Nate Leaman

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Nate Leaman
Sport(s) Hockey
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Providence
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
University of Maine(asst.)
Harvard University (asst.)
U.S.A World Junior Team (asst.)
U.S.A World Junior Team (asst.)
Union College
Providence College
Accomplishments and honors
2010 Inside College Hockey National Coach of the Year
2010 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year
2010 Spencer Penrose Award Finalist
2011 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year
2011 Spencer Penrose Award Division I National Coach of the Year

Nate Leaman is the head coach of the Providence Friars men's ice hockey team.

Early Years[edit]

Leaman is a 1997 graduate of SUNY Cortland, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences with a concentration in environmental science and received the Aldo Leopold Award for excellence in environmental science. Captain of the hockey team as a junior and senior, Leaman finished his career as one of the top-20 scorers in Red Dragons' history.

Prior to attending Cortland, Leaman spent a season with the Enkoping Sports Klubb in Enkoping, Sweden, and also played one year with the Indianapolis Junior Ice in the North American Junior Hockey League.

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant Coaching[edit]

Leaman began coaching by serving as a volunteer assistant coach under Shawn Walsh at the University of Maine in 1998-99. In helping guide Maine to a 31-6-4 record and the 1999 NCAA Championship, Leaman's responsibilities included working with the Black Bears' defense, video analysis, on-campus recruiting and monitoring of the players' academic progress. While in Orono, Leaman earned a Master of Science degree in biological sciences in 1999.

After Maine, Leaman spent four seasons as an assistant coach for Mark Mazzoleni at Harvard, where he was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator during his final season. Leaman helped rebuild the Harvard program into one of the top teams in the ECAC, taking the squad from eighth place in the league to an ECAC tournament championship and NCAA appearance in 2001-2002, and an ECAC runner-up finish and NCAA appearance in 2002-2003. During his four years on the Harvard coaching staff, Leaman had a hand in recruiting 13 NHL draft picks and helped the program to be consistently ranked near the top of college hockey in the number of players with NHL rights.

Leaman also served as an assistant coach with USA Hockey for the US World Junior Team in 2007 and 2009. In 2007, he helped lead the team to a Bronze Medal in Leksand, Sweden.

Union College[edit]

Leaman spent eight seasons as the head coach at Union College. Leaman's 2010-11 Union squad posted an impressive 26-10-4 overall record, including a 17-3-2 mark in the ECAC. The 26 overall wins and the 17 league triumphs are school records. The team captured the College's first Cleary Cup (ECAC regular season champion) and earned its first NCAA Division I Tournament berth. Union's season came to end when it was defeated by eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth, 2-0, in the 2011 NCAA East Regional Semifinal. The Dutchmen went 14-1-1 in their final 16 regular season games to clinch the league title. Union had the top power play in the nation as it posted a 29.5 percent success rate. In addition, the team allowed just 2.10 goals per game, which ranked second in the nation. The Dutchmen also were ranked nationally for the entire season and were as high as fourth. For his efforts, Leaman received the 2011 Spencer Penrose Award as the Division I Men's Coach of the Year and he also was named ECAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

In eight seasons at Union, Leaman's teams posted a 138-127-35 mark. His 138 wins are the most of any of the 14 head coaches in school history. He also posted the highest winning percentage (.518) of a Union head coach. Leaman guided Union to four consecutive winning seasons. In 2009-10, the team posted a 21-12-6 record, finished third place in the ECAC regular season and was the ECAC Tournament runner up. During his tenure at Union, Leaman coached 91 All-ECAC Academic selections, 12 All-ECAC players, six All-ECAC Rookie selections, three ECAC Student-Athletes of the Year and two CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Honorees. In his career behind the bench, Leaman has coached 16 NHL draft picks, five All-Americans and one Hobey Baker finalist.

The 2007-08 season began a stretch of four consecutive winning seasons for the Union program under Leaman. That team posted a 16-15-4 overall record and placed fourth in the ECAC, which at the time was the program's highest finish. In 2008-09, the team finished the season at 19-17-3 overall and it marked the first back-to-back winning campaigns in program history. That success carried over to the 2009-10 season as Leaman's squad was ranked in the top-20 nationally for 14 consecutive weeks.

Providence College[edit]

Leaman, who was appointed the 12th coach at Providence on April 22, 2011, guided Providence to 14 victories during the 2011-12 season. Among those wins was a two-game weekend sweep of then No. 1 nationally ranked Merrimack on December 3–4. The 2-1 overtime triumph on December 2 was PC's first over a No. 1 team since 2003. After their successful weekend against Merrimack, the Friars were ranked in the national poll for the first time since 2008. In all, Providence recorded seven wins against nationally ranked teams, including five victories against squads in the top-10. In addition, Leaman coached Ross Mauermann, who was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. Mauermann became the first Friar to earn the honor since 2007.

In his first season at Providence (2011–12), Leaman led the Friars to the Hockey East Semifinals for the first time since 2001. Providence defeated No. 2 seed UMass Lowell in a best-of-three quarterfinal series to become the first No. 7 seed to ever win a Hockey East Quarterfinal series in the 28-year history of the league.

In 2011-12, Leaman led the Friars to a 17-14-7 overall record and a 13-8-6 mark in Hockey East play. It marked the most wins for a Friar squad since the 2005-06 season. The 13 Hockey East wins tied for the third-most in program history. The Friars entered the last weekend of the regular season in contention for the league title for the first time ever and went on to win a home quarterfinal Hockey East playoff series for the first time since 2001. The Friars then made a second consecutive Hockey East semifinal appearance, marking the first time in 17 seasons that Providence has made at least the Hockey East semifinal in consecutive seasons (1994-95 & 1995-96).

In 2012-13, Leaman coached Providence College's first All-American since 2004 in freshman goaltender Jon Gillies, who was named a Second Team All-American. Gillies was also named the Hockey Commissioner's Association (HCA) National Rookie of the Year, a First Team Hockey East All-Star and the Hockey East Rookie of the Year. He was just the third freshman all-time to earn First Team Hockey East honors. In addition to Gillies, senior Kyle Murphy was named the 2013 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award Winner by the HCA, Tim Schaller became just the second Friar to earn Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year honors and six Friars were named to the 2013 Hockey East All-Academic Team. During the 2012-13 season, the Friars reached as high as 16th in the poll, their highest ranking since November, 2003. Providence was then ranked 18th in the season-ending poll, marking the first time since 2001 the Friars were ranked in the year-end poll. The Friars were able to move into the polls on the strength of several marquee wins, including their first win at New Hampshire since 2004 and their first win at Boston College in their last 18 tries.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Union (ECAC Hockey) (2003–2011)
2003-2004 Union 14-17-5 8-11-3 8th
2004-2005 Union 14-17-5 8-13-1 8th
2005-2006 Union 16-16-6 9-4-4 6th
2006-2007 Union 14-19-3 7-14-1 12th
2007-2008 Union 15-14-6 10-7-5 T-4th
2008-2009 Union 19-17-3 9-11-2 8th
2009-2010 Union 21-12-6 12-6-4 3rd
2010-2011 Union 26-10-4 17-3-2 1st NCAA Regional Final
Bowling Green: 138-127-35
Providence (Hockey East) (2011–Present)
2011-2012 Providence 14-20-4 10-14-3 7th
2012-2013 Providence 17-14-7 13-8-6 T-3rd
2013-2014 Providence 22-11-6 11-7-2 3rd NCAA Regional Final

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Keith Allain
Tim Taylor Award
Succeeded by

Rick Bennett
Preceded by
Wayne Wilson
Spencer Penrose Award
Succeeded by
Bob Daniels