Endicott College was looking for experience and confidence to lead their men’s hockey program as it ascends to varsity states.
In R.J. Tolan, named head coach of the Gulls yesterday, they got plenty of both.
After spending the last eight seasons as head coach of Wentworth, Tolan takes over an Endicott program which will play as a club team next year and transition to varsity for the 2015-16 season as the new campus ice rink opens.
“Coach Tolan is a phenomenal hockey coach,” said Endicott athletic director Brian Wylie. “His tireless work ethic, communication skills and tremendous attributes as a coach became apparent throughout the interview process and made him a perfect leader for the men’s ice hockey program.”
The Hockey Writers of New England Coach of the Year in 2007 and a three-time ECAC Northeast Coach of the Year, Tolan compiled a 128-74-16 (.624 winning percentage) as Wentworth coach. The led the team to back-to-back conference titles and NCAA appearances in 2012 and 2013 and leaves Wentworth as the winningest coach in Leopards hockey history.
“As someone that understands the true meaning of what a ‘student-athlete’ is, I am confident that coach Tolan will command the most from his players to represent Endicott well as the program transitions to a full-fledged NCAA Division 3 program,” said Wylie.
Tolan spent one season as an associate coach at Wentworth before taking over fort he 2006-07 season, and posted only one sub-.500 season in eight years. Before that, he was an assistant at Northeastern and Bentley and also coached the Dexter Southfield School for two years.
A Massachusetts native, Tolan played his high school hockey at Matignon before matriculating to UMass-Lowell, where he was a four-year varsity players and graduated in 2002.