|Notre Dame Brings Home Alumnus Tim Belcher ’93 to Coach Hockey Team|
For Immediate Release: June 14, 2013
Notre Dame Brings Home Alumnus Tim Belcher ’93 to Coach Hockey Team
West Haven -- The last time Tim Belcher ’93 wore an ND hockey uniform, he was skating around the then-Hartford Civic Center ice hoisting the CIAC Division I Championship trophy following the Green Knights 3-2 win over Trinity Catholic in March of 1993.
Fast-forward 20 years and Belcher, who was one of three captains of that 92-93 title team, accepted the Notre Dame head ice hockey coaching position Friday and will look to replicate that championship celebration, this time as the bench boss of the Green Knights.
Belcher, who becomes the first former player to also guide the hockey team as head coach, replaces Bill Gerosa, who guided Notre Dame to a 215-115-10 record and state titles in 2002 and 2012 in his 15-year tenure as head coach. Belcher praised Gerosa and the success he had at Notre Dame. Belcher said, “It will be hard to replace Coach Gerosa. He was a tremendous coach, teacher of the game, and person. I wish him well in his retirement.”
“Tim Belcher is the ideal person to succeed Bill Gerosa as head coach of Notre Dame High School,” said Athletic Director Tom Marcucci ’66. “As a four-year varsity player and captain of our 1993 state championship team, Tim is well versed in the tradition of the Notre Dame Hockey program. He is an experienced head coach at the high school level and he will keep in proper perspective the role of hockey within our student-athletes overall educational experience. We are pleased to welcome Tim back to Notre Dame and are confident that he will continue to keep the reputation and success of the hockey program at a level that we have come to expect.”
“Tom Marcucci did a great job in the search process and to bring in a hockey alumnus with the credentials that Tim Belcher has from an academic and hockey standpoint is a coup for our hockey program,” said Notre Dame President Br. James Branigan, C.S.C. “Tim knows what it means to be a part of the Notre Dame community and he will be a great leader for our hockey program.”
“To be the first former hockey player named head coach is an incredible honor,” said Belcher. “I am grateful to Coach Marcucci and Brother James Branigan, C.S.C. for this opportunity and I assure the Notre Dame community that we will continue to strive for excellence both in the classroom and on the ice.”
Belcher added, “I think what I am looking forward to the most is being the leader of my alma mater! Winning a state championship in 1993 is one of my best memories from my Notre Dame experience and I want my players to all get a taste of that. Another thing I am looking forward to is being a part of the rivalries again. Playing Fairfield Prep, West Haven, and Hamden is going to be so much fun.”
Belcher, who holds the position of Assistant Director of Admissions at Southern Connecticut State University, has had success as the head coach at Lyman Hall High School since 2000. In that time, he has led the Trojans to the quarterfinal round of the CIAC Division II six times, including four appearances in the semifinals. His 2001 team won the SCC Division II hockey championship.
Belcher said, “It is going to be hard to leave Lyman Hall. I have been there since 1997 and I have many great memories there. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to be a head coach at a very young age and that has paid off. I have certainly grown as a coach over the years.”
Belcher, who will meet with his new team for the first time sometime next week, can’t wait to get started. He said, “I cannot wait to meet the team. I am going to sit down with them and we are going to hit the ground running.”
A passionate and intense player in his four-year playing career at Notre Dame, Belcher brings those same qualities to his coaching. “On the ice, I preach passion and intensity,” said Belcher. “Anyone that knew me as a player knew how intense and passionate I was and typically players take on the personality of their head coach. As for style on the ice, it is defense first with me. If we can take care of our defensive zone, we will be in every game and have chances to win every game.”
Belcher was a two-sport standout at Notre Dame, also captaining the Notre Dame baseball team as a senior earning all-State honors. He went on to a standout baseball career at Quinnipiac University, where as a senior he was a First Team Division II All-American and the Division II New England Collegiate baseball player of the year. Inducted into the Quinnipiac University Athletic Hall of Fame in February of 2009, Belcher still holds the schools’ single-season record for home runs and rbi’s from his senior year. He also holds the NCAA all-division record for grand slams in a season.
Belcher will run his first practice with his first-year Notre Dame team on Monday, December 2, 2013. He will make his debut as Notre Dame head coach on December 13, 2013 when the Green Knights take on New Canaan at the Bennett Rink.