Men’s Hockey Welcomes Rassey To Coaching Staff For 2013-14 Season

Rob Rassey comes to Cambridge after two season in the USHL with the Youngstown Phantoms (Photo Courtesy: Youngstown Phantoms).

Ted Donato '91, the Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey announced the addition of Rob Rassey to the coaching staff for the 2013-14 season. Rassey will serve as an assistant coach on Donato’s staff, along with Albie O’Connell, who is in his third year with the Crimson.

Rassey comes to Cambridge after a successful two-year stint as an assistant coach with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL). In his first year coaching with the club, he helped the Phantoms return to the USHL playoffs, securing a fourth-place finish thanks to a 32-win season. Last year, he saw the team notch 37 wins and finish third in its division, claiming another playoff berth.  

Prior to working with the Youngstown program, Rassey worked with USA Hockey Massachusetts Player Development for the select festival as a scout and coach. Before that, he was a volunteer coach with his alma mater, Northeastern University, from 2009-2011, helping the team to a 30-32-10 record. At Northeastern, Rassey was in charge of special teams, in game scouting/adjustments, game plan design, video breakdown, and bench management.

Rassey skated at Northeastern from 2005-2009, where his team improved from a three-win season his freshman year to a 25-win campaign as a senior – setting a university record and earning the school’s first NCAA tournament bid in more than 20 years.  He was a four-time letterman, a four-time Hockey East Academic Honor Roll recipient – including being named a Hockey East Distinguished Scholar in 2009 – and recipient of the 2008 Coaches’ Award for loyalty and friendship to the NU hockey program. He graduated in 2009 Magna Cum Laude with a degree in finance and management.

Following his time at Northeastern, Rassey played for the Youngstown Phantoms, then of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), and was a two-time captain.