NASHUA, N.H. – David "DJ" Fimiani has been named the first head coach in the history of Daniel Webster College women's ice hockey. Fimiani's appointment was announced by Director of Athletics Chris Gilmore.
"I'm proud to welcome DJ to Daniel Webster College as he begins the process of building our women's program from scratch," said Gilmore. "His commitment, knowledge, passion and excitement made a terrific impression and we look forward to his guidance of the program over the coming seasons into one that is competitive and reflects well upon the College."
"I am excited about the opportunity of starting the new women's program here at DWC and look forward to building the program from the bottom up," said Fimiani. "I think we have a great competitive advantage in recruiting and in the next few years we will be building towards a competitive level while promoting the academics and hockey brand name her at Daniel Webster College."
"In the short term I hope to establish a ground floor by introducing young women to the college hockey world and prepare them for the level of competition at which they will be playing," Fimiani continued. "By recruiting locally, nationally, and even internationally, I expect that over time that we will be able to compete at a conference and ultimately at a national level."
Fimiani, who begins duties immediately, comes to DWC having spent the previous three seasons as assistant coach of the men's ice hockey program at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. During that time, the Seahawks showed steady improvement including back-to-back 10 win seasons in both 2013 and 2014 and two ECAC Northeast Tournament appearances including reaching the title game in 2013.
During Fimiani's tenure, Salve produced 34 All-Academic Team honorees, a record five all-conference selections in 2014, and saw five recruits finish in the top 20 nationally in points among rookies.
A native of Melrose, Mass., Fimiani is a 2010 Norwich graduate where earned his degree in Business Management and Marketing and he added a Master of Business Administration in Project Management from Norwich in 2014.
A four-year letter winner in Northfield, Fimiani was part of a Cadets program that posted a combined four-year record of 81-24-8 and served as assistant captain with the 2010 NCAA champion squad that went 26-1-4. His career also included four straight ECAC East Regular Season Championships, two ECAC East Tournament titles, three NCAA tournament appearances, and two NCAA final fours. He retired with 86 points over 102 contests.
Fimiani starred at Boston College High School, captaining the squad as a senior in 2005. Later after his Norwich career, Fimiani played one season professionally in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).
Daniel Webster College announced the addition of women's ice hockey as its 16th varsity program in February. The program will launch next season and build as an independent in the short term while preparing to seek ECAC conference affiliation in the near future.