John Lauziere took over the reigns of the University of Southern Maine women's ice hockey program in the fall of 2006 after serving as an assistant coach with the men's ice hockey team for four seasons. He is the fifth head coach in the program's history.
A former standout for the men's team during his collegiate playing career, Lauziere has worked hard to improve the fortunes of the Huskies. In his 11 seasons leading the program, USM has earned a berth in the league postseason tournament 10 times, and reached the championship semifinals in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Lauziere led the Huskies to a dramatic improvement in his third season, 2008-2009, leading USM to a record of 14-9-4 overall and 12-5-2 in the ECAC East. The Huskies 14-9-4 record marked their first winning record since the 2003-2004 season.
Since taking over the program, Lauziere has mentored four players to all-league honors, and three to all-rookie team accolades. A number of his former players have gone on to play professional hockey, including most recently Julia Pearl and Cassandra Sherman.
During his four seasons as an assistant coach with the men's team, Lauziere helped the Huskies compile a 44-54-7 overall record, including a 38-37-5 mark in the final three seasons. In the 2004-2005 season, the Huskies enjoyed their finest season in more than a decade going 15-10-2 and reached the semifinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East tournament for the first time.
As a player, Lauziere played four seasons for the Huskies after transferring from Quinnipiac University. He appeared in 93 games, scoring 30 goals and earning 25 assists for 55 points. He had five power-play goals, one short-handed tally and five game-winning goals. Twice during his career he was named the ECAC East Player of the Week.
Lauziere received his bachelor's degree in communication from USM in 2002.
|Title:||Women's Ice Hockey Assistant Coach|
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Joining the women's ice hockey coaching staff this year is former USM standout Cassandra Sherman.
During her four seasons with the Huskies (2012-2016), Sherman was a two-time captain and played in 104 games scoring 47 points on 25 goals and 22 assists. She led the team in scoring during the 2015-16 season with a career-high nine goals and five assists for 14 points. Sherman also had two short-handed goals and six game-winning goals during her career.
A two-time ECAC Women's East Rookie of the Week selection (Dec. 3, Jan. 14) during her rookie season (2012-13), Sherman was also an ECAC Women's East All-Academic Team honoree in 2014-15. She also earned a weekly honor roll citation (Feb. 8) from the New England Hockey Conference during her final season.