Dartmouth announced the hiring of Reid Cashman as head coach on Monday. Cashman comes to Hanover as the 22nd head coach in program history after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to his pro career, Cashman was coaching at his alma mater, Quinnipiac. As an assistant, he helped lead Quinnipiac to two Frozen Four appearances.
As a player, Cashman was an All-American, a First-Team All-ECAC Hockey selection and a Hobey Baker Top-10 Finalist (2005).
“I feel like I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to be the head coach of the Dartmouth men’s hockey program,” Cashman said. “For 114 years, Dartmouth has competed at the highest level and has produced Olympians, All-Americans and NHL players. Along with the great history on the ice, Dartmouth College has been one of the finest institutions in the world for more than 250 years. It is truly an honor to be given this prestigious opportunity.”
Cashman beat out Dartmouth alum and former NHL defenseman Ben Lovejoy for the job. Among other finalists were reported to be Cam Ellsworth (Norwich head coach), Paul Pearl (BU associate head coach) and Tanner Glass.
“I am excited for Reid and this opportunity with Dartmouth,” said Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold. “He has done so much for the Quinnipiac program as both a player and a coach. Reid was a big reason for both our Frozen Four runs.”
Between Quinnipiac and his two years with the Capitals, Cashman was an assistant with the Hershey Bears, the Capitals’ AHL affiliate.
He joins Princeton’s Ron Fogarty as the only non-alumni of the six Ivy League hockey schools, though both played in the ECAC.
“I have had the pleasure of knowing Reid Cashman for the past seven years,” said Devon Toews, a former Quinnipiac player and current New York Islander. “I am honored and humbled to call him a mentor and a true friend. His ability to challenge and support you as a player and a person is unmatched. His ascent through the coaching ranks is because of his willingness to listen and learn just as much as his ability to coach. Reid has been a major influence throughout my life and I believe he will have the opportunity to influence many others throughout his time at Dartmouth.”