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Nick Petraglia is no stranger to Miami hockey, as the former RedHawk player is in his 13th season as a member of Miami’s coaching staff in 2016-17 and his seventh as an assistant coach. He was promoted to assistant coach for the 2010-11 campaign, serving in that role at his alma mater following three seasons as the director of hockey operations. As an assistant coach, he helps with on-ice instruction in all facets of the game and works extensively with the RedHawk goaltenders. He also serves as co-recruiting coordinator, is the team’s academic liaison and works with the program’s alumni board.
Miami has seen great success with Petraglia behind the bench, capturing the program’s first Mason Cup by winning the CCHA Tournament in his first year (2010-11), winning the final CCHA regular-season championship in 2012-13 and capturing the NCHC Frozen Faceoff in 2014-15. After working with two of Miami’s best goalies in program history his first two years as an assistant in Connor Knapp and Cody Reichard, Petraglia had the challenge of developing two freshmen netminders (Ryan McKay and Jay Williams) in 2012-13. He was up to the task, as the duo helped backstop the team to a pair of conference titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances while both etching their names into the Miami record books.
Petraglia coached McKay to earn CCHA All-Rookie Team honors and National Rookie of the Month in December of 2012, as McKay finished the year second in the country with a 1.39 goals-against average. The 1.39 GAA smashed Knapp’s previous record of 1.69, which was set just a year earlier, also with the help of Petraglia. McKay posted a .946 save percentage as well in his rookie season, which was also second nationally and another school single-season record, topping the .933 save percentage set by Knapp the previous season year and Jeff Zatkoff in 2007-08. Williams was nearly as impressive under Petraglia’s direction, posting a 1.94 GAA (ninth nationally) and .924 save percentage, both of which rank sixth in Miami single-season history.
With McKay battling injuries, Williams backstopped the team to a Frozen Faceoff title during the 2014-15 season. A junior at the time, Williams enjoyed the finest season of his career by going 19-8 with a 2.04 goals against average, a .917 save percentage and five shutouts. He was also named NCHC Goaltender of the Week four times and was a candidate for the Mike Richter Award that season. Williams’ 19 victories that season tied for the fifth most in program history. Altogether, both McKay and Williams each cracked school’s career top-10 list in goals against average (both 7th: 2.37), saves (McKay: 1,971; 8th, Williams: 1,898; 10th), save percentage (McKay: .917; 4th, Williams: .909; 8th), wins (Williams: 46; t-4th, McKay: 34; t-7th) and minutes played (Williams: 4,845; 7th, McKay: 4,516; 9th).
In his first two years, Petraglia helped Knapp and Reichard become two of the top goaltenders in Miami history and in the nation. Knapp was named the CCHA’s Best Goaltender in 2011-12 after posting a then-school-record 1.69 GAA, while his .933 save percentage tied the school record at the time. Both marks ranked fourth nationally on the year. Knapp finished his career atop Miami’s all-time GAA list with a 1.94 career mark while his .918 career save percentage is second at Miami. He also set the school record with 13 career shutouts. Reichard closed his career ranked third at Miami in both GAA (2.10) and save percentage (.912) while his 12 career whitewashes are second in program history.
In his first year as assistant coach (2010-11), Petraglia coached Knapp and Reichard into the top goalie tandem in the NCAA as they ranked sixth and seventh nationally for goals against average with 2.03 and 2.05 GAAs, respectively. Reichard also had the sixth-highest win percentage in the NCAA at .727 and earned Honorable Mention All-CCHA and All-CCHA Tournament Team honors.
While serving as director of hockey operations, Petraglia provided a variety of administrative support to the program. In addition, the Faribault, Minn., native developed all of Miami’s scouting reports and served as the team’s video coordinator. Prior to his role in charge of hockey operations, Petraglia spent three seasons as a volunteer assistant coach where he worked closely with the team’s defensive corps and mock special teams units and helped develop the RedHawks’ dominant goaltending tandem of Zatkoff and Charlie Effinger, both of whom still rank in the top four in Miami history in career goals-against average and save percentage.
During the offseason, Petraglia has spent several weeks coaching Miami’s hockey school and has coached both the Select 14 and Select 16 festivals for USA Hockey over the past several years. He has also been selected to coach at the Warren Strelow National Team Camp with USA Hockey several times, which included the nation’s top goaltenders eligible for international play. As a member of the Strelow staff, Petraglia is responsible for helping identify and develop the elite level goaltenders in the nation. He has also worked closely with Washington Capitals (NHL) goalie coach Mitch Korn since 2001.
As a student-athlete at Miami, Petraglia posted a .902 career save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average in his four years as a goaltender for the Red and White. In his senior season, he set career bests with a 1.94 GAA and .920 save percentage as the RedHawks qualified for the NCAA Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo. Following the 2001-02 season, he was presented with the team’s Most Improved Player Award and was a recipient of Miami’s Scholar-Athlete Award in 2004.
Prior to Miami, Petraglia played at the prestigious Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep School in Minnesota under former St. Louis Blues head coach Andy Murray, and finished his prep career with a 65-9-3 record, including a 35-7-1 mark as a senior. In 1999, he was in goal as the Sabres captured the school’s first Under-18 Tier I National Championship. He received his bachelor’s degree in sport organization from Miami in 2004 and his master’s degree in sport behavior and performance in 2007.
Petraglia and his wife, Becky, reside in Oxford with their son, Rocco, and daughter, Athena.