Kevin Sneddon - Head Coach
236 Songbird Road
South Burlington VT 05403
• 2009-10 NCAA Tournament
• 2009-10 Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup Champions
• 2008-09 Spencer Penrose Division I Coach of the Year Finalist
• 2008-09 NCAA Tournament
• 2008-09 Frozen Four
• 2008-09 Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup Champions
• 2007-08 Bob Kullen Hockey East Coach of the Year
• 2007-08 Spencer Penrose Division I Coach of the Year Finalist
• 2006-07 Ice Breaker Invitational Champions
• 2005-06 Nye Frontier Classic Champions
• 2005-06 Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup Champions
Kevin Sneddon is one of only three head coaches to lead the University of Vermont men’s hockey program over the last half century. Sneddon is his 13th year as the head coach of the Catamounts for the 2015-16 season and his 23rd year in the coaching profession. He entered the season 11 wins shy of his 200th career victory at UVM and his 250th as a Division I head coach.
12 of Sneddon's players have signed NHL contracts during his tenure, and all 12 have signed in the last decade. He has led the Catamounts to three NCAA Tournament berths in the last seven seasons, including the program's second-ever NCAA Frozen Four berth in 2009. Sneddon's teams have made three trips to TD Garden in Boston for the Hockey East Championship, including a semifinal appearance last season.
Sneddon led the Catamounts to a 22-15-4 record during the 2014-15 season as Vermont posted back-to-back 20-win campaigns for just the third time in its Division I era. UVM registered an upset of ninth-ranked and No. 3 seed Boston College in the Hockey East Quarterfinal and advanced to TD Garden for the first time since 2010. Vermont went 11-6-2 at Gutterson Fieldhouse for its highest home win total since 2005 and had 14 sellout crowds.
Senior captain Mike Paliotta was honored as the 22nd NCAA All-American in program history and just the second since 1997. Paliotta became the first Catamount to win the Bob Monahan Award as the best defenseman in New England and was also recognized as the Best Defensive Defenseman in Hockey East. Paliotta joined Chris McCarthy as one of only two UVM players to earn Hockey East Second Team All-Star honors.
In April, Paliotta became Sneddon's sixth former player to suit up for an NHL franchise as he made his professional debut with the Chicago Blackhawks and remained with the team throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Goaltender Brody Hoffman agreed to an entry-level contract with the NHL's Minnesota Wild after the season, and Nick Luukko (Lehigh Valley Phantoms) and Colin Markison (Bridgeport Sound Tigers) each signed AHL tryout agreements.
Two years ago in 2013-14, Sneddon and the Catamounts celebrated their 50th anniversary and won 20 games for the first time in five years. UVM qualified for its sixth NCAA Tournament in school history and made the Hockey East playoffs for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. The Catamounts captured the Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup for the second straight year and the fourth time in six seasons, running their all-time record in the tournament to 16-5-1 under Sneddon.
Vermont collected a trio of 2014 Hockey East All-Star honors at the annual awards banquet. Chris McCarthy became Vermont's first-ever Second Team All-Star, Mike Paliotta was tabbed an Honorable Mention All-Star, and Mario Puskarich secured the program's first Rookie of the Year Award as a league member. Puskarich was also one of three unanimous selections to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team after tying the NCAA lead with seven game-winning goals.
Kevin Patrick - Assistant Coach
Patrick is his fourth season on the University of Vermont men's hockey staff in 2015-16. He was promoted to the position of associate head coach in the summer of 2015.
Patrick boasts 15 years of Division I coaching experience, including a national championship at Wisconsin, and two seasons as a head coach in the United States Hockey League. Patrick was an assistant under current head coach Kevin Sneddon for four years at Union College.
Last season, Patrick helped the Catamounts post their second straight 20-win season for the first time since 1997. Vermont remained one of the top defensive teams in the country, ranking ninth nationally with a team goals against average of 2.22. UVM also continued its penalty killing success at a rate of 87.5-percent, which was 10th in the NCAA. As a team, Vermont was the seventh-least penalized team in college hockey and won the Charlie Holt Sportsmanship Award for having the least penalty minutes in Hockey East play.
Patrick had a major influence on senior captain Mike Paliotta, who was named the 22nd NCAA All-American in program history after the season. Paliotta became the first Catamount to win the Bob Monahan Award as the best defenseman in New England and was also recognized as the Best Defensive Defenseman in Hockey East. He also joined Chris McCarthy as one of only two UVM players to earn Hockey East Second Team All-Star honors.
Patrick was selected as an assistant coach for the 2015 U.S. Junior National Team that competed in the IIHF World Junior Championships in Montreal and Toronto. Patrick was joined on the U.S. staff by head coach Mark Osiecki and assistant coaches Don Granato and Mike Ayers. He also attended the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, New York.
Kyle Wallack - Assistant Coach
Wallack is his fourth season on the University of Vermont men's hockey coaching staff in 2015-16. He was promoted to the position of associate head coach in the summer of 2015.
Wallack boasts 15 years of Division I coaching experience and one season as a head coach in the United States Hockey League. Wallack has helped to craft some of the most prolific offenses in college hockey, while mentoring several standout goalies throughout his coaching career.
Last season, Wallack helped the Catamounts secure back-to-back 20-win seasons for just the third time during the program's Division I era. Wallack coached the power play to a 20.1-percent success rate to rank 13th in the country. It marked the first Vermont power play unit to eclipse 20-percent in a single season since 2005-06. UVM's power play clicked at more than 22-percent in Hockey East play to rank second in the league.
In 2013-14, Wallack's recruit Mario Puskarich became the first Vermont freshman to win the Hockey East Rookie of the Year Award. Puskarich was also one of three unanimous selections to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team after tying the NCAA lead with seven game-winning goals. Vermont ranked sixth during Hockey East play in power play percentage, as Wallack helped UVM to a 20-win campaign and a berth in its sixth NCAA Tournament in school history.
Hill, a former Catamount goaltender, is his first year with the men's hockey program in 2015-16 as a volunteer goaltending coach.
Hill spent four years as a goalie for Vermont from 2004-08. He appeared in three career games and won the team's Mike Gilligan Award for leadership and community service as a senior.
Hill was also a three-year member of the Catamount men's lacrosse team. He graduated from UVM with a degree in psychology and a minor in sociology.
After graduation, Hill served as an assistant coach at Rice Memorial High School, where he helped start the program with former UVM assistant coach Damian DiGiulian.
He was an assistant and goalie coach at nearby St. Michael's College during the 2011-12 season and moved on to become the head coach and hockey director at Culver Military Academy.