UMass hockey announces Tom Upton as new assistant coach

  • UMass head coach Greg Carvel, center, talks with the team during the first period of the Frozen Four hockey championship game against St. Cloud State in 2021. AP FILE

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Published: 6/21/2022 3:13:53 PM
Modified: 6/21/2022 3:13:33 PM

The UMass hockey team has filled a role on its coaching staff.

The school and head coach Greg Carvel announced Tuesday that it had hired Tom Upton as an assistant coach. Upton will fill one of two assistant coaching roles left by former assistants Matt Lindsay and Jared DeMichiel, who both departed following this past season. Nolan Gluchowski was promoted to assistant coach in April after serving as a volunteer assistant coach last season.

Upton comes to UMass following a two-year stint as head coach and general manager of the Madison Capitols of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

“I am very excited to announce Tom Upton as our new assistant coach and to welcome him, his wife Sarah and their young family to the University of Massachusetts,” Carvel said in a statement. “Tommy is an experienced recruiter, has worked at many levels of hockey, and this past year proved that he is also an exceptional coach. Serving as head coach and general manager of the Madison Capitals, Tommy built that team and coached them to the USHL Finals, a first in that organization's history. Tommy has earned an outstanding reputation for his work ethic, his ability to recruit and to coach. Beyond all of this, and most importantly, I see him as an excellent fit with our program and culture."

Upton, a native of Austin, Texas, joined Madison following three years as an assistant coach at Division 1 Mercyhurst. While there, he helped lead the Lakers to an Atlantic Hockey regular season title as the Lakers' offense ranked eighth in the nation.

“My family and I are extremely excited to join the UMass and Amherst communities,” said Upton. “I would like to thank the administration at UMass as well as Greg Carvel and his staff for their diligence during this process and for allowing me to join their hockey program. Being able to work for a top program in college hockey and alongside a great coach like Greg Carvel and the other staff members is something I am very grateful and thankful for. I hope to help carry on the tremendous culture and expectation that has been created here. Once I came to campus and felt how special not only the University is, but also how special the people are, I was hooked. Let's get to work!”

Upton played collegiate hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 2006-2010 where he posted two goals and 11 assists over the course of 89 games. He appeared in five games, scoring one goal for the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League before beginning his coaching career with the Pointers.

Upton was also an assistant with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders during the 2013-14 season before moving into a head coach and general manager position with the Minnesota Magicians of the North American Hockey League. After two seasons with the Magicians, he joined the Youngstown Phantoms as an assistant coach, and helped to draft a team that was named the 2017-18 Eastern Conference Champions and Clark Cup Final Runner-Up.

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