen Four and finished tied for third in the final national poll.
On the lacrosse field, she earned the team's rookie of the year award in 1999 and went on to tally 69 goals and 37 assists in her four-year career.
Coomey earned two degrees from Niagara, a bachelor's degree in education in 2002 and a master's degree in school counseling in 2008. She was a two-time ECAC All-Academic Team member and earned a spot on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team as well.
Volunteer Assistant Coach Todd Langlais
Todd Langlais returns to Boston University for his sixth season as a volunteer assistant coach in 2010-11. Langlais, a 1990 graduate of St. Mary's of Lynn high school, returned to the school in 2002 as the head coach of the women's ice hockey team. Langlais took over the program in its first year as a varsity sport (Division II), and in three short years turned the program around, winning the state championship in 2005.
During that championship season, Langlais led his team to a 21-1-2 record, recording 15 shutouts, including nine consecutive shutouts. His efforts earned him Division II Coach of the Year honors from the Boston Globe and also from Hockey Night in Boston.
During the 2004-05 season, Langlais spent time with the men's ice hockey program at Merrimack College, learning under the guidance of head coach Chris Serino, before joining Durocher's staff for the 2005-06 campaign. He coached his final high school game (the state championship) at Walter Brown Arena, home to the Terriers.
Todd and his wife Amy, reside in Lynn with their sons, Ty and Jacob.