Mike O’Grady begins his second season as the head women’s ice hockey coach at Nichols College in 2018-19.
In his first season behind the bench, the Bison won a program-record 12 games and scored their first playoff win in program history, a 2-1 overtime triumph over Johnson & Wales (RI) in the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) Quarterfinal round on February 24 at Levy Rink. Nichols – whose 11-win turnaround was the largest in the nation this season – also set single-season records for goals/game (2.08), assists (82), points (182), PP goals (20), save percentage (.915), and fewest goals allowed (67). Freshman Mel McAleer was named CHC Rookie of the Year while 16 student-athletes garnered CHC Academic All-Conference honors.
O’Grady came to Nichols after spending the 2016-17 season as an assistant women’s ice hockey coach at the University of Maine, a member of Hockey East. While in Orono, O’Grady designed and implemented on-ice position specific skill development for all student-athletes, managed the defense during games, recruited potential student-athletes, and coordinated all aspects of team travel.
Prior to his arrival at Maine, O’Grady spent two seasons at Mercyhurst University, where he served as the assistant coach with the women’s ice hockey program while concurrently serving as a graduate assistant for the Mercyhurst Archaeological institute. O’Grady was responsible for strength and conditioning, goaltender development, daily practice planning, game day decisions, in-game video, and coordination of the team’s meals, travel arrangements, and marketing.
From 2011-15, O’Grady worked for the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) as an Intern for National Events. There, he assisted the ACHA Executive Director in event planning, protocol, and daily operations, as well as the ACHA Board during the M1 National Tournament and coaches’ convention.
O’Grady cut his teeth in coaching at his alma mater, John Carroll University, where he was an assistant hockey coach for three seasons (2011-14) for its ACHA program. He was in charge of recruiting, equipment, positional development, video, talent evaluating, and team travel. Additionally, O’Grady served as the Head of Marketing and Community Outreach, where he focused on fundraiser, social justice, special event, and donation management. In 2011-12, O’Grady helped the team reach the ACHA D1 National Tournament for the first time in program history.
O’Grady holds a USA Hockey Level 4 Coaches Certification and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He performed an internship during his senior year at John Carroll with the strength and conditioning coach, where he helped implement programs for several of the college’s programs., including women’s soccer and volleyball.
O’ Grady earned his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Exercise Science in May, 2014 and his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercyhurst in 2017.
Career Record at Nichols