Head Coach John Micheletto
Micheletto earned his first career head coaching victory on October 12, 2012, as UMass defeated Connecticut, 4-1 at the Mullins Center. He collected his first Hockey East win on November 1, 2012 when the Minutemen took down #9 New Hampshire in overtime, 2-1. Under Micheletto's direction, numerous UMass players enjoyed career years in 2012-13, including Branden Gracel who was honored as a Hockey East All-Star for the first time in his career. In 2013-14, the Minutemen set a Modern Era program record for power play percentage (.220), which finished the year ranked seventh in the nation.
Micheletto began his tenure at Vermont in 2003-04 when the Catamounts were still members of the ECAC. He helped UVM through its transition into Hockey East in 2005-06 with his time in Burlington, highlighted by a trip to the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four. While Micheletto was a part of the Vermont staff, 12 different Catamounts were selected in the NHL Draft including Connor Brickley who was taken in the 2010 second round (the third highest draft pick in program history) and Viktor Stalberg of the Nashville Predators. In all, over 20 former players went on to play professional hockey in the United States, Canada and Europe during Micheletto's time at UVM.
In June 2006, Micheletto was promoted to associate head coach at Vermont and served as the program's director of recruiting.
Prior to his stint at Vermont, the Chicago native was an assistant coach at Notre Dame (1999-03) and at Union College (1996-99).
Before moving to the collegiate level, Micheletto spent five years (1991-96) in the prep ranks at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. Micheletto served as the Dean of Students, an instructor of English, and a dorm parent. As the head coach of the hockey team, he helped resurrect the program during his tenure.
Micheletto has been heavily involved with USA Hockey during his career both on the national and international level. He spent six summers as a coach for the Atlantic District Select teams that competed at USA Hockey's Junior Olympic Festival. In August of 2000, he was selected as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team which competed at the Four Nations Tournament in Kezmarok, Slovakia. Micheletto helped guide Team USA to five wins before falling to Canada in the championship game.
A 1984 graduate of the Milton (Mass.) Academy, Micheletto served as team captain and boarding school president. Micheletto then attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1990 with a degree in English modified with Education. He pursued a professional hockey career, which included stops with the Enschede Lions of the Netherlands First Division and the Erie (Pa.) Golden Blades of the now defunct Atlantic Coast Hockey League.
Micheletto and his wife Melinda were married in the summer of 2004. They have a cat and two rescued dogs.