Beverly's Mike Gilligan, who had a legendary tenure coaching the men's hockey team at the University of Vermont, will be one of eight people inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Burlington, Vt.
The 70-year-old Gilligan won 279 games with the Catamounts in his 19-year career and is second in the program's all-time wins list. Four of his teams qualified for the NCAA tournament, with his 1995-96 squad, led by future Hockey Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis, reaching the school's first Frozen Four while setting a record for wins in one season (27).
Six of Gilligan's players were All-Americans and 10 went on to play in the NHL, including St. Louis, three-time 50-goal scorer John LeClair and goaltender Tim Thomas, who won Conn Smythe Trophy honors while guiding the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup championship.
Gilligan began his coaching career at his alma mater, Salem State, spending six seasons there and one at Yale before embarking on his long and successful run at Vermont. When he retired in 2003, he was sixth in all-time men's hockey coaching wins with 419 total.
Also a golf coach at Vermont, Gilligan was an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team for two seasons after stepping down from the Catamounts' bench, helping them win gold at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships in 2005 and a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.