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Sacred Heart Names Marottolo New Coach

CHN Staff Report

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Sacred Heart has named long-time Yale assistant C.J. Marottolo as its new head  coach.

Marottolo takes over from Shaun Hannah, who resigned in September after 13 years behind the Pioneer bench, and becomes the fourth coach in school history.

"It is an honor and privilege to be named the next head hockey coach at Sacred Heart University," said Marottolo in a press release. "Sacred Heart's commitment to excellence in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and giving back to the community are three defining attributes that attracted me to this great university."

Four people were interviewed for the position, including assistant coach Lou Santini. Sacred Heart played an exhibition game last weekend without a new head coach, but has until October 23 before its first official game.

The Pioneers went 11-23-4 last season, finishing eighth of 10 teams in Atlantic Hockey and losing to eventual league champion Air Force in the conference quarterfinals.

Marottolo was on the Yale men's hockey staff for 13 seasons and helped the Bulldogs reach the NCAA tournament twice, including the 2008-09 season. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2003. He was passed over for the Yale head coaching job in favor of Keith Allain, but remained on the staff.

Marottolo played collegiate hockey at Northeastern and graduated in 1989.

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