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Northeastern University Winter 2011-2012 : Page 40

baCK on the iCe Jim madiGan J im Madigan, BA’86, returns to Matthews Arena this season, becoming the new head coach for men’s hockey. But he’s never really been far away. Madi-gan has worked at Northeastern for twenty-fi ve years: as assistant coach for men’s hockey, assistant director of physical-plant services, director of athletic develop-ment, and associate dean and director of develop-ment in the College of Business Administration. “Coaching is at the intersection of my two pas-sions: Northeastern and hockey,” he says. “To be able to live that opportunity and come back to the program was very enticing for me.” Hockey is in Madigan’s blood, from learning to play in Montreal as a kid; to competing on the ice as a Northeastern student; to working as a professional scout; to serving as an assistant coach when the Hus-kies won their last Beanpot, in 1988. Ah, the Beanpot, Boston’s own Super Bowl. “It’s bragging rights. And that’s not lost on me,” Madigan says. But, most of all, Madigan wants to build on the solid foundation achieved by former Northeastern coach Greg Cronin, now an assistant coach with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. “I want our student-athletes to have a great experi-ence,” Madigan explains, “and to be a model team on the ice, in the classroom, and in the community.” “Coaching is at the intersection of my two passions: northeastern and hockey.” 40 Northeastern Magazine Winter 2011/2012

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