COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. – Joe Augustine (North Scituate, RI) has been named Head Coach of the 2009 United States University Select Team, which will compete at the Winter World University Games, to be held February 18-28, 2009 in Harbin, China. The U.S. University Select Team is comprised of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).
Augustine is returning to the U.S. University Select Team coaching ranks for the second consecutive time, having served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the Winter World University Games in 2007 in Turin, Italy under Chad Cassel of the University of Illinois.
Joe Augustine is in his 20th season as head coach at the University of Rhode Island. He brings more than 25 years of experience to the Rhode Island Hockey program both as a player and as a coach. Under Augustine, Rhode Island has enjoyed a 390-170-33 record, 19 consecutive winning seasons and one ACHA National Championship (2006). Augustine won back-to-back ACHA Men’s Division 1 Coach-of-the-Year Awards in 2004-05 and 2005-2006, and was the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA) Coach-of-the-Year in 2003-04.
Augustine began his coaching career in 1983 as an assistant at Tolman High School in Pawtucket, RI. After two seasons, he became the head coach at Shea High School, also located in Pawtucket, RI. Under his tutelage, the Shea High School Raiders skated to an impressive 19-1 record, winning both division and state titles. Augustine then went on to spend two seasons as an assistant coach at Brown University and then one year as the head coach for the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). Augustine joined the URI Rams in 1989. While working as a pro advanced scout for the Cornwall Ace’s (AHL) in 1995, the top farm club for Quebec Nordiques (NHL), Augustine was a member of the NCAA Organizational Committee for the 1995 NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament in Providence, RI.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Augustine attended and played hockey at Saint Rita High School. He went on to play juniors for the Austin Mavericks of the United States Hockey League. In 59 games, Augustine tallied 10 goals, 43 assists, and 189 penalty minutes. Those stats earned him a spot on the United States Jr. All-American Team selected by the NHL. He was also a member of the US Jr. National Team that participated in the World Jr. Tournament held in Winnipeg, Canada.
In 1976, Augustine was selected by the Atlanta Flames in the seventh round and by the Cleveland Crusaders of the World Hockey association in the fifth round. He opted for Boston College helping the Eagles to a Beanpot Championship in 1976, an ECAC Championship and a second place finish in the 1978 NCAA Tournament held in Providence, RI. In his three seasons with the Eagles, Augustine scored 27 goals and 77 assists for 104 points. He became one of only six defenseman in Boston College history to join the 100-point club and amass 196 penalty minutes. In recognition towards his outstanding collegiate career, Joe Augustine, in October 2005, was the 58th hockey player to be inducted into the Boston College Hall of Fame.
Augustine turned pro after his junior year and played six seasons with the Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devil organizations. Augustine earned his B.S. in public administration during the off-season. Augustine resides in North Scituate, RI with his wife Jewell (a former Ice Capades skater), his 20 year-old daughter Jaclyn, and 15 year-old son Jon. Jaclyn is a freshman on the University of Rhode Island Women’s Hockey Team.