BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) are pleased to announce that a pair of former Coach of the Year honorees have each taken their next respective step up in the sport.
Cody Campbell spent two years at the helm of the Walpole Express, and from 2019-2021 he amassed an overall record of 58-26-7. Late last week, Campbell was named the new Head Coach of the Minot Minotauros in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), effective immediately. Campbell becomes the third coach in EHL history to advance from the EHL to the NAHL, joining Rocky Russo (Philadelphia Little Flyers -- Amarillo Bulls) and Craig Doremus (New York Bobcats -- New Jersey Titans).
Campbell is beyond grateful for his time with the Express.
“I just want to thank the entire Express organization for the opportunity and support they gave me in coaching this team. Todd Stirling was an incredible mentor and friend over the last two and a half years and words cannot express how grateful I am that he was by my side during my time in Walpole. Most importantly, I must thank all the players that have played for us these last two seasons. Without their commitment to our culture and the trust they showed in my vision, this opportunity would not have come along for my family and I.”
Outside of the impressive win mark that Campbell put together, the numbers that really stand out during his time in the league were his advancement totals. In just two seasons, Campbell helped 27 players make their NCAA Commitments, and two other players earn their own opportunities in the NAHL. The 2019-20 EHL Coach of the Year leaves behind big shoes to fill in Walpole, as his 2020-21 assistant, Josh Holmstrom, takes things over.
The second coach moving his way up this off-season is Jim Mosso from the Vermont Lumberjacks. Mosso served as the General Manager for the entire program dating all the way to his arrival in 2015 (six seasons). From 2015-2018 (three seasons), Mosso was the Head Coach for the Lumberjacks' EHLP, and he took over things at the EHL level as well, halfway through the 2017-18 campaign. Mosso then remained in charge of Vermont's top team through March of this past year (three seasons).
The next step in Mosso's journey has taken him up to the University of New England, where he has become an Assistant Coach for one of the top-ranked teams in all of NCAA Division III hockey. Mosso is excited for the new challenge and beyond grateful to the Lumberjacks for leading him to this moment.
"I have enjoyed every minute of my time in Vermont," said Mosso. "I have had an outstanding ownership group between Mr. Lary and the Rosales’ family. I have also been blessed to have Jack Lowry right by my side for the past three years as well. I’ve been given an opportunity to grow as a Head Coach and to create a culture. These are going to be crucial for me to lean on as I continue to climb the ladder in my coaching career. I couldn’t have picked a better spot to begin my college coaching career. UNE has top-notch facilities and I look forward to working with Kevin Swallow as my next mentor and learning as much as I can from him."
Mosso went on to talk about the EHL, and how the coaches and players in particular prepared him for this opportunity.
"I would like to also thank the Eastern Hockey League for creating a platform that allows players and coaches thrive," added Mosso. "Not only are our players in a spotlight and given the tools to move on, but now our coaches are climbing the ladder as well. The league’s professionalism matches any other league in the country. The EHL coaches are one of the best groups of coaches at any level. They have challenged and pushed me to be at my best every single night. They forced me to dig deep and improve myself in all facets of the game to be able to succeed in this league. I have enjoyed building relationships with them and I will continue to rely on them as a college coach. Lastly, I would like to thank the players and families that have believed in me and entrusted me with their sons along the way. I also would like to thank Coach Cerrella and Coach Addesa for helping guide me through my coaching journey. We have made many memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life."
Looking back on six successful years in Vermont, and Mosso finished with a record of 91-40-7 in the EHLP, and a mark of 99-55-2 in the EHL. Similar to Campbell, Mosso has a Coach of the Year award on his resume as well, as he won the honor in back-to-back seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17) in the EHLP.
Mosso leaves the Lumberjacks in a great place, following a postseason run that saw both EHL and EHLP teams advance to the 2021 Frozen Finals this past March. Mosso has been replaced by Gary Gill up in Vermont.