New UML Assistant Coach Excited to Hit Recruiting Trail
LOWELL -- Returning from a recruiting trip to Canada in April, Norm Bazin managed a weary smile after returning to the Tsongas Center on just a few hours sleep.
“People think recruiting is glamorous. It’s not,” the UMass Lowell head hockey coach said.
It’s not glamorous, but new assistant coach Juliano Pagliero enjoys hitting the road.
“Love it. Absolutely love it. It’s a high when you get a commitment or you get the right kid. It’s one of those things that people who are watching from the outside looking in maybe don’t see on a day to day basis the time that goes in to getting a guy that’s going to make you better. It’s absolutely one of my favorite things,” the 34-year-old Pagliero said Tuesday during his second day on the job.
Pagliero spent the past three seasons at Colgate University, where he worked with the goaltenders and served as the program’s primary recruiter.
Pagliero said the chance to work with Bazin was a huge draw.
“He’s thought of one of the best coaches in college hockey and I think that’s deservedly so. Just having conversations with him briefly, you understand why. It becomes evident very quickly,” he said. “Definitely looking at what the program has done, it was very, very enticing. It gives me a chance to learn from a great staff and be a part of a great institution that really believes in this program. And it’s an opportunity to coach in (Hockey East) and a coach a team that has the potential -- and has proved -- that it can win championships in this league. It was just a no-brainer.”
The UML job opened when Cam Ellsworth, who had been on Bazin’s staff for seven seasons, became the head coach at Norwich University in July.
Ellsworth was instrumental in turning Connor Hellebuyck and Kevin Boyle into two of the best goaltenders in college hockey.
Like Ellsworth, Pagliero played goaltender in college.
The former Niagara University standout earned accolades for his work at Colgate with Charlie Finn, who left the Hamilton, N.Y., school with the program record in career saves.
A native of Dalroy, Alberta, Pagliero previously coached at Holy Cross, where he worked closely with another talented goalie, Matt Ginn.
“I find it becomes best when you simplify it. The best experiences I’ve had with goalies are guys who come in with the right attitude and who are willing to work,” he said. “And ultimately the rest takes care of itself. The talent shows as long as you put in the time.”
At UMass Lowell, Pagliero will work with senior Christoffer Hernberg, junior Tyler Wall and freshman Eric Green.
“The two returning guys have had successful seasons before. They both have the ability to be guys who play significant amounts in Hockey East and college hockey. I’m learning more about them as people and players. With Eric Green coming in, I saw him play in prep school a lot last year. There’s a lot of raw tools there,” he said.
Pagliero and his wife, Kristin, plan to live in Amesbury.
Before he gets settled, he plans to hit the recruiting trail.
“We have a ton to offer here. It’s evident, even during my short time here, there’s a lot to sell here,” he said. “Ultimately we’re looking for the best kids possible. We’re looking for the right kids. You can’t completely base things off of skill. There’s teams we’ve all watched that are ultra talented that can’t win when it comes down to crunch time. Part of this is putting the right combination together to where you feel like you have the element of skill, compete level and character, all those things that help make you win championships.”
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