John McAnespie was promoted to the position of Head Coach in August 2011 having served as the program’s top assistant for the previous five seasons.
McAnespie has been an integral part of the renaissance of a program that had not enjoyed a winning season in more than 10 years until the 2006-07 season. Since then, the Eagles have enjoyed three winning campaigns and more importantly, have established themselves as an annual contender for the North East Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) championship.
The Eagles have reached the finals of the NECHA tournament four times in the past six seasons, winning its first championship in 2007.
“I’m honored and excited to help guide our program moving forward,” noted McAnespie, who assumes duties on September 1st. “The foundation built over the past five years has helped establish our program into an annual contender and we expect to continue that momentum and hopefully bring another NECHA championship to Daniel Webster College.”
Having joined the Daniel Webster College community back in 1983,
its seems there's almost no role that Paul Labarre hasn't filled at
one time or another during his tenure.
Now in his 20th year serving Daniel Webster ice hockey, Labarre's roots with the Eagles program goes back prior to the squad joining the ACHA in 1993, but it was in that season that the program lurched forward towards legitimacy with Labarre overseeing the team as its first coach, a role he filled until 1999.
Despite giving up head coach duties, Labarre has continued to serve as an assistant coach and oversees the program's daily operations.
Labarre began teaching part-time at DWC in 1983 and since that time, he has held a number of full-time positions including director of admissions, baseball coach, instructor, director of academic support services, director of alumni relations, director of graduate admissions, Air Force ROTC instructor, and currently as director of parent relations. He has also served as director of the College's highly successful Aviation Career Education (A.C.E.) camp.
Labarre spent a number of years in the military, joining the United States Navy when he was 17. Following a tour of duty, he joined the United States Air Force, where was a meteorologist and later earned a master of arts degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University.
A longtime resident of Salem, N.H., Labarre is a certified hockey referee and serves as referee-in-chief for Salem Youth Hockey. He resides in Windham, N.H.
Ed Viola serves in his second full season as assistant coach in 2012-13.
Viola totaled 18 years of coaching experience prior to his appointment at Daniel Webster, including three seasons as head coach at Souhegan (Amherst, NH) High School, where the Sabers reached two state semifinals and one Class I state championship game appearance.
A 2010 New Hampshire Division 3 high school hockey “Coach of the Year” and
2010 Nashua Telegraph high school hockey Coach of the Year, Viola has also spent a number of years coaching youth hockey which has included two state and numerous league championships and he has coached players who have gone on to collegiate and professional levels.
Back from a year off, and now in his 6th season as an
assistant coach, (USA hockey level 4)
Assistant coach/Professor Scott Hayden has been working full-time on campus in the ATC program since 2006, including part of the coaching staff during the Eagles' 2007 championship season.
Coach Hayden ran, played and coached the ATC hockey team out of the Nashua FAA Center for over 20 years including organizing annual ATC hockey tournaments across the US, Canada and Europe.
He officially began his youth hockey coaching career in Melrose, Mass. in 1988, ending as a head coach within the Manchester Junior Monarchs program in 2006.
One of the top defensemen in the history of the DWC program,
Danny Taylor is in his second season on the bench for the
Taylor was a three year member appearing in nearly 60 contests, and helped the squad to two of its best four seasons in history which included two appearances in the NECHA championship game (2008, 2010). Taylor captained the squad during his senior season to the NECHA Colonial Division regular season championship – the first regular season title from the program - while earning first team all conference accolades. His blue line skills helped the team defense to one of its lowest team goals against averages in program history.
A business management major and Nashua native, Taylor was a regular member of the Dean's List and was the DWC Males Student-Athlete of the Year in 2010.