Richard Gagliardi
Biographical details
Born September 20, 1933(1933-09-20)
Hamden, Connecticut
Died July 2 2018 (aged 84)
Branford, Connecticut
Playing career
1953–1956 Boston College
Position(s) Defenseman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1960–1965 Yale (freshman)
1965–1972 Yale
Head coaching record
Overall 60–105–2

Richard A. Gagliardi, Sr. (September 20, 1933 – July 2, 2018)[1] was an American ice hockey player and coach. He was the head coach of both Yale's freshman and varsity teams in the 1960s and early-1970s, finally retiring as a coach in 2005.

Career[edit | edit source]

Gagliardi broke into the college game with Boston College in 1953–54, helping the Eagles to reach two NCAA Tournaments in three years. Gagliardi also played end for the football team that went 18–6–2 during his tenure but failed to reach a bowl game.[2] After graduating Gagliardi spent two years serving in the United States Marine Corps as both a rifle platoon trainer and football player.

In 1960 Gagliardi was named as the head coach for the freshman ice hockey team at Yale[3] remaining in that position until Murray Murdoch's retirement in 1965, allowing Gagliardi to become the varsity coach. The Bulldogs played well under their new boss for the first two years, reaching the conference tournament in the second season, but afterwards the team slipped in the standings and could only manage single-digit wins for four consecutive campaigns. The club began to show some improvement in 1971–72 with a 10-win season, but Gagliardi stepped down after the year, turning the team over to fellow BC alum Paul Lufkin.[4]

Gagliardi continued to coach but he would do so at the high school level while he was not teaching math. Gagliardi would wrap up a 47-year career as a coach in the spring of 2005, last serving at Sacred Heart Academy-Hamden.

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Yale Bulldogs (ECAC Hockey) (1965–1972)
1965-66 Yale 10-12-1 8-12-0 10th
1966-67 Yale 13-11-0 13-9-0 5th ECAC Quarterfinals
1967-68 Yale 6-18-0 6-16-0 13th
1968-69 Yale 9-15-0 9-14-0 11th
1969-70 Yale 6-18-0 6-16-0 12th
1970-71 Yale 6-17-1 5-15-0 14th
1971-72 Yale 10-14-0 5-12-0 13th
Yale: 60-105-2 52-94-0
Total: 60-105-2

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


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Richard A. Gagliardi Sr.. The New Haven Register. Retrieved on September 21, 2019.
  2. "Yale Coach at Home Oil Dinner", The Norwalk Hour, 1966-05-25. Retrieved on 2014-08-04. 
  3. "Gagliardi Eli Coach New Haven", The Bridgeport Post, 1960-06-25. Retrieved on 2014-08-04. 
  4. "Yale Men's Hockey Team History", Retrieved on 2014-08-04. 
  5. "Yale Bulldogs Men's Ice Hockey", Yale Bulldogs. Retrieved on 2014-08-04. 

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