Northeastern tapped into its alumni network once again to fill an opening behind the bench, as Jason Guerriero was announced on Monday as the new assistant coach for Jerry Keefe’s staff. Guerriero replaces Mike McLaughlin who stepped down last month to take a job outside hockey.
Guerriero, a 2005 Northeastern graduate, comes most recently from his post as Associate Head Coach at Brown University, where he was in charge of coaching the forwards and special teams. Prior to working at Brown for seven years, he had assistant coaching positions at Yale and Holy Cross.
In the school’s press release, Head Coach Jerry Keefe says of Guerriero: “We are very excited to welcome Jason back to Northeastern. He has a proven track record as a great teacher and developer for our student-athletes. He had a lot of success as a player at Northeastern, and now we are looking forward to seeing his impact on our program as a coach.”
Guerriero is a former captain at Northeastern and one of the greatest forwards in program history. His 147 career points are 13th best all time, settling him in the same range as Huskies legends Dylan Sikura, Zach Aston-Reese, and Kevin Roy. As a senior he was named a First Team All-American. After his collegiate career, Guerriero played six seasons of professional hockey including multiple years in the AHL and internationally in Europe.
The timing of Guerriero’s hiring could not be more crucial for the Huskies, as August 1st brings with it the re-opening of recruiting and the ability of rising juniors in high school to commit to their college programs. With the rise of the program and sustained success they’ve shown the last half decade, expect Northeastern to be in the mix for the top-end players of that pool, with Guerriero hitting the ground running on the recruiting trail.
Congratulations to Jason on his hiring and we welcome him and his family back to Northeastern! We look forward to seeing Jason behind the bench this Fall and for seasons to come. Hockey season is under three months away, and it can’t come soon enough.
As always, go Huskies!
Feature photo via NUHuskies.com and Northeastern University