STORRS, Conn. - Former UConn men's hockey head coach and student-athlete Bruce Marshall passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 54. Marshall was currently the head men's ice hockey coach at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. and was entering his second season at that position.
Born July 23, 1962 in West Boylston, Mass., Marshall was involved in the development of the UConn program from his days as a player to becoming the winningest head coach in program history with 339 victories.
"The entire UConn hockey community is saddened by the passing of Coach Marshall," said current UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh. "I knew Bruce for over 25 years and saw his passion for the game and coaching. He was a great mentor for many young men who came to Storrs and wore a UConn jersey. His passing is a loss for UConn and the entire hockey community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marshall family."
Marshall was a four-year letter winner in the UConn ice hockey program. He played in 94 career games, and as a senior, Marshall was co-captain of the 1984-85 squad that finished with a 14-10 record and became the first Connecticut ice hockey team to make the ECAC playoffs. He received his bachelor of science degree in physical education from Connecticut in May of 1985.
After graduation, Marshall served as assistant ice hockey coach at his alma mater for one season. He later directed the varsity hockey program at Worcester (Mass.) Academy for two years while employed in private industry.
Marshall returned to UConn in 1988 and became the third head coach in UConn hockey history. In his fourth year as head coach, in 1991-92, he posted the school's first 20-win season (22-4-2). From 1989-90 through 1995-96, Marshall oversaw a run of seven-straight years of 15 wins or more, which was unprecedented in program history. In 1998-99, he would lead the Huskies to 20 wins (20-10-4) in their inaugural Division I campaign and then proceeded to lead the squad to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title a year later.
UConn joined Atlantic Hockey in the 2003-04 season and Marshall led the Huskies to the AHA playoffs every season through 2011-12. He resigned as the UConn coach on January 7, 2013.
During Marshall's tenure as head coach of UConn's ice hockey program, the Huskies produced seven All-Americans, 26 all-conference members and six Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team selections.
For his accomplishments as UConn's hockey coach, Marshall was recognized by his peers in earning several honors. He won the Edward Jeremiah College Division National Coach of the Year Award and was named the ECAC Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 1991-92 season.
Marshall served as Vice President of the American Hockey Coaches Association for three years in a term ending in 2006. He joined the AHCA in 2009 as Vice President for another three-year term. He has also served on its Board of Directors for the AHCA for seven years from 1999-2006.
Marshall leaves behind four children -- Matthew, Mollie, Marisa and Marikate.
The calling hours will be Friday, October 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, Mass. The funeral service will be Saturday, October 22, at 11 a.m. in All Saints Church, 10 Irving St., Worcester. Burial in High Plain Cemetery, West Boylston, will be private.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Franklin Pierce hockey program, Franklin Pierce University, C/O Bruce Kirsh-Athletic Director, 40 University Drive, Ringe NH, 03461; or to The Bruce Marshall Foundation - whose mission is to provide strength, hope, courage and love to coaches and athletes in need; PO Box 298, Storrs, CT, 06268.