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February 19, 2013
AHCA Coach Profile: Rhode Island Men's Head Coach Joe Augustine

In this edition of our regular coach feature at, Rhode Island Men's Hockey Coach Joe Augustine was kind enough to answer a variety of questions.

Augustine won #500 for the non-varsity Rams on January 4, a thrilling 5-3 win at West Chester University. Augustine is in his 24th season at URI and in that time as compiled a mark of 505-226-45. At the time of the win, the Rams are currently ranked #17 in the country with an overall record of 19-11-3.

Twice an ACHA Coach of the Year, Augustine has had quite a hockey career. One of only six Boston College defensemen to compile 100 points, he was inducted into the BC Hall of Fame in 1985. Drafted by the Atlanta Flames in 1976, Joe left Boston College after his junior year and played six NHL seasons with Atlanta, the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. Augustine began his coaching career in 1983 as assistant at Tolman High School. After two seasons, he was head coach at Shea High School, leading them to a 19-1 record, winning division and state titles.

Augustine then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Brown University and one year as head coach for the CCRI. Augustine joined URI in 1989. He also worked as a pro advanced scout for the Cornwall Ace's (AHL) in 1995, the top farm club for the NHL Quebec Nordiques.

Personal / Experience

1 - Where did you play your Junior/HS/Prep hockey?

I was raised on the southside of Chicago and played for Saint Rita H.S. and then moved on to the Austin Mavericks, a junior team in Minnesota.

2 - Described your recruiting process, who recruited you and why did you pick the School you played for?

I decided on Boston College because of the school, hockey tradition and Coach Ceglarski. Coach Ceglarski's involvement with me and my parents had a major influence on my decision to attend BC.

3 - What is the one hockey highlight that comes to mind during your years of playing college hockey?

Winning the Beanpot and ECAC Championship;every game we played.

4 - Why did you become a college coach? Explain the process that led you to decide coaching was the right career path for you.

I started coaching high school in Rhode Island and that was a great way to start because I wasn't sure that I would enjoy it. After three years of high school hockey, Coach Herb Hammond asked me to join his staff at Brown University as an assistant. Coach Hammond had a great influence on my coaching career.Coaching keeps me involved in the game as I enjoy the teaching and working with the young players.

5 - Talk about the varied coaching experiences you have had ... both at Rhode Island and other coaching opportunities.

I have been at URI for 24 years. I also had the honor to be an assistant and the Head Coach for the U.S. Select Team for the World University Games in Torino, Italy and Harbin, China.


1 - Can you describe your hockey program, the league you are in, the school and its location?

University of Rhode Island is located in Kingston, RI and has ten thousand undergrads. Our hockey program participates in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League which is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

2 - What intangibles do you want your current players to retain before leaving you hockey program?

All of our players know that they are not going to sign a NHL contract after their college career. We want all of our players to be accountable at all times. In the classroom, on the ice, off the ice, in the weight room and representing our school and hockey program.

3 - Can you described a day to day schedule of your players leading into home and away games, as well as your practice progression?

We practice Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00pm. We have circuit weight training Monday and Wednesday after practice. When we travel, practice is early on Thursday. Our games take place on Friday and Saturday.