June 3, 2005
Pooley Reunites With Jackson at Notre Dame
New Irish coach also retains long-time assistant Slaggert

Paul Pooley

By Nate Ewell and Mike Eidelbes

In his mission to overhaul the Notre Dame hockey program, coach Jeff Jackson will be joined by one assistant familiar with his methods and one familiar with the university.

As reported by Inside College Hockey earlier this week, Jackson officially added long-time Providence head coach Paul Pooley as his associate head coach Friday. Jackson also retained Andy Slaggert, a former Notre Dame player who has served as an assistant at his alma mater since 1993.

Jackson and Pooley worked together at Lake Superior State from 1991-94, when the Lakers advanced to three consecutive NCAA championship games. Pooley began his coaching career as an assistant at Ohio State, his alma mater, following a three-year career in the NHL and minor leagues.

Pooley, who announced his resignation from Providence Friday, comes to Notre Dame on the heels of a disappointing seventh-place Hockey East finish for the Friars in 2004-05. The team's 12-21-4 record was their worst of his 11-year tenure.

Pooley finished his Providence career as the second-longest tenured coach at the school, with the second-most wins (185). His overall career record stands at 185-187-40. He led the team to five top-four finishes in Hockey East play, including a tie for second in 2000-01, a Hockey East playoff title in 1996, and NCAA Tournament appearances in 1996 and 2001.

Pooley's move will lead to the third coaching change in Hockey East entering the 2005-06 season. Greg Cronin has replaced Bruce Crowder at Northeastern, and Chris Serino stepped down as the Merrimack head coach last month. A replacement has yet to be named at Merrimack.

Slaggert, meanwhile, enters his 13th season as a Notre Dame assistant and will be working for his third coach (he also served under Poulin's predecessor, Ric Schafer). A two-year letterwinner for the Fighting Irish, Slaggert will keep his role as coordinator of the team's recruiting efforts.

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