Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The conclusion of Mike McShane's storied career as Norwich University Men's Hockey coach left huge shoes to fill. Earlier this week, the Cadets announced that they found the man to fill those shoes this season. Norwich University has announced the hiring of Cam Ellsworth as its eleventh head coach in program history. The announcement was made on Monday, with a formal welcoming in a Wednesday press conference on the University campus.
"I am extremely humbled and honored to be the next head men's ice hockey coach at Norwich University," Ellsworth said in the school's release. "I would like to thank the search committee and the leadership at Norwich University for their confidence in me. My wife Julie, son Asher and daughter Addyson are excited to integrate into the Norwich community and get started."
Ellsworth signs on with the Cadets with a very well seasoned background in Division I. He recently wrapped up a seven season run behind the bench as an assistant for the UMass-Lowell men. Working under the guidance of former Hamilton College head coach Norm Bazin, Ellsworth steered the Riverhawks to five NCAA tournament apperarances and three Hockey East titles while transforming the UMass Lowell program into a perennial national contender. The high point for the Riverhawks came in the 2012-13 season, when the Riverhawks qualified for their only Division I Frozen Four. In his time at Lowell, Ellsworth oversaw the development of NHL players Connor Hellebuyck and Chad Ruhwedel, among others. That collegiate resume proved quite attractive to Athletic Director Tony Mariano in his quest to replace one of the game's legends.
"Cam Ellsworth is an outstanding coach and seasoned recruiter who helped establish U-Mass Lowell as a national power in Division I college hockey," Mariano said. "He brings a wealth of experience to our hockey program and I am confident he can continue the success that Norwich hockey has attained."
Prior to Lowell, Ellsworth was an assistant with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League, where he coached ten future NHL draft picks. He played his collegiate hockey as a goaltender for Michigan Tech and professionally in the ECHL.
Looking forward, the Cadets also announced their plans to retain the team's existing support staff under Ellsworth for the upcoming season. Ellsworth will be assisted by longtime assistant and noted recruiter Steve Mattson, alongside Ronny DiMasi and alumni Bryce Currier and Chris Czarnota.