|Title:||Head Men's Ice Hockey Coach|
|Alma Mater:||U. of Connecticut, 1995|
The 2013-14 season, will mark the eighth 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 culminated in the program’s best season in over 30 years in 2012-13 and his first two career Coach of the Year awards.
Belisle led a Beacons squad comprised of 13 freshmen to the program’s best record in 30 years at 19-6-2 and the team’s best finish in two decades, ending the regular season second in the ECAC East Conference.
He became the first coach in program history to be named ECAC East Conference Coach of the Year in March, before being honored as the New England Division II/III Coach of the Year by the New England Hockey Writer’s Association in April.
The season brought a series of firsts for the program under Belisle, including the team earning a spot in both national polls, coaching an ECAC East Rookie of the Year (Peter MacIntyre) and producing the program’s first All-American since 1992 (Rob Florentino).
After a 2-2-1 start, the Beacons racked up seven consecutive victories, including winning the program’s fourth Codfish Bowl Championship Title with a 6-3 victory over Johnson & Wales University. Belisle led the squad to a second eight game unbeaten streak to finish off January, and the team cruised into the postseason with the third ranked offense in the nation at 4.67 goals per game.
The team’s success on the ice coincided with a strong run in the polls as well, as UMass Boston ended the year with a nine-week run in the USCHO.com and D3Hockey.com Polls, including rising as high as #9 in the D3Hockey.com poll on February 4.
UMass Boston knocked off the University of England in the ECAC East Quarterfinals to record the program’s first playoff victory since the 2008-09 season. With the win, Belisle moved into first place all-time in UMass Boston playoff history with his fourth career postseason victory.
The Beacons also saw great success in the postseason awards, recording the most All-Conference selections (six), All-Region honorees (two) and tying the program mark for All-Americans (one).
In 2011-12, 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 1999-00.
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.
He currently sits second all-time in career wins at 83-90-12, five victories shy of Joe Mallen, the first head coach in program history.
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.