David Berard is currently in his sixth season at Holy Cross as the head coach of the men’s ice hockey program in 2019-2020. Berard has over 20 years of collegiate hockey experience, including 16 seasons at his alma mater, Providence College. He also served as the interim head coach at the University of Connecticut for the majority of the 2012-2013 season. In his four seasons at Holy Cross, the Crusaders are 69-83-29 overall and have posted a 61-52-27 record in Atlantic Hockey.
As a head coach in Atlantic Hockey, Berard’s teams have consistently had winning records in regular season league games. His teams have also earned a first-round bye in four of his six years as a head coach. Berard has coached four All-Atlantic Hockey selections, three Walter Brown Award semifinalists, a New England Hockey Writers’ Paul Hines Award winner, and a Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award winner, and two Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie selections. He has also sent 15 Crusaders into the professional ranks.
Berard’s teams have also been involved with a number of community service initiatives: Pink the Rink, Working for Worcester, Team IMPACT, Skate for Hope, East Coast Jumbos, Relay for Life, UMass Memorial Cancer Walk, and the Worcester Public Schools after school programs.
After the 2017-2018 season, Berard led the program to have four-consecutive winning Atlantic Hockey records in program history and three-consecutive Quarterfinal appearances with a First Round bye in conference playoffs.
In his fourth season with the Crusaders in 2017-2018, Berard led the Crusaders to be ranked second nationally in blocked shots and fifth nationally in faceoff winning percentage (53.8%). The team also set a single-season record for shutouts, with five. Berard coached Paul Berrafato, an all-Atlantic Hockey first team selection, to break both Holy Cross shutout records over the season, with 11 career shutouts and five in the 2017-18 season. In the Atlantic Hockey preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked sixth and Berard coached the team to a third place finish.
For the first time in program history, Berard coached two Crusaders to be named Walter Brown Award semifinalists, Paul Berrafato and Scott Pooley. Pooley was also the first Crusader to win the New England Hockey Writers’ Paul Hines Award, presented to the most improved player in New England. Berard coached five seniors to sign professional contracts at the conclusion of the season: Scott Pooley with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, and T.J. Moore, Paul Berrafato, Ryan Ferrill, and Tommy Muratore in the ECHL. Berard also saw Moore score his 100th point as the 49th player to do so in program history.
In the 2016-2017 season, Berard led Holy Cross to an Atlantic Hockey Team Sportsmanship Award. In non-conference games, the Crusaders faced four of the previous six National Champions (Providence, Union, Boston College, and Yale) and played to a 2-2-0 record. The team finished 3-1-1 against NCAA Tournament teams during the 2016-2017 season, including two wins over ranked opponents for the second time in program history. Berard led the Crusaders past then-No. 11 Providence in a 2-1 overtime victory at the DCU Center and a 6-4 win over then-No. 20 Union. The Crusaders placed two, Danny Lopez and Spencer Trapp, on the All-Atlantic Hockey third team, marking the first multiple selections in nine seasons. Lopez was also named a Walter Brown Award semifinalist, as the first Crusader to make the list since the 2011 season.
With a 16-7-5 record in Atlantic Hockey in the 2015-2016 season, Berard led the Crusaders to a second place finish, which was the highest finish since the 2005-2006 season. Holy Cross finished the season with an 18-13-5 regular season record. The Crusaders' 16 conference victories were the most since the 2005-2006 season. Berard coached the team to lead the league with 2.11 goals allowed per game in conference games. That same season, Matt Vidal was awarded the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award.
The Crusaders went 14-18-5 overall and 12-11-5 in Atlantic Hockey in the 2014-2015 season. The Crusaders only allowed 2.35 goals per game which set a school record. Senior goalie Matt Ginn earned first team All-Atlantic Hockey honors. The 2006-2007 season was the last time a Crusader had been on the first team. Matt Ginn was named to the All-Atlantic Hockey first team, as the program’s first selection to the first team since the 2006-2007 season.
Berard also had three different stints on the hockey staff at Providence, for a total of 16 seasons. He was most recently the Friars coordinator of men’s ice hockey operations in 2013-2014, overseeing all aspects of video breakdown for in-game analysis and opponent scouting. Berard also coordinate team travel, helped with alumni outreach and worked with various community outreach and service projects.
Previously, Berard was an assistant coach at Providence from 1994-1996 and 1998-2011. During the 13-year stint from 1998-2011, he directed skill development sessions for forwards and defensemen and worked extensively with Friar goaltenders. For seven seasons, he also coordinated and directed the penalty killing strategy. Berard developed scouting reports and oversaw the implementation and use of video technology for the program. Administratively, he served as the staff liaison for the office of academic services, which monitored the academic progress of student-athletes.
In addition, Berard served as Providence’s recruiting coordinator from 1998-2005, and was the team’s associate head coach from 2003-2005. He was instrumental in bringing a number of talented players to Providence, recruiting three American Hockey Coaches Association All-Americans, one CoSIDA Academic All-American, seven Hockey East All-Stars and five Hockey East All-Rookie team selections. Additionally, Berard recruited 21 players who were drafted in the National Hockey League, and coached 10 student-athletes who eventually played in the NHL. Furthermore, two of Berard’s recruits represented the United States at the International Ice Hockey Federation under-20 world championship.
In Berard’s first two years at Providence, the Friars made consecutive trips to the Hockey East championship game, finishing as the runner-up in 1995 and winning the championship in 1996. For their efforts, the Friars earned an automatic berth to the 1996 NCAA Tournament. In 2000-2001, Berard helped guide the Friars to the best Hockey East regular season finish in program history (second place), with the team advancing to the Hockey East championship game and earning an at-large bid to the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Between his first two stints at Providence, Berard served as the top assistant coach at Lake Superior State University for two years from 1996-1998. He served as recruiting coordinator during his time with the Lakers, while helping the team to an overall record of 34-32-9. Berard began his coaching career as an assistant at Colby College for two years from 1992-1994.
Throughout his career, Berard has been heavily involved in player development for USA Hockey at the national, district and local levels. In addition to presenting at many coaching education program clinics, he has coached at numerous USA Hockey national select festivals and New England player development camps. From 2003-2008, Berard served as the director of player development for the New England district. In the summer of 2004, Berard served as an assistant coach for the USA Hockey under-17 select team, which won the silver medal at the Five Nations Tournament in Germany. In 2008, Berard was named as a coach for the USA Hockey Warren Strelow National Goaltending Mentor Program.
A goaltender in his playing days at Providence, Berard was a member of one of the most successful classes to wear a Friar uniform, amassing a total of 87 wins over their four-year career. Berard was a member of three teams that reached the Hockey East Tournament semifinals and two teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Berard graduated from Providence in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing. He and his wife, Lynne, have two sons (Brett and Brady).
DAVID BERARD’S COLLEGIATE HEAD COACHING RECORD