The unprecedented success of the Yale hockey program since Keith Allain ‘80 took over in 2006 has elevated the Bulldogs to be recognized among the nation’s perennial powers. The numbers tell the story of Yale’s ascension in the Allain era.
Allain, Yale’s Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey, took a team that was seeded 15th overall in the NCAA Tournament to a 2013 Frozen Four title after wins over three top seeds and a No. 2 seed. His Bulldogs won twice in OT (Minnesota, UMass Lowell), came from behind to beat North Dakota, and beat No. 1 Quinnipiac 4-0 at Pittsburgh for the national title.
Prior to that, he led the Blue to the best win percentage (.752) among Division I teams from 2008 to 2011 while coming within a game of two straight Frozen Four appearances.
The 2010-11 campaign had been the program’s best. Allain’s squad set the school record for wins (28-7-1), became the first Bulldog team to be voted No. 1 in the national polls (2 straight months), held the top PairWise Ranking for most of the year, won four straight conference playoff games to capture the ECAC Hockey Championship and beat Air Force in OT at the NCAA East Regional as the top seed in the 16-team field. In addition, the Blue ended the season with Division I’s top offense, defense and winning percentage.
Allain's 2009-10 team became Yale's first to take consecutive ECAC Hockey regular-season titles and have 20-win seasons. The Elis, who led the nation in scoring and finished with a No. 5 ranking in the polls, capped it off with a 3-2 win over North Dakota in the NCAA Northeast Regional at Worcester, Mass, that was considered the greatest win for the program to date. Yale fell to eventual national champion Boston College the next day despite scoring seven times.
The 2008-09 Tim Taylor Award as ECAC Hockey’s Coach of the Year went to Allain after he led Yale to a 24-win season, Yale’s first ECAC Tournament Championship and a No. 5 national ranking. That season College Hockey News named him national coach of the year.
The current Yale head coach replaced his original mentor, Tim Taylor (1976-2006), whose first team included Allain. Taylor hired Allain to be his assistant from 1982 to 1985 before the prized pupil left the collegiate game to coach and scout in Sweden. He completed his 16th overall year at Yale in 2014-15: four as a student, three as an assistant coach in the early 1980s and nine as head coach. Only Taylor (337, 28 years) and Murray Murdoch (278, 27) have more wins at Yale than Allain, who owns a 20-16 ECAC post-season record (6-4 in NCAAs).
Allain, a former NHL and Olympics assistant, was named the 11th head coach of the Yale men's program on April 15, 2006. Allain is the third Yale graduate to take the position and the first since Holcomb York '17 led the Bulldogs from 1930 to 1938 (Lawrence M. Noble '27 coached the Elis from 1928 to 1930).
The starting goalie on four Bulldog squads, Allain owns the fourth-most (31) wins for a Yale netminder and ranks fourth at the school with 2,337 career saves. He owns four of the top 10 Yale single-game save totals, including 55 stops in a 7-3 loss at Minnesota on Dec. 28, 1978. Allain played two years (1980-82) of professional hockey in Sweden before suffering a career-ending injury.
Allain, the goalie coach for the St. Louis Blues from 1998 to 2006, watched his netminders give up the fewest goals in the NHL in 1999-2000, claiming the William M. Jennings Trophy. That season the Blues captured the President's Trophy for the best regular-season record in the league.
His professional hockey coaching experience also includes serving as a scout for the NHL's Nashville Predators in 1997-98 and a four-year (1993-97) stint as an assistant coach for the Washington Capitals, where he helped Jim Carey win the 1996 Vezina Trophy.
His extensive international coaching career includes serving as an assistant coach for the United States Olympic Team at the 1992 (Albertville) and 2006 (Torino) Games. He was an assistant for teams that played in the 1996 (won championship) and 2004 World Cup of Hockey. His involvement with USA Hockey includes guiding the U.S. as head coach at the 2001, 2002 and 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships. He also assisted with the 2005 and 2006 U.S. National Teams at the world championships.
Allain is a Worcester, Mass., native who has six brothers (five of them played college hockey) and a father who had played professionally in the old Eastern League. He and his wife, Mi, have three children: Josefine, Julia and Niklas.
1976-80: Attended Yale
1980-81: Professional player in Sweden
1982-85: Yale Assistant Coach
1985-86: Professional player/coach in Sweden
1986-89: Worked in the investment business
1989-91: Head Coach Jarfalla Hockey Club Sweden
1989-93: European Scout for Washington Capitals
1989-94: Assistant Coach Washington Capitals
1997-98:Professional Scout for Nashville Predators
1998-06: Assistant Coach St. Louis Blues
2006-07: Became Yale Head Coach
ALLAIN'S INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Years: Position, Team, Tournament
2011: Head Coach, U.S. Junior National, World Championships (Bronze)
2006: Assistant, U.S. National, World Championships
2006: Assistant, U.S. National, Olympic Games (Torino)
2005: Assistant, U.S. National, World Championships
2004: Goalie, U.S. National, World Cup
2002: Head, U.S. Junior National, World Championships (4-1-2)
2001: Head, U.S. Junior National, World Championships (5-2)
1996: Assistant, U.S. National, World Cup (1st)
1995: Head, U.S. National 17, Mexico Cup (2nd)
1994: Head, U.S. National 17, Pacific Cup (2nd)
1991-92: Assistant, U.S. National, Olympic Games (Albertville)
1990: Assistant, U.S. National 17, Summer Challenge
Articles on Allain
• NHL.com: Allain's arrival rejuvenates Yale
• New Haven Register: Allain Era Starts With Fond Memories
• Hartford Courant: Allain's Allegiance Brings Him Back as Yale Coach
• CSTV.com: True Blue, and a Dream Come True
• ESPN.com: Blues Assistant Allain Named Yale Hockey Coach
Keith Allain/USA Hockey Feature on Versus:
Dan Muse has helped the Bulldogs engineer a 2013 national championship, ECAC Hockey regular season and tournament titles, and six NCAA Tournament wins. All of that in six seasons at Ingalls Rink. The 2014-15 campaign was his second as associate head coach at Yale.
