Damian DiGiulian, a veteran local college and prep coach, joins Saint Michael's College for his first season as the men's ice hockey head coach in 2012-13. DiGiulian, who has also coached in the USA Hockey development system, is just the third head coach since the program was elevated to varsity status for the 1982-83 season.
During the past three seasons, DiGiulian was the head coach and director of hockey for the Rice Memorial High School prep program, which he created in 2009. The South Burlington-based squad went 36-12-3 in 2010-11, its second year of existence, while winning the New England Fall Prep Hockey League (NEFPHL) title.
DiGiulian was an assistant coach at Division III Middlebury College during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, as the Panthers went a combined 37-14-3 while reaching the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament championship game both winters. Middlebury was 26-9-3 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East as a league counterpart to Saint Michael's.
Between the 1997-98 and 2005-06 seasons, DiGiulian was an assistant coach at the Division I University of Vermont, which he helped qualify for the postseason seven times, including in 2005-06 during the program's first year in Hockey East. The Catamounts advanced in ECAC Division I Championship play three times during his tenure, including after posting a 13-6-3 league mark in 2004-05. During his nine winters with Vermont, DiGiulian was heavily involved in coordinating and supervising alumni and community service endeavors in the Burlington area. He served on the Hobey Baker Memorial Award selection committee and on the America Hockey Coaches Association (ACHA) awards committee while coaching the Catamounts.
At Vermont, DiGiulian was instrumental in the recruitment of Torrey Mitchell and Patrick Sharp, both of whom have played at the highest professional level in the National Hockey League (NHL). Mitchell recently signed with the Minnesota Wild, while Sharp won the 2010 Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Since 1997, DiGiulian has been a coach, evaluator and presenter in the USA Hockey development system. He was selected to coach the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Rocky Mountain District Select-16 team while, in 2000, he assisted a gold-medal-winning U-17 select team during a tournament in the Czech Republic. DiGiulian has helped organize evaluation camps in Vermont for USA Hockey while evaluating and choosing players aged 14 to 17 for USA Hockey Select Festivals.
DiGiulian coached in the Junior A ranks prior to gaining college experience, most recently as the associate head coach and assistant general manager with the Butte (Montana) Fightin' Irish of the American Frontier Hockey League (AFHL) in 1996-97, when the Fightin' Irish advanced to the league finals. In 1995-96, he was an assistant for the AFHL's Vail (Colo.) Avalanche, who owned the league's best record, at 40-6-3.
DiGiulian previously played professionally in 1993-94 with the Louisville Icehawks of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League (CHL), as well as coaching and training with the Vancouver-based Furokawa Hockey Club of Japan in 1994-95.
A 1993 graduate of Hamilton (N.Y.) College, DiGiulian earned a degree in history while also playing for the Continentals. Beyond his coaching and playing careers, DiGiulian has become an on-air ice hockey analyst, appearing on radio station WVMT for University of Vermont broadcasts since 2006 and on ESPNU for select Division I contests since 2007.
Adam Berger joins the Saint Michael's men's ice hockey program for his first season in 2012-13. Berger provides a wealth of ice hockey experience, including being a Level 4-certified coach through USA Hockey. The Burlington native is in the midst of earning his Level 5 certification.
During all four years of college at Drake (Iowa) University, from August 2008 until May 2012, Berger served as the hockey operations intern with the Des Moines (Iowa) Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), undertaking such responsibilities as scouting, player development and handling general team logistics. Also a color commentator and a video coordinator, Berger built connections between the team and the community through involvement with local youth organizations.
In summer 2012, Berger served as a youth development coach at various summer camps around the country through Northern Edge Hockey, which is based out of Chesterfield, Mo. He was the head coach of a U-14 squad in the Des Moines Youth Hockey Association during the 2011-12 school year after coaching U-16 players in 2010 for the Atlanta Knights. Berger also assisted in hockey operations and mentored adult coaches with the Knights.
Berger, who majored in broadcast news at Drake while minoring in entrepreneurship, interned in the CNN newsroom in Atlanta in the fall of 2010 while simultaneously working with the Georgia State Golf Association as the United States Golf Association's (USGA) P.J. Boatwright Intern.
Berger played ice hockey at the Williston Northampton (Mass.) School.