Tortorella Joins Harvard Hockey Coaching Staff
Jim Tortorella is well known in hockey circles in Maine and now he joining the Harvard Crimson as an assistant coach under head coach Ted Donato.
Tortorella and his brother John (Columbus Blue Jackets coach) both played at UMaine. Jim was a goalie for the Black Bears in the late 1970s.
He spent the past season as head coach at St. Anselm College and led the team to the Northeast-10 Conference title.
He started his coaching career at Brunswick High School and also coached at Cony High School.
Tortorella coached at Colby College and is the winningest coach in program history with 230 victories.
He has also coached at UNH and with the USA Hockey program.
At Harvard, Tortorella replaces Paul Pearl who left Harvard to become associate head coach at Boston University.
The Crimson went 15-14-4 in the ECAC last year and lost in the conference semi-final playoff round. The team included Ryan Donato, who signed with the Boston Bruins after the college season.
Two years ago, Harvard made it to the NCAA Frozen Four Championship.