WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross has named former College Hockey America Conference Player of the Year Juliano Pagliero as an assistant men's hockey coach, as announced by head coach Paul Pearl and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr.
"We are extremely excited to bring Juliano into the Holy Cross Hockey family," said Pearl. "He comes to us with extensive college, professional and junior hockey playing experience. As a recruiter and coach he has done an outstanding job over the last few years. He will be a major asset working with our student-athletes."
Pagliero came to Holy Cross after serving as the Utica College assistant coach from 2011 until 2013. In 2013, Utica advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four and won the ECAC West regular-season championship for the 2012-2013 season. Also in the 2012-2013 season, Pagliero asssisted the 2013 ECAC West Coach of the Year, Gary Heenan. He also recruited first team All-American and ECAC West Player of the Year, Louie Educate, and coached goaltender Nick Therrien, the ECAC West second team All-Star and the goalie with the most regular-season wins in all of Division III.
Pagliero graduated in 2009 from Niagara University, and was a four-year member of the varsity hockey team as a goaltender. College Hockey America (CHA) named Pagliero the Player of the Year his senior season and he graduated a three-time All-Conference selection. While on the team, the Purple Eagles won the regular-season CHA championship in 2006 and 2007. The team reached the NCAA tournament in 2008 after becoming the 2008 CHA playoff champions. Pagliero participated in the Ottawa Senators development camp following his junior season. He was awarded the Niagara University Purple Heart award in 2009 as a senior. After his senior season, Pagliero participated in the Chicago Blackhawks development camp and went on to play in the Italian first division for the Alleghe HC until 2010. He also played for the CHL's Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees during the 2010-2011 season.