UMass Lowell Extends Norm Bazin Through 2018

Justin Soderberg-View from 123

Justin Soderberg-View from 123

Dana Skinner, UMass Lowell’s Athletic Director, has announced the school has extended the contract of UMass Lowell’s hockey coach Norm Bazin through the 2018 season.

Bazin is coming off two of the most successful year’s in UMass Lowell hockey history, including a 28-11-1 record this past season on his way to the school’s first ever Hockey East regular season title, Hockey East Championship and trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. The Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba native won Hockey East Coach of the Year following the 2011-12 season, plus both the Hockey East Coach of the Year and Spencer Penrose Award for Division I Coach of the Year following the 2012-13 season.

This contract extension marks the second in as many years for Bazin, who earned his first in July of 2012, following a stellar debut season that saw the River Hawks (24-13-1) and reach the NCAA Tournament.

Bazin graduated from UMass Lowell in 1994 after play hockey for the River Hawks for four seasons (1990-94). The former forward skated in 104 games for the River Hawks, tallying 36 goals and 36 assists for 72 points. His best season in Lowell was his senior year when he netted 20 goals and 15 assists for 35 points.

Following his time in Lowell, Bazin went on to spend 18 games with the Birmingham Bulls of the ECHL before joining the coaching staff as an assistant in 1997. Bazin spent three seasons with the River Hawks before heading across the country to assist for the Colorado College program from 2000-08.

Bazin got his first head coach job with Hamilton College (Division III) from 2008-11 and finally ending up back in Lowell to lead the UMass Lowell River Hawks to success.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Chancellor (Marty) Meehan and Dana Skinner for their show of support in the direction of our hockey program,” Bazin said. “The team, my staff and I have been able to accomplish a number of firsts last season and I’m thrilled to see them acknowledge those efforts. As an alumnus, I am proud of the growth I am seeing on our campus and I look forward to being part of that progress for many years to come.”

Justin Soderberg has covered the UMass Lowell River Hawks and Hockey East for over two years. Soderberg also contributes to Boston Bruins coverage for Inside Hockey. Follow him on twitter: @JMSoderberg