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Endicott names R.J. Tolan as school's first hockey coach

Wentworth Athletic Communications

BEVERLY, MASS. -- Endicott College has announced that former Wentworth Institute of Technology head coach R.J. Tolan will be the school's first hockey coach. The school announced earlier this spring that it would be elevating its men's and women's hockey programs to NCAA Division III from the club level.

Tolan spent the past nine seasons at WIT, including the last eight as a head coach. The Waltham, Mass. native and UMass Lowell alum compiled a record of 128-74-16 as head coach of the Leopards. He led the team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013.

Endicott will play the 2014-15 season as a club program before entering NCAA action for the 2015-16 season. The Gulls will be playing in a brand new on-campus facility that will be built by August of 2015. Construction is expected to begin in full steam this summer.

Endicott is a small liberal arts college located on the north shore of Boston that started as a co-ed school, but has grown exponentially over the past decade. The Gulls' athletic program boasted baseball and lacrosse programs that made the NCAA Tournament in 2014.

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