Parker Burgess tapped to lead Bison

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DUDLEY, Mass -- Afrter serving as an assistant at St. Thomas for the previous five seasons, Parker Burgess will now head east as he has been named the head men's coach at Nichols, it was announced on Tuesday. Burgess takes over for Kevin Swallow, who resigned last month to accept the head position at the Univeristy of New England.

"I am excited and honored to be named head coach of the Nichols men's ice hockey program," said Burgess in a release. "I want to thank Director of Athletics Chris Colvin and all of the Nichols administrators for this opportunity. It is an exciting time to be at Nichols College and Jessie and I are looking forward to making the move to Massachusetts. I would be remised if I didn't thank my family and Jessie for all their support throughout this process and my coaching career. I can't wait to get on the ice and get started. Jessie and I are elated to be a part of the Nichols family."

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Burgess served as an assistant at St. Thomas from 2010-13 before being promoted to associate head coach, a position in which he served for the past two seasons. During his time in Mendota Heights, Burgess was head recruiter and helped guide the Tommies to three MIAC regular season titles, one MIAC postseason title and one NCAA tournament appearance.

"Parker Burgess rose to the top of a very competitive application pool of over 100 candidates," said Colvin in the release. "The combination of Parker's vast experience at St. Thomas, his focus on the full development of the student-athlete as a campus leader, and his process-focused approach to coaching made it clear that he was the right person to lead Nichols ice hockey into the future. I am pleased and excited to welcome Parker to Nichols College."

"Coach Swallow has left big shoes to fill. He did an excellent job recruiting and creating a championship culture at Nichols," Burgess said. "I want to build on the program's recent success and take it to even higher levels."

As a player, Burgess spent his first two seasons at Division I Robert Morris before transferring to St. Thomas. In two seasons with the Tommies, he saw action in 50 games where he posted 20 goals and 21 assists en route to being a two-time All-MIAC selection. He graduated in 2011 with a degree in Communication Journalism and earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership in 2013.

Over the past five years Burgess has also spent time as a coach or evalulator for the Minnesota Select 15's, Great 8 Minnesota State High School League, and College Hockey Sweden.

"I am excited to work with a great group of returning student-athletes and several high-end recruits. It is my goal for the student-athletes to achieve success both on the ice and in the classroom, as well as be leaders on campus. Our goal will be to bring a National Championship to Nichols. That said, we will not lose sight of the process and the little details necessary to have success. We will be an honest, hard-working team which will compete hard every game and not take a back seat to anyone."



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