University of Massachusetts All-American and career assists leader James Marcou (2007-10) returned to Amherst as a volunteer assistant coach in 2016. He begins his second season on Greg Carvel’s staff in 2017-18.
Marcou, a 2015 graduate of the Isenberg School of Management, was UMass’ sixth All-American in program history with his AHCA Second-Team nod following his sophomore season (2008-09). His 35 points during the conference campaign tied him for the Hockey East scoring title, the first Minuteman to ever lead the league in points. He finished the year with 47 points on 15 goals and 32 assists. His 32 assists set a then-UMass single-season record, while his 47 points ranked fourth all-time.
A two-time All-Hockey East performer and New England Hockey Writers All-Star, Marcou broke his own school record for single-season assists (40) as a junior in 2009-10. Marcou currently ranks No. 4 among UMass’ all-time scorers with 130 points in 111 games played.
Forgoing his senior year, Marcou signed a free agent contract with the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. He played for two and a half seasons before medically retiring. He served on the varsity boys’ hockey staff for Milton Academy during the 2015-16 season.
Joe Giordano finished his first season as an assistant men’s ice hockey coach at Connecticut College in the NESCAC . He is responsible for assisting head coach Jim Ward with all aspects of the program with an emphasis on recruiting, special teams, video and individual skill development.
Giordano, who also oversees the squad’s strength and conditioning program, was most recently a four-year letterwinner and team captain with the Camels. During his career, the forward registered 59 career points on 18 goals and 41 assists over 97 appearances. He also helped the team advance as far as the semifinal round of the NESCAC Tournament and earned a place on the NESCAC All-Academic Team for his efforts in the classroom.
Prior to coming to Connecticut College, Giordano was an ice hockey standout at Loomis Chaffee. He also played at the Junior level for the Springfield Pics in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and the Bismarck Bobcats in the North American Hockey League.
A native of Ellington, Connecticut, Giordano graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor’s degree in history and economics in 2017.