Norton takes over at Tufts

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MEDFORD, Mass. - Pat Norton, who has nearly 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and prep school levels, has been hired as the next head coach of the Tufts University
men's ice hockey program.

"We are very excited that Pat will be joining the Jumbo family and leading our men’s ice hockey program," said Director of Athletics John Morris. "Throughout our search process, Pat distinguished himself as someone who is truly committed to the ideals that characterize Tufts Athletics. He is passionate, in equal measure, about achieving excellence, winning championships, and using athletics participation as a vehicle to provide our student-athletes with a transformational educational experience  that will benefit them for the rest of their lives."

A 1996 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he was a member of the hockey team, Norton began his coaching career as an assistant at Division III power Norwich University from 1996-2000. During his tenure with the Cadets, he was an integral part of three NCAA "Frozen Four" teams, including the 1999-2000 squad which won the national championship.

Norton moved on to assistant coaching positions at the Division I level with the University of Vermont from 2000-2003 and with Northeastern University for the 2003-2004 season.

While playing a key role in recruiting at all three of his previous collegiate stops, Norton developed a strong national network of contacts in the sport.  

For the past 11 seasons (2004-15), Norton was head coach of the hockey program at the Tilton School in New Hampshire. Members of the New England Prep Schools Interscholastic Hockey Association (NEPSIHA), Tilton competes at the highest level of prep school hockey. During Norton's tenure, the Rams were Lakes Region champions in 2010 and 2011 as well as New England Small School Semi-finalists in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Norton has also been a USA Hockey New England District Coach and Evaluator since 1998.

At Tufts, Norton will take over a Jumbo team which is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), the most athletically and academically competitive league in the country.

"Every once in a while a special opportunity becomes available and to me becoming the head hockey coach at Tufts is that kind of opportunity," Norton said. "I believe my experience and hockey network will allow me to build a first-rate hockey program that reflects Tufts University's values. I'm very excited to get started."

Tufts, which advanced to the NESCAC Championship semifinals last season, begins the 2015-16 season at Trinity College on Friday, November 20. 

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