C.J. Marottolo is in his eleventh season at the helm of the Pioneers. Last season, the Pioneers recorded their sixth consecutive season of double digit wins, finishing 15-15-4. In the same season the Pioneers reached the Quarterfinals of the AHC Tournament before falling to RIT two games to one in the series. In 2015, SHU went 13-20-4, matching up against Bentley in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey playoffs. In 2014, Sacred Heart reached the quarterfinals of the AHC Tournament while compiling a 13-19-6 record.
Under his direction, SHU tied the program record in wins with a 21-13-4 overall finish in his first season as head coach in 2009-10. The Pioneers fin-ished 6-9-3 in conference play, good enough for second in Atlantic Hockey in 2009-10, a two-seed in the AHA Tournament, and a trip to the confer-ence championship game. The AHA named Marottolo the Bauer Coach of the Year for 2009-10, when SHU set a school record by owning the nation’s longest unbeaten streak (12 games) before falling to RIT on Feb. 5.
Marottolo came to Sacred Heart after 13 years as an assistant and associ-ate head coach at Yale. During his tenure the Bulldogs reached the NCAA tournament twice. Marottolo has also earned a reputation as an excellent recruiter. At Yale he brought in four All-Americans, nine All-ECAC selec-tions, and four Ivy League Rookies of the Year.
An assistant coach at Trinity College for two winters before Yale, Marottolo graduated from Northeastern University in 1989. The following two years he served as player/head coach of the Hockey Club of Metz, France. While overseas, he was also head coach of Euro-Sport/Drummond Hockey School in Amenville, France. Marottolo, who speaks French fluently, has also served as an assistant coach for Team New England at the 1997 Select 16 USA Hockey Festival and coached the 1998 Select 15 team before becoming head coach of the 1999 New England Select 15 squad that finished fourth.
He and his wife, Lynn, daughter, Kailey, and son, Jack, reside in North Haven.