David Berard was named Interim Head Coach of the University of Connecticut men's hockey team on January 7, 2013. Berard is in the midst of his second season at UConn in 2012-13 with 20 years of collegiate hockey experience, including 15 with Providence College of Hockey East. Berard was instrumental in 2011-12 in leading the Huskies to a 16-19-4 record while ranking second in the nation on the power play at 25.7-percent and 14th in the nation on the penalty kill at 84.2-percent.
Widely respected throughout college hockey, Berard had a variety of roles for the Friars over the years. From a coaching perspective, 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. He also led opponent scouting meetings, developed scouting reports and oversaw the implementation and use of video technology for the program. Administratively, Berard served as the staff liaison for the Office of Academic Services, which monitored the academic progress of Friar Hockey players.
In addition, Berard also served as the recruiting coordinator for the Friars from 1998-2005, as well as, Associate Head Coach from 2003-05. He was instrumental in bringing a number of talented players to Providence. During his tenure, Berard recruited three players named to the AHCA/JOFA University Division All-American Team, one player voted to the GTE/CoSIDA Division I Academic All-American Team, seven players selected to the Hockey East All-Star Team and five players chosen for the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. Additionally, Berard recruited 21 players that were selected in the NHL Entry Draft. He also recruited five players who signed NHL contracts and coached ten players who have played in the National Hockey League. Furthermore, two of Berard's recruits represented the United States at the IIHF World Under-20 Championships.
Berard returned to Providence College prior to the start of the 1998-99 season after serving as the top assistant for two years at Lake Superior State University of the CCHA. At Lake Superior, Berard served as recruiting coordinator for Head Coach, Scott Borek. Berard began his coaching career at Colby College during the 1992-93 season. After two successful rebuilding seasons, Berard returned to his alma mater to serve as an assistant coach to then first-year Head Coach, Paul Pooley.
In his first two years at Providence, the Friars made consecutive trips to the Hockey East Championship Game, finishing 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 2000-01, Berard helped guide the Friars to a second-place finish, the best Hockey East Regular Season finish in program history. They also earned a berth in the Hockey East Championship Game and an at-large bid to the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
During the past 17 years, 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 2003-08, 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 Halle a.d. Saale, Germany. Most recently, Berard was named as a coach for the USA Hockey - Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Program, a position he has held since 2008.
A former goaltender in his playing days at Providence College, 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 Championship Tournament Semi-Finals and two teams that qualified for the NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament.
Berard graduated from PC in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Marketing. He currently resides in East Greenwich, RI with his wife, Lynne, and their sons, Brett and Brady.