Rob Rassey joined the Harvard men's hockey coaching staff in the fall of 2013 and is in his second season with the Crimson in 2014-15. In his first season with Harvard, Rassey helped forwards Jimmy Vesey and Sean Malone earn All-Ivy League accolades, while Malone was tabbed Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year.
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.