Northeastern completed the promotion of Jason Smith to assistant coach on Thursday. Smith was serving as the team’s Director of Hockey Operations. He replaces Patrick Foley, who resigned last month.
“We are thrilled to add Jason as an assistant coach on our staff,” Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan said. “He did a tremendous job as our director of operations last season, and has had success as an assistant coach in the past. He has a great relationship with our student-athletes, knows our systems, and we believe that he will make a seamless transition into his new role.”
In his new position, Smith will work directly with the Northeastern defensive corps. He will also oversee the Huskies’ penalty killing unit and serve as the team’s academic liaison.
“I am honored to be a part of the coaching staff, and I would like to thank Coach Madigan and (assistant coach) Jerry Keefe, as well as athletic director Peter Roby, for this excellent opportunity,” Smith said. “This is a very exciting time to be at Northeastern, and I cannot wait to get started.”
Smith spent six years as an assistant coach at Holy Cross from 2007 to 2013, where he served as the recruiting coordinator and worked with all positions with an emphasis on forwards. He also coordinated team video and pre-scout video of opponents.
Smith arrived at Holy Cross from Babson College, where he was as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for four seasons. Babson won the ECAC East Championship in 2007 and earned its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1993. In total, Babson reached the ECAC East finals in three of the four seasons Smith was a part of the program. He previously served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Salem State College for four years. Smith was also the head women’s lacrosse coach at Salem State.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN