June 1, 2009 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Grillo Steps Down at Brown

by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor

Roger Grillo, head coach at Brown for the past 12 seasons, has resigned to take a position at USA Hockey, according to CHN sources. Grillo informed the team Sunday evening.

Grillo replaced Bob Gaudet in 1997, coming over from Vermont, where he had helped build a Frozen Four team that included Martin St. Louis, Eric Perrin and Tim Thomas.

Gaudet had taken Brown to the NCAA tournament in 1994, but Grillo could not continue that level of success.

Grillo's best four seasons at Brown coincided with current NHL goaltender Yann Danis' four seasons, 2001-2005. Danis was a Hobey Baker Award finalist in 2005, and the team went 16-14-3, its best record in the Grillo era. It last made the ECAC final four in 2003.

Otherwise, Grillo was 120-205-52 overall, and in five different seasons, the Bears failed to crack six wins. Brown was 5-23-5 this past season, one marked by player departures. The last two wins were shutouts by goalie Mike Clemente against Harvard in the first round of the ECAC playoffs.

More details to follow.

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