Craig Russell is in his fourth year as head men’s hockey coach at Plymouth State in 2013-14, and his 15th year with the Panther hockey program. He played four seasons in a Panther uniform, served five years as assistant coach, two as associate head coach, and in 2010 became the eighth head coach in the program’s 40years.
Russell has had three very successful campaigns in his first three years as head coach. After leading the team to a 15-6-5 overall record and a third place in the MASCAC in 2011, he guided the Panthers to a 17-7-3 mark in 2012, the MASCAC regular season and tournament championships, the first championships in the 40-year history of the program, and the first berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. He lead the Panters to a 19-7-1 mark in this third season with a return to MASCAC Championship game.
Russell was rewarded after PSU’s championship seasons, earning MASCAC Coach of the Year honors for both 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Five of the six players on the All-Conference First Team are from PSU, with an additional Panther named to the Second Team.
A 2003 graduate of Plymouth State, Russell played four years on the hockey team, serving as assistant captain as a senior. He was an on-ice and bench assistant coach for seven years as well as chief recruiter.
A native of Northfield, Vt., Russell joined the Panther staff as an assistant in 2003, and was elevated to associate head coach in 2008. Russell helped lead the Panthers to an 86-80-12 record as an assistant coach under coach Brett Tryder, with four post-season berths (three ECAC, one MASCAC).