Head Coach Dave Flint
Flint coached the Huskies to a 12-20-3 record his first season behind the bench, but he built a solid foundation of recruits that lifted the Huskies to a 17-9-7 mark in 2009-10, as the team qualified for the Hockey East Tournament for the second consecutive season. Although Flint was away on sabbatical serving as assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Hockey National Team at the 2010 Olympics, his players responded by posting the program's best season in eight years.
He returned behind the Husky bench for the 2010-11 season, and with another strong freshman class, guided the Huskies to a 16-13-8 record. Most importantly, Northeastern won its first two Hockey East playoff games since the league's inception in 2002. The Huskies came one win shy of claiming the conference crown and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
Flint comes to Northeastern from St. Anselm in Manchester, N.H., where he built the women's hockey program from the ground up and served as head coach for five years. After serving as assistant coach to the men's hockey team at St. Anselm for seven years, Flint took over the women's hockey team in 2003 and was charged with making the transition to varsity status, making it an immediate winner. After seeing the team through the transition to varsity status, Flint led St. Anselm to a 21-3-1 record in the 2004-05 season. Although St. Anselm is not eligible to compete in the ECAC East Tournament or the NCAA Division III Tournament due to its status as a non-scholarship Division II institution, Flint led the Hawks to the ECAC Open tournament, and won the tournament championship. Since then, St. Anselm has won at least 20 games every season and has also clinched the ECAC East regular season and ECAC Open titles twice. Flint's St. Anselm teams excelled at defense, leading the nation in scoring defense in three of his four seasons.
In 2007-08 Flint led the Hawks to a 23-2-1 record and the ECAC Open Championship. The 2007-08 season also saw Flint craft St. Anselm's defensive unit into the best in the nation, allowing just 0.92 goals per game. Six St. Anselm players earned All-Conference honors, and both the ECAC East Player of the Year award and the Goalie of the Year award went to Hawks players.
Flint's exceptional coaching did not go unrecognized, as he was named ECAC East Coach of the Year three times and was a three-time finalist for National Coach of the Year. He coached three ECAC East Players of the Year, two Rookies of the Year and one Goalie of the Year, as well as two All-Americans. Over Flint's four-year tenure, the Hawks compiled a record of 88-15-2.
Flint worked in the St. Anselm Athletic Department for 11 years, first as an athletic trainer and assistant coach of the men's hockey team for seven years before taking over the women's program. With the men's hockey team, Flint was responsible for recruiting and coaching the team's defensemen and goaltenders. While Flint was on the coaching staff, the Hawks won the ECAC Division II Championship in 2000 and 2001.
Since 2005, Flint has also been a member of the USA Hockey staff. In 2008, he was appointed the goaltending coach and advisor for the women's national program, where he evaluates and instructs goaltenders at all levels. He was on staff for the U.S. National Team that won the silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Under his guidance, Team USA goalies posted a 1.58 goals against average and won the gold medal at the 2008 World Championship in Harbin, China. Flint also served as an assistant coach to the U.S. Select Team that participated in the Four Nations Cup in 2009.
Since 1999, Flint has served as director of off-ice conditioning and as assistant to the director of on-ice instruction at Superskills Hockey in Tewksbury, Mass., an off-season training site for amateur and professional goaltenders. In addition, he is an instructor at the Daccord Goaltending Camps and Pro Prospect Camps in Manchester, N.H., and has worked with NHL goaltenders Peter Skudra, Andrew Raycroft and Scott Clemmensen.
A 1993 graduate of North Adams State College (now the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts), he was a four-year member as a goalie on the varsity men's ice hockey team. He was named Team MVP as a senior. Flint received his bachelor's degree in Biology with a concentration in Sports Medicine. He is an Athletic Trainer Certified and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
Flint currently resides in Merrimack, N.H., with his wife, Alison, and their two children, Paige and Tate.