Tom Mutch became the third women's ice hockey head coach at Boston College in June, 2003, and in his four seasons with the Eagles, he has implemented one of the biggest turnarounds in women's collegiate ice hockey history. The head coach led the 2006-07 squad to their first-ever NCAA Frozen Four appearance and the program's best record ever of 24-10-2. In contrast, the 2003-04 team went 6-22-3 overall and 1-18-1 in Hockey East during Mutch's first season at the Heights.
Mutch coached Boston College to the 2007 Frozen Four in Lake Placid, N.Y. in the program's inaugural appearance in the NCAA Tournament. On his way to the Olympic Center, he garnered the Hockey East Coach of the Year, which he also won in 2005, and the New England Hockey Writers Division I Women's Coach of the Year, as well as being named runner-up for the AHCA Divison I Women's Coach of the Year. His 2010 recruiting class was arguably the strongest in the nation, with Hockey East Player of the Year Kelli Stack, 30-goal scorer Allie Thunstrom, and goalie Molly Schaus leading his pack of rookies.
Under Mutch's tutelage, the Eagles have finished second in the regular season Hockey East standings twice and third once, and earned a seed in the conference tournament three out of four seasons. The team won its first-ever postseason game and played in its first conference tournament championship in 2006. Boston College has improved each year with Mutch as the head coach. The Eagles finished with 10 wins in 2005, 20 wins in 2006 and 24 wins last season. Mutch has also delivered the Eagles their first two Beanpot Tournament trophies, doing so in back-to-back years (2006 and 2007).
Mutch made his debut in the women's hockey coaching world when he accepted a position as the assistant of the U.S. Women's National Team in 1996. During his tenure there, Team USA captured the 1998 Olympic gold medal in Nagano, Japan with a 6-0 record, culminating in a 3-1 victory over Canada in the final. At the 1997 World Championship in Ontario, Canada, Coach Mutch's team took home silver after falling to Canada, 3-1, in the championship game. It was with the national team where Mutch met future Boston College assistant coach Katie King.
After Nagano, Mutch returned to the men's game, serving as the assistant men's hockey coach for the Omaha Lancers Hockey Club (1998-2000) and the University of Nebraska-Omaha (2000-2002). In 2002, he returned to Boston for his second stint as the men's assistant hockey coach at Northeastern, where he had previously served as an assistant from 1994 to 1996.
Mutch skated for the Northeastern Huskies from 1986 to 1988. After leaving the university, he spent several years playing professional hockey in the Central Hockey League for both the Memphis Riverkings and the Flint Bulldogs. While with the Bulldogs (1991-92), Mutch registered 30 goals and 40 assists, landing him second on the team in both goals scored and total points. As a Riverking (1992-93), he led the team with 43 goals. Mutch then spent one season playing with the Adendorgf (Germany) Lions Hockey Club.
Tom is married to Laurie Mutch, who is the assistant athletic director and women's hockey coach at the Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts. The couple, who live in Canton, Massachusetts, had their first child, Karleigh, on September 16, 2006.
THE MUTCH FILE
Hometown: Canton, Mass.
Education: B.S. in Sports Management Northeastern University (1992)
2003-present Head Coach, Boston College (women's) 2002-03, 1994-96 Assistant Coach, Northeastern University (men's) 2000-02 Assistant Coach, University of Nebraska-Omaha (men's) 1998-2000 Assistant Coach, Omaha Lancers Hockey Club (men's) 1996-98 Assistant Coach, US Women's National Team
1998 Received the Bob Johnson Award 1999 Inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame 2005 Hockey East Co-Coach of the Year Named an assistant coach to the Hockey East All-Star Team 2007 Hockey East Coach of the Year New England Hockey Writers Div. I Women's Coach of the Year
Year Team Overall Record Conference Record 2003-04 Boston College 6-22-3 1-18-1 2004-05 Boston College 10-20-4 6-11-3 2005-06 Boston College 20-11-4 16-4-1 2006-07 Boston College 24-10-2 15-6-0 Totals 4 seasons 60-63-13 (.498) 38-39-5 (.499)
1st October 26, 2003 vs. Quinnipiac, 3-1