Jim Montgomery is in fifth season behind the bench at DU for 2017-18 after being named the eighth head coach in program history on April 15, 2013. He signed a contract extension last summer that runs through the 2020-21 season.
Montgomery, 47, has amassed a record of 102-47-18 at Denver, reaching the Century Mark faster than any coach in DU history. The Montréal, Québec native has led the Pioneers to the NCAA Tournament in each of his seasons in the Mile High City, winning the inaugural NCHC Championship in 2014, making the ‘Elite Eight’ in 2015 and leading Denver to its first Frozen Four berth since 2005 in 2016 prior to capturing the eighth national title in program history in 2017. He was named a finalist for the Herb Brooks Award as NCHC Coach of the Year in both 2016 and 2017 and won the Spencer Penrose Award as national coach of the year in 2017.
Prior to his arrival in Denver, Montgomery spent three seasons (2010-13) as Head Coach/General Manager of the United States Hockey League’s Dubuque Fighting Saints, winning a pair of Clark Cup championships (2011 & 2013) as well as a regular season title (2013) and GM of the Year honors (2013). He was an assistant coach at RPI from 2006-10 and began his coaching career at Notre Dame in 2005-06, serving as a volunteer coach with the Fighting Irish. Hockey East’s all-time leading scorer with 301 career points (103G-198A), Montgomery won a national title during his senior season at Maine in 1993 and went on to play professionally for 12 years in the NHL, AHL, IHL, UHL, DEL and RSL.
Montgomery and his wife Emily live in Highlands Ranch with their two sons and one daughter.