Canisius made it official, hiring assistant coach Trevor Large as the school's head hockey coach.
Large has spent the last three seasons with the Golden Griffins, including working as the program's recruiting coordinator. He succeeds Dave Smith, who left the program last month to become the head coach at RPI.
The promotion stems from the success the Griffs have had, including winning their first regular season Atlantic Hockey championship this past season. Large was instrumental in bringing Charles Williams to Canisius for the goaltender's fifth year of collegiate eligibility. Williams, who was the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year, set numerous program records and backstopped the Griffs to the conference semifinals.
Large has 11 years of experience in Atlantic Hockey, coming to Canisius after six seasons as an assistant at Army West Point. Previous to that he spent two seasons at American International.
A native of Brampton, Ontario, Large played at Ferris State from 2000-04, helping the Bulldogs to the 2003 CCHA regular-season championship and first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
“During his time with our program, Trevor has shown all the qualities to be a successful Division I head coach,” Director of Athletic Bill Maher said in the news release announcing the hiring. “He has a proven track record of recruiting and coaching student-athletes that are successful, both on the ice and in the classroom. He knows this program well, and I firmly believe he is the best choice to continue the growth of our hockey program. Our goal here at Canisius is to regularly compete for Atlantic Hockey Championships. I look forward to working with Trevor to achieve that goal.”
“I would like to thank Canisius College President John J. Hurley and Bill Maher for this tremendous opportunity,” Large said via the news release. “It has been my goal to become a Division I head coach and the opportunity to lead the Canisius hockey program is one I take great pride in.
“The culture at Canisius is truly special and I am honored to have the chance to remain a part of it. During my time with the program, we have achieved a great amount of success. I would like to thank Dave Smith, the student-athletes, and the support staff, for all their efforts to move the program forward. After a tremendous 2016-17 season, we are just scratching the surface of the potential of Griffs hockey. On behalf on my wife, Molly, and our children, Brody and Harper, we are excited to take this next step as part of the Canisius College community.”