John Rolli, a 1969 Stoneham High
graduate, had a passion for hockey that began while skating outside at
Rec Park in Stoneham. He carried this love of hockey from those early
days to a successful coaching career at UMass Dartmouth.
During 24 seasons as head ice hockey
coach at UMass Dartmouth, John Rolliís teams have put together an
unprecedented record of accomplishment in New England collegiate ice
hockey. Rolliís career record at UMass Dartmouth through the 2008
season was 484-128-21 (.783), which ranks as the highest winning
percentage of any college hockey coach in the country for all NCAA
In March of 2009, Rolli won his 500th career game when the
Corsairs beat Johnson & Wales in the final game of the regular season.
Beginning the 2008-09 season, Rolli is
first among all active college hockey coaches in terms of winning
percentage. He is ranked eighth among all active coaches (18th overall)
and third in NCAA Division III with his 484 career wins. UMass
Dartmouthís post-season record of success continued with its 27th
tournament invitation in the last 27 seasons, dating back to the 1980-81
season. UMass Dartmouth has made the NCAA Division III Championships in
each of the last three seasons.
A six-time New England Hockey Writersí
Coach of the Year (1989, 1993, 1996, 2005, 2006 and 2007), Rolli was
selected as ECAC Co-Coach of the Year for the third straight year
following the 2007-2008 season.
John resides with his wife in Marion,