September 5, 2012

Northeastern women's team adds Pellegrini as assistant

By Jesse Connolly

After a one-year stint as an assistant coach for the Harvard women’s team, Jeff Pellegrini will now be assuming the same role over at Northeastern.

A 32-year-old native of Lynn, Mass., Pellegrini spent the first seven years of his career behind the bench as a men’s assistant coach, beginning with two seasons at Nichols College from 2004-06. He then joined UMass-Boston’s staff, spending three seasons there.

From 2009-11, Pellegrini was an assistant for Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He helped Bowdoin appear in the NCAA tournament both seasons.

Last year, he helped Harvard finish second in ECAC women’s hockey with a 17-4-1 conference record. The Crimson’s season ended with a 2-1 overtime loss to the eventual conference champs, St. Lawrence, in the ECAC tournament semifinals.  

“I am very excited about the addition of Jeff to the coaching staff,” Northeastern coach Dave Flint said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, is an extremely hard worker and will help us elevate our program to the next level.”

Pellegrini will join a Northeastern squad that won the regular-season title with a 15-3-3 record in women’s Hockey East. NU also won the women’s Beanpot in 2012 with a 4-3 overtime victory over Boston University in the championship game.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join a university with such a rich tradition in women’s hockey,” said Pellegrini. “I look forward to working with incredibly accomplished coaches in Dave and Linda [Lundrigan]. It’s an honor to coach at such a storied institution with extremely competitive and committed student-athletes and I will strive to continue the winning tradition here at Northeastern.”

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.