Notre Dame-West Haven officials have tabbed one of their own to replace Bill Gerosa as the new Notre Dame boys hockey coach.
Tim Belcher, who coached the Lyman Hall boys hockey team the past 13 seasons, has been named the new Green Knights boys hockey coach. Sources have said it came down to two finalists- Belcher, a former Notre Dame hockey player who graduated in 1993, and Ben Vaill, who helped lead the 1982 Green Knights to their first CIAC Division I title.
“I think Tim has done a great job at Lyman Hall and his selection as the new coach at Notre Dame is well deserved,” said Sal Follo, the Milford Indians coach and member of the CIAC Boys Ice Hockey Committee. “He’s got a great track record at Lyman Hall and the success he had there will continue at Notre Dame.”
Belcher replaces Gerosa who announced his retirement after last season after 15 seasons as head coach at Notre Dame. Gerosa compiled a 215-115-10 overall record, had six state championship game appearances and won two state titles.
According to Notre Dame’s press release Belcher becomes the first former player to coach the Green Knights. In the 1992-93 boys hockey season he led the Green Knights to the CIAC Division I title (3-2 win over Trinity Catholic).
“To be the first former player to be named head coach is a great honor,” Belcher said in a prepared statement. “I think what I’m looking forward to the most is being the leader of my alma mater.”
Belcher guided the Trojans to the CIAC Division II tournament semifinals four times. He also led the Trojans to the Southern Connecticut Conference Division II tournament in 2009 and 2010 and lost in the semifinals both seasons. Last season, due to a drop in the number of players, the Trojans became a co-op team with Haddam-Killingworth and dropped down from Division II to III to be more competitive.
Belcher, assistant director of admissions at Southern Connecticut State, now gets his dream job, taking over one of the most successful teams in Connecticut Division I boys hockey.