Trinity College Hires Greason As Head Men's Ice Hockey Coach
Hartford, Conn., October 12, 2011 – Trinity College is pleased to announce the hiring of Matthew Greason (North Bridgton, Maine) as the third head coach in the 38-year history of the varsity men's ice hockey program. Greason returns to Trinity, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees, served as an assistant coach, and was a two-time All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) player. He has spent the last two years as an assistant coach for the United States National Team Development Program U-17 and U-18 National Teams. Greason replaces David Cataruzolo, who coached the Bantams for four years before moving on to Harvard as its men's and women's ice hockey director of operations in August. Former Trinity head coach John Dunham, Greason's coach at Trinity, has been serving as interim head coach since August 18, and will hand over the reins of the program to Greason immediately. The Trinity men's ice hockey team finished the 2010-11 season with an 11-10-4 record, and qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the 11th consecutive season.
"I am thrilled to announce Matt Greason as the third head men's ice hockey coach at Trinity. His passion and love for Trinity, coupled with his knowledge of the College and the experience he has gained in the USA Hockey program will be great assets for our program," said Director of Athletics, Mike Renwick. "I am looking forward to Matt quickly becoming an integral part of our faculty and staff in the athletic department and am expecting great things for the future of the men's ice hockey program. In addition, I would like to thank Coach Dunham for stepping back into the program on an interim basis to ensure the forward movement of the team in the absence of a head coach. His leadership has been great for our student-athletes. "
Greason was an assistant coach at Trinity for Cataruzolo in 2007-08 and 2008-09, helping the Bantams to a 32-20-2 record that included the program's second NESCAC title and its third appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Prior to Trinity, Greason was an assistant coach at Kingswood-Oxford School and Kent School for five years. With the U.S. National Team Development program, Greason coached the defense for the U-17 and U-19 squads, served as head coach at the NTDP top-40 tryout camp, and was an assistant for Team USA in the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic which features U-18 National Teams from around the world.
Greason earned his bachelor's degree in history from Trinity in 2003 and his master's degree in American Studies from the College in 2010. A captain of the Bantam ice hockey and golf squads, Greason was an All-NESCAC Second Team honoree as a junior and a First Team All-NESCAC and Division II/III All-New England selection on the ice as a senior. He also graced the All-NESCAC and All-New England Division III teams as a linksman, and was the head golf coach at Kent School for three years.
"I could not be more excited to be coming back to my alma mater as head men's ice hockey coach," says Greason. "It is a wonderful opportunity for me to give something back to a place that has given me so much. Coaches Dunham and Cataruzolo have established a special tradition with a family atmosphere for Trinity men's ice hockey, and I will do my best to carry that on. The leadership which exists among the upperclassmen on this year's team will ease the transition."