Head Coach Bob Deraney
In 2008-09, Deraney led PC to a 17-16-3 record. The Friars reached the Hockey East Tournament for the seventh-consecutive season and defeated Connecticut, 3-0, at Schneider Arena in the first-ever Hockey East quarterfinal game. PC traveled to Durham, N.H., but fell to eventual champion UNH, 3-1, in the semifinals. Providence joined New Hampshire as the only two programs to reach the post season in all seven years of Hockey East play.
The Friars finished the 2007-08 season with a 16-16-4 record and advanced to post-season play for the 25th straight season. Deraney helped the Friars upset No. 10 Connecticut on their way to making their fifth Hockey East title game appearance in the last six seasons.
In 2004-05, Deraney led the Friars to their 10th tournament title and their fourth in a row, including the ECAC Eastern title in 2002. En route to capturing the 2005 Hockey East Tournament crown, the Friars defeated Boston College and ninth-ranked Connecticut. The Friars earned an automatic bid and made their first NCAA appearance against No. 1 Minnesota. The Friars also posted their 14th 20-win season, the fifth in Deraney's seven-year tenure. The Friars finished with a 21-11-5 record.
During the 2003-04 season, Deraney led the Friars to their 500th victory after defeating Boston College, 5-2, on February 22, 2004. The Friars defeated UNH, 3-0, earning their third-straight Hockey East Championship as well as an ECAC Championship. The 2002-03 season saw the Friars finish with the best record in the program's history, 24-6-6, and as the Inaugural Hockey East Regular Season and Tournament Champions. In 2001-02, Deraney led the Friars to their seventh ECAC Tournament title and their first since 1995. The Friars defeated second-ranked Niagara and fifth-ranked Northeastern to capture the 2002 ECAC Eastern League crown. Providence also posted its 11th 20-win season finishing 20-13-4. In his first season, 1999-2000, Deraney led the Friars to their 10th 20-win season with a 20-10-3 mark. Deraney's first season saw many high points, including an eight-game unbeaten streak, a road victory over No. 1-ranked Harvard and a shutout win over eventual national champion, the University of Minnesota.
The Friars reached the ECAC playoffs for the 17th consecutive year. The squad traveled to Dartmouth for the ECAC quarterfinals, and after 85 minutes of scoreless play, the Friars' season came to an end, as they fell to the Big Green, 1-0, in double overtime. Deraney, who graduated from Boston University in 1987, has extensive experience in college hockey. As a goaltender he had an opportunity to play for some of head coach Jack Parker's greatest teams at Boston University. In 1984-85, Deraney was named Most Improved Player on the Terrier squad. During that season, he helped the team to a 24-14-4 record and a second-place finish in Hockey East. The following year, 1985-86, was the most successful during his time at BU. The Terriers captured the Beanpot and Hockey East titles with a 25-14-4 record, as they earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament, making it to the fourth round. In 1989, Deraney served as an assistant/goalie coach at Northeastern University.
After one season at Northeastern, Deraney joined the staff at Dartmouth College. He spent three seasons at Dartmouth as the recruiting coordinator and working with the team's forwards, defensemen and goaltenders. During that period, the program experienced a significant turnaround, going from the 45th-ranked team in the country in 1990 to No. 29 in 1993. During his first season at Dartmouth, Deraney was an assistant under Ben Smith, the former head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team.
He went on to become the top assistant coach at UMass-Amherst from 1993-98. His responsibilities at UMass included working with the defense and goaltenders, recruiting and acting as the program's university liaison. Deraney was instrumental in helping rebuild the hockey program at UMass which was re-instituted in 1993.
In addition to his coaching duties at the collegiate level, Deraney has coached at various levels with USA Hockey. In 2008, he was on the coaching staff for the U-18 Women's National Team that won the gold medal at the inaugural IIHF World Women's U-18 Championships. He joined with juniors Ashley Cottrell and Kate Bacon to defeat Canada, 5-2. Deraney helped select the 1998 Men's USA Select Team, which competed at the IIHF Pool-A World Championship Qualification Tournament in Austria. Deraney also worked closely with the 1996 Men's U.S. World Junior National Team and has been involved with all levels of national player development since 1989 for both men and women.
Deraney, a native of West Roxbury, Mass., resides in Shrewsbury, Mass. with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Danielle and Alexa.