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    Joe Pereira
    Joe Pereira
    Position:
    Assistant Coach

    College:
    Boston University ('11)

    Joe Pereira joins Mike Cavanaugh's first staff at UConn just four years removed from winning a national title as a player at Boston University in 2009.

    Pereira played for the Terriers from 2007-11 and was a team captain his senior year. He was part of the 2009 BU team that won the NCAA national championship plus the Beanpot Tournament and the Hockey East regular season and tournament titles.

    He was a two-time winner of BU's Bennett McInnis Memorial Spirit Award and was the Albert Sidd Unsung Hero Award winner as a senior, as he led the team with 15 goals. He earned Hockey East All-Academic honors and the Regina Eiberg Scholarship as the top student-athlete on the team.

    Pereira earned a bachelor of science degree in business of management in 2011 and had a professional career that saw him play for the Worcester Sharks and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (2010), the Idaho Steelheads and South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League (2011-12). He also played professionally in Sweden in the summer of 2011.

    He was the club hockey coach at Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport during the 2012-13 season and led the school to its first-ever Northeast Collegiate Hockey League championship.

    Before joining the Huskies, he was the Director of Scouting for Madison Avenue Sports and Entertainment.

    Prior to enrolling at BU, he played two seasons at the South Kent (Conn.) School and was a team captain in 2006-07 and led the team in scoring. He led the Cardinals to their first appearance in the New England Prep Division I playoffs. He is a member of the South Kent Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Pereira is a native of West Haven, Conn.