Ryan McGrath Named South Shore Kings Director Of Player Development

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's hockey assistant coach Ryan McGrath has accepted a new position as the Director of Player Development for the South Shore Kings.

McGrath will not only manage all of the operations for the numerous South Shore Kings affiliates, but also take over as the head coach of the South Shore Kings second team, that plays in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and the Kings Under-14 team. 

The Kings are widely regarded as one of the best junior programs in New England and have turned out several UMass Boston players, including current Beacons Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) and Derek Colucci (North Scituate, R.I.).

He spent the past four year on the Beacons bench under head coach Peter Belisle and helped lead UMB to a 57-40-7 record during his time at UMass Boston. 

In addition to constructing the team's game plans and breaking down game tape, McGrath helped take a lead in recruiting at UMB. In his four years with the program, McGrath worked with 12 all-conference players, including the program's first All-American in over 20 years and the program's first ever ECAC East Rookie of the Year.

"We're very happy for Ryan, and we're obviously sorry to see him go and I think it's even bittersweet for him, but it's an offer he couldn't refuse," Belisle said. 

"You say Ryan McGrath and the first thing you think is his personality. He's got that personality that makes everyone feel comfortable, he was such a nice extension for me…I trusted him so much and he was such a big supporter of UMass Boston and the whole athletic department and of myself. And you can't ask more of someone who's going to support your message and help deliver that message."