Dick Umile

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Dick Umile
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Current position
Title Head coach
Team New Hampshire
Biographical details
Born (1948-12-21) December 21, 1948 (age 68)
Melrose, Massachusetts
Playing career
1969–1972 New Hampshire
Position(s) Forward
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975–1985 Watertown High School
1985–1987 Providence (assistant)
1988–1990 New Hampshire (assistant)
1990–2018 New Hampshire
Head coaching record
Overall 586-353-108 (.611)
Accomplishments and honors
1997 Hockey East Regular Season Champion
1999 Hockey East Regular Season Champion
2002 Hockey East Regular Season Champion
2002 Hockey East Tournament Champion
2003 Hockey East Regular Season Champion
2003 Hockey East Tournament Champion
2007 Hockey East Regular Season Champion
2008 Hockey East Regular Season Champion
2010 Hockey East Regular Season Champion
1991 Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award
1997 Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award
1999 Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award
1999 Spencer Penrose Award
2002 Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award
2007 Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award
2007 Italian-American Hall of Fame
2009 New Hampshire Legends of Hockey
2010 Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award

Richard "Dick" Umile is an American ice hockey coach currently in charge at New Hampshire. Umile has held the post since 1990–91 and has the most wins in the team's history.[1]


Dick Umile began attending New Hampshire in the fall of '68, sitting out his freshman year (as per NCAA rules) and started playing for the Wildcats' as a Forward under legendary UNH coach Charlie Holt. Umile's playing career ended once he graduated in 1972 but he returned to the sport as the head coach for the Watertown Red Raiders in 1975 and rebuilt that unsuccessful team into a state champion within ten years.[2] Umile was lured back into the college ranks by the newly appointed head coach at Providence, former UNH teammate Mike McShane, but only two years in, Umile resigned.[3]

A year later, Umile ran into Bob Kullen who was recovering from a recent heart transplant and was enticed to return to his alma mater as an assistant coach. Two seasons later, Kullen's health took a sudden turn for the worst and Umile was thrust into the head coaching position just prior to the 1990–91 season.[4] The season soon became dedicated to Kullen when the former coach died on November 2[3] and the team responded by giving New Hampshire its first winning season in seven years.[1] After the season, Umile was awarded with Hockey East's Coach of the Year Award, newly renamed in Bob Kullen Honor.[5]

The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade.[1] Four years later New Hampshire would win its first Hockey East Regular Season title, and its first conference title in 23 years, behind a then-record 28-win season. Two years later the Wildcats would post their first 30-win season and march all the way to the 1999 NCAA Championship Game before being defeated by conference rival Maine 3-2 in overtime.[6] New Hampshire would continue to perform strongly under Umile and made it back to the title tilt four years later but were downed by Minnesota 5-1 in 2003.

Over the course of his 24 years at the helm, Umile has coached the Wildcats to 22 winning seasons, with twenty of them having at least 20 wins. He hold the school record for most statistical categories including Frozen Four appearances (4), NCAA Tournament appearances (18), consecutive tournament appearances (10), and Conference Regular Season Titles (7), and is the only coach in school history to provide conference tournament titles (2002 and 2003). For his efforts Umile has received the Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award a record six times[7] as well as the Spencer Penrose Award in 1999[8] and was named to both the Italian-American Hall of Fame (2007) and the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey (2009).[9] He has announced his intention to retire after the 2017-18 season.

College Head Coaching record[10][edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
New Hampshire Wildcats (Hockey East) (1990-91–present)
1990-91 New Hampshire 22-11-2 10-9-2 5th Hockey East Quarterfinals
1991-92 New Hampshire 24-11-2 15-4-2 1st† NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals
1992-93 New Hampshire 18-17-3 11-11-2 3rd Hockey East Consolation Game (Loss)
1993-94 New Hampshire 25-12-3 13-9-2 3rd NCAA East Regional Semifinals
1994-95 New Hampshire 22-10-4 14-6-4-0 3rd NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals
1995-96 New Hampshire 12-18-4 8-12-4-1 6th Hockey East Quarterfinals
1996-97 New Hampshire 28-11-0 18-6-0 t-1st NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals
1997-98 New Hampshire 25-12-1 15-8-1 3rd NCAA Frozen Four
1998-99 New Hampshire 31-7-3 18-3-3 1st NCAA Runner-Up
1999-00 New Hampshire 23-9-6 13-5-6 2nd NCAA West Regional Quarterfinals
2000-01 New Hampshire 21-12-6 13-8-5 4th Hockey East Quarterfinals
2001-02 New Hampshire 30-7-3 17-4-3 1st NCAA Frozen Four
2002-03 New Hampshire 28-8-6 15-5-4 1st NCAA Runner-Up
2003-04 New Hampshire 20-15-6 10-8-6 4th NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals
2004-05 New Hampshire 26-11-5 15-5-4 t-2nd NCAA Northeast Regional Final
2005-06 New Hampshire 20-13-7 14-7-6 4th NCAA East Regional Semifinals
2006-07 New Hampshire 26-11-2 18-7-2 1st NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals
2007-08 New Hampshire 25-10-3 19-5-3 1st NCAA West Regional Semifinals
2008-09 New Hampshire 20-13-5 15-8-4 3rd NCAA Northeast Regional Final
2009-10 New Hampshire 18-14-7 15-6-6 1st NCAA East Regional Final
2010-11 New Hampshire 22-11-6 17-6-4 2nd NCAA Northeast Regional Final
2011-12 New Hampshire 15-19-3 11-14-2 6th Hockey East Quarterfinals
2012-13 New Hampshire 19-11-7 13-8-6 t-3rd NCAA Northeast Regional Final
2013-14 New Hampshire 21-17-1 11-9-0 t-4th Hockey East Runner-Up
2014-15 New Hampshire 19-19-2 10-11-1 8th Hockey East Semi-Finals
2015-16 New Hampshire 11-20-6 4-12-6 10th Hockey East First Round
2016-17 New Hampshire 15-20-5 7-10-4 10th Hockey East Quarterfinals
New Hampshire: 586-353-108 321-206-85
Total: 586-353-108

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

† Maine was required to forfeit 13 games after the conclusion of the season and subsequently dropped from 1st place to 3rd, though they are still considered league champions for the year

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "New Hampshire Men's Hockey Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Richard Umile". Watertown High School Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  3. ^ a b "True to His School". Seacoast Online. 2002-04-03. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  4. ^ "Dick Umile Year-By-Year Coaching Record". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  5. ^ "Robert A. Kullen '71". Bowdoid Polar Bears. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  6. ^ "NCAA Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  7. ^ "Hockey East Awards". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  8. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  9. ^ "Dick Umile". New Hampshire Wildcats. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  10. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shawn Walsh
Bruce Crowder
Bruce Crowder
Paul Pooley
Jack Parker
Greg Cronin
Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award
2009–10 (With Mark Dennehy)
Succeeded by
Jack Parker
Bruce Crowder
Jack Parker
Don Cahoon
Kevin Sneddon
Jerry York
Preceded by
Tim Taylor
Spencer Penrose Award
Succeeded by
Joe Marsh