Rob Rassey joined the Harvard men's hockey coaching staff in the fall of 2013 and completed his sixth season with the Crimson in 2018-19. 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. In continuing to develop the forwards, Vesey made national waves in Rassey's second year, leading the country in goals and finishing as the Ivy and ECAC Player of the Year, as well as a Hobey Hat Trick finalist. The culmination of Vesey's development occured in 2016 when he earned the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player.
Rassey oversaw Harvard's standout power play in 2018-19, as the Crimson finished second in the nation with a 28.3% conversion rate on the man advantage. The Crimson had one of the top scoring offenses in the nation, averaging 3.21 goals per game.
He also mentored Hobey Hat Trick finalist Ryan Donato during the 2017-18 season, as Donato earned All-America and ECAC Hockey Player of the Year honors and led the nation with an average of .90 goals per game.
Harvard's offense continued to excel in Rassey's fourth season (2016-17), ranking second in the nation with 4.06 goals. That high-powered offense helped Harvard capture the Beanpot, Ivy League, ECAC regular season and championship titles and reached the NCAA Frozen Four. Harvard also posted 28 victories, the most since the 1989 national championship season.
Harvard's offense ranked ninth in the country in 2015-16 with a 2.41 goals per game average. The Crimson's high-powered offense led to it reaching the ECAC Hockey Tournament championship game for the second-straight season, while also earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Harvard posted a 19-11-14 record and won the Shillelagh (Notre Dame) and Mariucci (Minnesota) regular season tournaments.
The 2014-15 season also saw Harvard lead the ECAC in scoring at 3.23 per game. Vesey led the conference in scoring and Kyle Criscuolo and Tyler Moy each finished in the top-10. Nationally, Harvard ranked 10th in scoring offense at 3.27 goals per game. Its offense prowess led to a 21-win season, the ECAC Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
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.