David Berard is currently in his fourth season at Holy Cross as the head coach of the men’s ice hockey program in 2017-2018. 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 three seasons at Holy Cross, the Crusaders are 46-46-17 overall and have posted a 39-28-17 record in Atlantic Hockey.
The Crusaders went 14-15-7 overall and 11-10-7 in Atlantic Hockey in the 2016-2017 season. The team finished an impressive 3-1-1 against NCAA Tournament teams during the 2016-2017 season including a 2-1 overtime win over No. 11 Providence at the DCU Center and a 6-4 victory versus No. 20 Union. This was only the second time that the Crusaders defeated two nationally ranked teams during one season. The team earned the Atlantic Hockey Team Sportsmanship Award for having the fewest amount of penalty minutes.
The Crusaders finished 18-13-5 in the 2015-2016 season and posted a 16-7-5 record in conference action. The Crusaders' 16 conference victories were the most since the 2005-2006 season. The Crusaders posted their best finish in Atlantic Hockey since 2005-2006 placing second. The Crusaders led the league with 2.11 goals allowed per game in conference games.
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.
Berard assumed the position of interim head coach at UConn on Nov. 5, 2012, after serving as an assistant coach under Bruce Marshall. As interim head coach, Berard led the Huskies to a 19-10-3 record, including a 14-7-3 mark in Atlantic Hockey Association play. He guided UConn to a 10-3-2 record to close out the year, with the Huskies sweeping their Atlantic Hockey quarterfinal series against Robert Morris before ultimately falling in the Atlantic Hockey semifinals. In 2012-2013, the Huskies’ posted 14 regular-season conference wins, their highest total in program history at the time. All told, Berard coached one All-Atlantic Hockey selection, the Atlantic Hockey Goaltending Award Winner and seven Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team selections in 2012-2013.
In 2011-2012, Berard joined the staff at UConn as an assistant coach, helping the Huskies to a 16-19-4 record while ranking second in the nation on the power play (25.7 percent) and 14th in the nation in the penalty kill (84.2 percent). UConn also boasted the second-ranked combined special teams unit in the country at 56.5 percent.
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