Tim Whitehead (ice hockey)

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Tim Whitehead
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Biographical details
Born born 1961
Lawrenceville, NJ, USA
Alma mater Hamilton College
Playing career
1981–1985 Hamilton
Position(s) Forward
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1990 Middlebury (Assistant)
1990–1991 Maine (Assistant)
1991–1996 Massachusetts-Lowell (Assistant)
1996–2001 Massachusetts-Lowell
2001–2013 Maine
2013–Present Kimball Union Academy
Head coaching record
Overall 326-266-65 (.546) (college)
Accomplishments and honors
2004 Hockey East tournament champion
2002 Spencer Penrose Award

Tim Whitehead is an American ice hockey coach at Kimball Union Academy, a boarding school in Meriden, New Hampshire. He was formerly the head coach at Maine for 12 years and Massachusetts-Lowell for 5.[1]


Whitehead spent four years at Hamilton College, graduating from the Division II school in 1985 before embarking on his coaching career. He returned to the D-II ranks as an assistant at Middlebury for two years before joining the powerhouse program at Maine for the 1990–91 season. Whitehead's next stop was at Massachusetts-Lowell where he would remain as an assistant to Bruce Crowder for five years before replacing him in 1996. Whitehead would remain head coach of the River Hawks for a further five seasons before returning to Maine to replace his former boss Shawn Walsh who succumbed to cancer prior to the 2001–02 season.[2]

While only an interim head coach in his first season with the Black Bears, Whitehead could take the team all the way to the NCAA title game, losing to Minnesota 4-3 in overtime. Whitehead received the Spencer Penrose Award for his efforts as well as having the interim tag removed from his job title. Two years later he would take Maine back to the championship match, this time losing 1-0 to Denver. Whitehead's success in Orono would continue through the 2006–07 season including two more trips to the Frozen Four but the Black Bears started going through a slump towards the end of the decade. Maine would miss the NCAA tournament four consecutive years until returning for a one-game appearance in 2012. After an 11-win, injury-plagued season in 2012–13 Whitehead was fired by an athletic department trying to find a way to regain a revenue stream that had been declining for 5 years.[3]

Shortly after his removal Whitehead was named as the head coach for Kimball Union Academy[4] promptly leading the prep school to its second title in his first year behind the bench.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Tim lives with his wife, Dena, and his two children, Natalie (12) and Zachary (10).

College Head Coaching record[6][7][edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UMass Lowell River Hawks (Hockey East) (1996–2001)
1996–97 Massachusetts-Lowell 15-21-2 9-14-1 7th Hockey East Third Place Game (Tie)
1997–98 Massachusetts-Lowell 16-17-3 11-10-3 5th Hockey East Semifinals
1998–99 Massachusetts-Lowell 17-19-0 9-15-0 t-6th Hockey East Quarterfinals
1999–00 Massachusetts-Lowell 9-22-3 5-16-3 9th
2000–01 Massachusetts-Lowell 19-16-3 10-11-3 5th Hockey East Semifinals
Massachusetts-Lowell: 76-95-11 44-66-10
Maine Black Bears (Hockey East) (2001–2013)
2001–02 Maine 26-11-7 14-5-5 t-2nd NCAA Runner-Up
2002–03 Maine 24-10-5 14-6-4 3rd NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals
2003–04 Maine 33-8-3 17-5-2 2nd NCAA Runner-Up
2004–05 Maine 20-13-7 13-6-5 4th NCAA West Regional Semifinals
2005–06 Maine 28-12-2 17-8-2 t-2nd NCAA Frozen Four
2006–07 Maine 23-15-2 14-12-1 t-5th NCAA Frozen Four
2007–08 Maine 13-18-3 9-15-3 9th
2008–09 Maine 13-22-4 7-17-3 8th Hockey East Quarterfinals
2009–10 Maine 19-17-3 13-12-2 t-3rd Hockey East Runner-Up
2010–11 Maine 17-12-7 14-8-5 5th Hockey East Quarterfinals
2011–12 Maine 23-14-3 15-10-2 4th NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals
2012–13 Maine 11-19-8 7-12-8 t-7th Hockey East Quarterfinals
Maine: 250-171-54 154-116-42
Total: 326-266-65

      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


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dean Blais
Spencer Penrose Award
Succeeded by
Bob Daniels