New Hampshire announced on Wednesday that head coach Dick Umile will return for the final season of his contract, and will retire following the 2017-18 season. At that point, associate head coach Mike Souza will replace him as head coach of the program.
Former Merrimack assistant coach, Glenn Stewart, is also currently an associate head coach at UNH.
“Coach Umile and I spoke about how this next season will be spent continuing the effort to re-build UNH hockey into a national caliber program that competes in the NCAA tournament and the Frozen Four,” UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano said in a press release.
“That has been, and always will be, our aspiration,” he added. “We are fortunate to have Mike Souza here changing the culture in recruiting and gaining more invaluable experience to become the 14th head coach of UNH hockey at the completion of the 2017-18 season.”
Umile signed a three-year contract extension in 2015 that takes him through next season. It will be his 28th season behind the UNH bench.
“I’m excited to come back for the final season of my contract and still have a strong desire to win,” Umile said in the release. “With a strong nucleus returning and exciting newcomers on the way, we are determined to get UNH hockey back to the level of annually competing in the NCAA tournament.”
“We look forward to the challenge of reaching NCAAs next year and our focus is on having the program in great shape when Mike Souza takes over as head coach,” Umile said.