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Colgate men’s hockey moves assistant coach to full-time capacity

Posted 8/2/22

Chris Azzano is now a full-time assistant coach with the Colgate University men’s hockey team.

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Colgate men’s hockey moves assistant coach to full-time capacity

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HAMILTON — Chris Azzano is now a full-time assistant coach with the Colgate University men’s hockey team.

Azzano, a 33-year-old Oshawa, Ontario native who has spent time in Central New York, has been working with the NCAA Division I team under longtime coach Don Vaughan for the last two years.

Colgate announced the move with Azzano on Tuesday.

“We are very excited to be adding Chris to our staff. He has worked very hard over the past nine years for this opportunity. He is a dedicated coach with a strong work ethic and has a reputation of building strong relationships with his student-athletes,” Vaughan said in a news release. “His experience in the USHL and his knowledge of some of our prime recruiting areas will help us continue to attract the best and brightest hockey players to Colgate.”

Azzano joined the staff as a volunteer assistant prior to the 2020-21 season, the school said.

Azzano’s expertise in guiding goalies will be a benefit to the program, Vaughan said.

The school said it will be especially helpful as Colgate is set to have two first-year players joining the team this fall along with Azzano’s established relationship with NHL draft pick Carter Gylander.

Azzano joins Associate Head Coach Dana Borges on the staff with Vaughan. Borges has been full-time since the 2018-19 season.

Colgate finished the 2021-22 season with an 18-18-4 record.

Most recently, Azzano worked as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III SUNY Morrisville from 2019 to this year. Colgate noted that Morrisville had 12 team members named to the SUNYAC All-Academic Team.

Azzano also spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Lincoln Stars of the junior-level United States Hockey League. In that role, he assisted with on-ice instruction and practice planning.

He was also responsible for maintaining the team budget and coordinating team travel. He also served as the coordinator for the Lincoln Stars Youth Hockey Clinics. Azzano contributed to developing eight players who were drafted into the National Hockey League.

Prior to Lincoln, Azzano spent two seasons with SUNY Cortland as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator. He also coordinated academic efforts for the team.

Azzano started as an assistant coach with SUNY Canton, where he was the assistant coach for the men’s program during the 2014-15 season. He coordinated recruiting efforts and was responsible for in-game management of the defensive unit.

Before coaching, Azzano played three seasons with Morrisville as a goaltender, where he was a three-time SUNYAC All-Academic Team and two-time SUNYAC Commissioner’s List recipient for excellence in academics and athletics.

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