|Title:||Head Men's Ice Hockey Coach|
|Alma Mater:||U. of Connecticut, 1995|
The 2012-13 season, will mark the seventh year behind the UMass Boston bench for Head Coach Peter Belisle. Since taking over the program, Belisle has lifted the Beacons to new heights which included a run to the ECAC East Championship game in 2008-09. Belisle currently stands tied for most playoff victories in program history.
Last season, Belisle helped the Beacons make history twice as they upended two top-5 teams in less than month. He first led UMass Boston to a 2-1 win over previously unbeaten and top-ranked Norwich University. Less than three weeks later, lightning struck twice as Belisle's Beacons defeated fifth ranked Castleton State College. At the end of the year, Belisle saw senior netminder Kevin Bendel '12 earn ECAC East Goalie of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors. He also had two other players earn All-Conference honors.
During the 2010-11 season, Belisle guided the Beacons to a third
place regular season finish in the ECAC East to secure the
program's first home playoff game since the 1999-00 campaign. The
team captured 15 wins for the highest total since the 1991-92
season while posting an above .500 mark for the first time since
Over his career, the UMass Boston mentor's hallmark has been motivating his teams to win the big games, including a road victory over nationally-ranked Middlebury College in 2008 for the second straight season and a 1-0 overtime road win over nationally-ranked Norwich University to become the first number eight seed to defeat a number one seed in ECAC East Tournament history in 2009. He followed that by directing the team to a semifinals win to land the Beacons in the ECAC East championship for the first time in school history.
Belisle's second season saw him construct a team that registered the highest win total at UMass Boston in eight campaigns, while winning the school's first playoff game since 2000. Along the way, the Beacons won their first Codfish Bowl championship since 1997, defeated a pair of nationally-ranked teams and received votes in the USCHO.com national poll in two consecutive weeks to end their season. Belisle's team also boasted the first ECAC East Goalie of the Year and saw production from some of the most talented freshmen in the region, including a member of the ECAC East All-Rookie team.
Belisle became the program's 11th varsity head coach after spending nine years with Division I University of Connecticut as an assistant coach. The New England Native spent his first year of coaching with College of the Holy Cross, where he helped guide the Crusaders to their first playoff victory in 13 years. He returned to UConn the following season to help guide the program that he was once a part of as a four-year standout player. Belisle helped direct the Huskies to a 19-16-1 mark in 1999-2000, en-route to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in 2000 and was behind the bench for UConn's second 20-win season in 1998-99 when it put together a 20-10-4 mark, including an 18-6-4 record in MAAC play.
Prior to his joining the coaching ranks, Belisle was a four-year letter winner with the Huskies from 1991-95 as a forward. During his playing tenure at Storrs, UConn posted one of the greatest four-year periods in school-history with a 71-25-12 mark, including four ECAC playoff appearances. He is still the second all-time leading playoff goal scorer in Connecticut ice hockey history and during his junior season, was the recipient of UConn's 7th Player Award. During his career with the Huskies, he tallied 36 goals and 42 assists for a total of 78 points.
Belisle's coaching experience is not limited to his collegiate tenure, having instructed and been a coach at several of New England's premier hockey camps as well. He has served as a head instructor at the Connecticut Hockey Experience, the Learn to Skate Program at UConn, Bill Belisle's Hockey School, and the Mount Saint Charles Instructional Hockey Program and for the past three summers, Belisle coached at the USA Hockey Team New England Select 14 and Select 15 Player Development Camp.
Prior to his collegiate career, Belisle was a part of Mount Saint Charles Academy teams that captured the Rhode Island State championship twice and, during his junior season, the Mounties' success wasn't limited to the state level as they were crowned national champions as well.
The native of Manville, RI, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, management from UConn in 1995 and followed that with a master of arts degree in sport management in 1999 also at the Storrs campus.
Belisle currently resides in Cumberland, RI with his wife, Carrie, their daughters, Madeleine, Norah and Halle.