While helping the Elis reach a new level of success, Muse has also had an impact on Team USA. He had been video coach for USA Hockey's World Juniors in 2014 and 2013, taking a gold medal in the later.
Muse, an assistant at Sacred Heart University in 2008-09, came to Yale a few weeks prior to the 2009-10 season and made an immediate impact on a team trying to grab consecutive conference regular season championships and NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in the storied history of the program.
Muse, a 2005 Stonehill College graduate, was also an assistant at Williams (Mass.) College from 2007-2008 and at Milton (Mass.) Academy from 2005-2007. He taught high school history at Archbishop Williams High School while coaching at Milton.
At Sacred Heart and Williams, he helped prepare and execute training and practice plans and worked primarily with forwards. He also helped develop scouting reports and worked with video while assisting with recruiting efforts.
Muse has also coached at USA Hockey's Select Player Development Camps (14-17) since 2006 as well as various camps and clinics throughout the United States.
Muse, who earned a B.A. in criminal justice at Stonehill, served as assistant captain for the Chieftains his senior year and received the team's most improved player award in 2003. He was named to multiple ECAC Northeast/ Northeast-10 All-Academic Hockey Teams and is a recipient of the Canton (Mass.) High School Hockey Distinguished Alumni Award (2007).
Muse and his wife, Maureen, who have two daughters, Fiona and Niamh, reside in Clinton.
Jason Guerriero, the only Northeastern University player to lead Hockey East in scoring, completed his second season as assistant coach for the Yale men’s hockey team in 2014-15. He came to the Bulldogs after spending two seasons coaching at Holy Cross.
Guerriero, who captained the Huskies and was a first-team All-America forward in 2004-05, coached the Crusader forwards and penalty-kill unit his last two years in Worcester while recruiting and working with video and other aspects of team operations.
The 2005 Northeastern graduate (sociology) hit the net 49 times and had 147 collegiate points, including a career-high 17 goals and 48 points as a senior. In addition to the All-America honors, he was first team All-Hockey East, Northeastern’s Male Athlete of the Year and Rookie of the Year and Hockey East’s Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award winner. Guerriero also earned a spot on the Hockey East 25th Anniversary All-Northeastern team and was a New England Hockey All-Star and a Walter Brown Award runner-up.
Guerriero had a six-year professional hockey career, including two seasons (137 gp, 23-52-75) with the AHL Milwaukee Admirals, where he was assistant captain in 2007-2008. He also attended training camps with the New York Islanders and the Nashville Predators.
The Yale assistant coach also played outside the U.S., including stints in Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark. He led the 2010-11 Sonderjyske Hockey Club (Denmark) in scoring and was named the player of the month three times.
Guerriero’s other coaching experience has been with the Massachusetts Satellite Hockey Training Program and Power Hockey.
Guerriero and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Guerriero, have a daughter, Gabriella.
|Title:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
Josh Siembida, the former North Dakota (2001-03) and Quinnipiac (2004-06) goaltender, helped Jeff Malcolm become one of the most successful goalies in the history of Yale hockey during his first season as a volunteer coach at Yale in 2013-14. That work enabled Yale to win the 2013 Frozen Four and get Malcolm all-tournament honors.
In 2014-15, Siembida helped Alex Lyon win the Ken Dryden Award for the ECAC's top goalie while being a finalist for the Mike Richter Award. His second-year pupil also set school records for goals against, save percentage and shutouts.
The Timmins, Ontario, native played for the USHL Waterloo Blackhawks before going to college. He began his coaching career after graduating from Quinnipiac in 2006. Siembida, who resides in Hamden, is currently head coach of one of the Connecticut Yankees AAA teams, and has helped develop numerous prep, college and pro players.
|Title:||Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach|
Stephen Volek, who came to the Yale hockey program in January of 2015, is an assistant director of strength and conditioning, the same title he held at the University of Minnesota since September of 2013.
Volek currently assists with all aspects of training of the men's ice hockey teams. He is also responsible for the implementation of strength and conditioning programs for baseball, women’s lacrosse and field hockey.
Prior to Minnesota, he was an assistant performance coach at 1st Athlete in Edina, Minn., responsible for assisting with the implementation of off-season training programs for over 20 professional hockey players and over 30 NCAA hockey players.
He has also been the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Minnesota State University-Mankato, a position he held from November of 2012 to July of 2013, and at the University of Findlay from August 2010 until June of 2012. Volek also completed internships at the University of Minnesota in the spring of 2010 and the fall of 2012.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Volek is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds a master’s degree in sports management from California University of Pennsylvania.
He played club hockey at Penn State before earning his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2010.