Jack Semler
Career highlights

John D. 'Jack' Semler is an American ice hockey coach and former player who was the first head coach for Maine.[1]

Career[edit | edit source]

Jack Semler played at Vermont for four seasons during the short period when it was a Division II program.[2] After graduating he eventually rose to become the head coach at Princeton. After four unproductive seasons with the Tigers he accepted the post to be the first head coach for Maine's ice hockey program. Semler posted winning records in both seasons that Maine played in Division II and helped the Black Bears to a good showing in their first year at the Division I level. The program slumped a bit beginning in 1981–82, and though improvement was shown in his final season, Semler left the college ranks in 1984.[3]

Semler would continue coaching but wouldn't return to the NCAA until 2006 when he became an assistant for Skidmore College. After stops at both Assumption College and Nichols College Semler ended up at Rice Memorial High School.[4]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Princeton Tigers (ECAC Hockey) (1973–1977)
1973–74 Princeton 9-14-1 7-12-1 14th
1974–75 Princeton 6-15-2 5-13-2 14th
1975–76 Princeton 7-16-1 6-16-1 t-14th
1976–77 Princeton 3-21-1 3-20-1 17th
Princeton: 25-66-5 21-61-5
Maine Black Bears (ECAC 2) (1977–1979)
1977–78 Maine 15-12-0
1978–79 Maine 25-8-1
Maine: 40-20-1
Maine Black Bears (ECAC Hockey) (1979–1984)
1979–80 Maine 15-16-1 10-11-1 9th
1980–81 Maine 23-11-0 12-9-0 t-4th ECAC Quarterfinals
1981–82 Maine 8-21-0 3-18-0 17th
1982–83 Maine 5-24-0 1-20-0 17th
1983–84 Maine 14-20-0 7-14-0 13th
Maine: 65-92-1 33-72-1
Total: 130-178-7

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Maine Men's Hockey Team History", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 
  2. "Vermont Men's Hockey Team History", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 
  3. "Jack Semler Year-by-Year Coaching Record", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 
  4. "Assistant Coach", Rice Prep Hockey. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 

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