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After a highly competitive search that included D1 assistants from Union and Umass-Lowell in the candidate pool, The University of New England has found its next men's head coach. The University announced today that Nichols head coach and University of Maine graduate Kevin Swallow has been hired as the next head coach of the Nor'easters. Swallow replaces the program's original bench boss, Brad Holt.
"I am extremely excited to be taking over the University of New England men's hockey program," Swallow said in the institution's release. "The team is on the verge of greatness, and with everything UNE has to offer, I feel like the sky is the limit for the program. I plan to instill the same culture and philosophies we had at Nichols, and our student-athletes will be expected to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives."
Swallow moves to the top post at UNE following three highly successful seasons at Nichols, in which he complied a .713 winning percentage. He led the Bison to back-to-back NCAA tournament Pool A bids as champions of the ECAC Northeast in 2014 and 2015. Prior to Swallow's tenure at Nichols, the Bison had won the ECAC Northeast tournament title just once in school history. Swallow also aided in the development of two 2015 AHCA All-American selections in defenseman Kyle Shapiro and goaltender Alex Larson.
Before accepting the head coach job at Nichols, Swallow spent the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach under Dominick Dawes at Neumann. Neumann advanced to the finals of the ECAC West tournament that year.
As a player, Swallow played two years at Dartmouth College, before wrapping up his collegiate career with the University of Maine in the 2009-2010 season. Swallow played with the USA NTDP Under-18 Team and the USHL's Chicago Steel prior to attending college. He recorded an assist for Team USA at the 2004 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championships, and took home a silver medal playing alongside current NHL players Cory Schneider, Phil Kessel, Jack Johnson, Nathan Gerbe, and Jack Skille.
The search for a new head coach at Nichols is presently underway.