Head Coach Jim Madigan
Madigan brings more than 28 years of college and professional hockey experience to his post on Huntington Avenue. He played for the Huskies from 1981 to 1985 and was an assistant coach at the university from 1986 to 1993. He served as a professional scout for the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins from 1993 to 2011, winning a Stanley Cup in 2009.
With for one of the youngest rosters in college hockey consisting of 19 underclassmen, including 12 freshmen, Madigan guided the 2013-14 Huskies to one of their best seasons in program history. NU was 19-14-4, which was tied for the sixth most wins in team history as well as tied for the fourth largest turnaround in the NCAA. Madigan's squad reached the Beanpot championship game for the third time in the last four years and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Northeastern finished the 2013-14 campaign ranked 19th in the USCHO.com poll, and was ranked as high as ninth on two occasions, NU's highest ranking since the end of the 2008-09 season. The Huskies were also 18th in the final PairWise ranking, narrowly missing an at-large bid to the national tournament.
In his second season at the helm of the Huskies, Madigan's team experienced success in waves, most notably ending 25 years of history at the Beanpot Tournament. In the first round of the 2013 Beanpot on Feb. 4, Madigan's Huskies defeated Boston University, 3-2, for the first time since NU last raised the trophy on Feb. 8, 1988.
Starting off the 2012-13 campaign after a season-opening win over Merrimack, Madigan's club knocked off defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Boston College, 3-1, curbing BC's 19-game winning streak from the season prior.
In his first season as head coach, Madigan led the Huskies to their fifth-longest unbeaten streak in program history. Northeastern amassed a 7-0-1 mark from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31, 2011. It was the program's longest unbeaten string since the 2007-08 season.
Madigan tied for the third most wins in school history (13) as a first-year coach. Three of those victories occurred on the road against the No. 2 team in the country (Notre Dame and Minnesota).
As a professional hockey scout, Madigan demonstrated great skill in identifying and evaluating talent in a thorough and insightful manner. He served as a scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006 to 2011, helping that franchise build a team that advanced to the Stanley Cup finals in consecutive seasons (2008 and 2009) and that captured the Stanley Cup in 2009.
He played a key role in identifying two Huskies who excelled in the Penguins organization—Brad Thiessen and Joe Vitale. In 2012-13, Vitale spent time on the Pens' NHL roster and Thiessen was named the AHL's most outstanding goaltender. Prior to his tenure with the Penguins, Madigan served as a scout for the New York Islanders for 13 years. During his time in hockey, Madigan has worked alongside some of the great innovators of the game, from Northeastern's own Ferny Flaman (NU head coach, 1970-89) to notable NHL executives Ray Shero (former general manager (GM), Pittsburgh), Don Maloney (GM, Phoenix), Chuck Fletcher (GM, Minnesota), Randy Sexton (GM, Florida), Mike Milbury (former GM, New York Islanders), Gordie Clark (director of player personnel, New York Rangers) and Jay Heinbuck (NU alumnus and co-director of amateur scouting, Pittsburgh).
Northeastern fans also will remember Madigan's tenure as an assistant coach for the Huskies from 1986 to 1993. During that seven-year stint, he recruited and coached four All-Americans and 15 All-Hockey East selections. In addition to recruiting, Madigan was involved in all aspects of running a successful Division I program. During his time on the NU bench, the Huskies won 100 games and in 1988 captured the program's last Beanpot title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Madigan coached at the University of Vermont for one season (1985-86).
As a player at Northeastern, Madigan was a four-year letterwinner under Ferny Flaman (1981–85), leading the Huskies to a 67-59-5 record. During his freshman campaign, NU won 25 games, establishing a single-season wins record that remains tied for best all-time in program history. That same season, he helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA Frozen Four. Building on that success, Madigan was a key contributor to two Huskies' Beanpot championships in 1984 and 1985.
In 1982, he was voted NU Rookie of the Year. In his senior campaign he was named assistant captain and, at season's end, was presented with the program's Unsung Hero Award. Madigan skated in 119 career games, recording 78 points (34-44-78).
In 1998, Madigan was awarded the Friends of NU Hockey Ferny C. Flaman Award. The honor is presented to a benefactor of Northeastern hockey who has demonstrated the commitment and dedication of Coach Flaman to making NU hockey a success.
Madigan's appointment as head coach continues his nearly three-decades-long at Northeastern. His dedicated service to the university includes roles as men's ice hockey assistant coach (1986-93), assistant director of physical plant services (1993-99), director of athletic development (1999-2004) and associate dean and director of development in the College of Business Administration (2004-11). In his most recent post, he led a development effort that generated an average of $5.7 million in gifts over seven years, including $13 million in 2010-11. Over the course of his career, Madigan has shown an unparalleled ability to promote Northeastern to a broad and diverse constituency—including prospective students, alumni and other supporters.
Madigan graduated from Northeastern in 1986 with a degree in business administration. He and his wife, Kim, an NU alumna, have two daughters, Kelly and Kate, who graduated from Northeastern in 2013 and 2014, respectively.