Career coaching record over 11 seasons: 186-93-23 (.654)
Head Coach at Endicott (2014-present) - *2014 was the final season of club hockey
Became the program's first head coach for the inaugural 2015-16 NCAA season
58-19-7 (.732) overall record, 38-11-3 (.760) conference record at Endicott
Coached two pro hockey players (Logan Day - AHL | Jack Musil EIHL)
2016-17 CCC Coach of the Year
2016-17 CCC Champions
2016-17 CCC Regular Season Champions
2015-16 ECAC Northeast Coach of the Year
2015-16 American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Edward Jeremiah Award finalist
2015-16 ECAC Northeast Regular Season champions
2015-16 ECAC Northeast Finalist
Coached the ECAC Northeast Goaltender of the Year and CCC Goaltender of the Year
Three ECAC Northeast All-Conference first team selections, three All-Rookie Team honorees, and one honorable mention
Nine CCC All-Conference selections, including four first team honorees and five second team honorees
Six All-Region selections
Two All-USCHO selections
Three AHCA/CCM All-Americans
Fifteen CCC Academic All-Conference honorees
Two ECAC Northeast Academic All-Conference honorees
Eight AHCA All-American Scholars
One Google Cloud Academic All-District selection
Six Joe Concannon Award semifinalist
Two Joe Concannon Award finalist
Head Coach at Wentworth (2006-14)
Two-time ECAC Northeast Champions
Two NCAA Appearances
Four-time ECAC Northeast Finalist
Three-time ECAC Northeast Coach of the Year
NEHWA Coach of the Year (2006-07)
Team went 128-74-16 (.624) in eight seasons
Assistant Coach at Northeastern (2004-05)
Team went 15-18-5 as assistant coach
Assistant Coach at Bentley (2003-04)
Team went 9-19-4 as assistant coach
Played at UMass Lowell '02
56 career games
Hockey East Semifinalist (2001-02)
R.J. Tolan recently wrapped up his third season as head coach of the Endicott men's ice hockey program in 2017-18, but fourth season overall with the program as he took over in 2014 for the last year of club hockey before the Gulls obtained varsity status. Last season, Endicott 18-6-3 overall and 13-4-1 in conference play and earned a program-best number two national ranking by both the D3hockey.com and USCHO.com polls during the season.
In the program's second year, Tolan led Endicott to the CCC regular season title, the CCC Championship, its first-ever NCAA Tournament win against No. 4/5 Hobart by a 4-3 score in the first round, and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal round versus the 2015 national champion Trinity Bantams. The Gulls also finished the year as the NCAA statistical champion in goals per game, while Cam Bleck also was the NCAA statistical champion for power play goals. Overall on the year, Endicott produced a 24-4-2 overall record, a 14-3-1 conference record, and a 14-2-0 mark at Raymond J. Bourque Arena.
In the team's first campaign at the varsity level, Tolan guided the Gulls to an appearance in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast championship game, and a 16-9-2 (.630) mark overall (11-4-1 ECAC Northeast) in 2015-16. Endicott also captured the ECAC Northeast regular season title by closing out the season by winning four straight games and six out of its final eight outings to take the top spot away from Nichols. Another highlight from this season was the team's 3-2 win over then No. 2/4 nationally ranked Babson on January 3, 2016 in their first-ever game against a nationally-ranked opponent.
The 2015-16 ECAC Northeast Coach of the Year had seven student-athletes receive ECAC Northeast All-Conference nods (three first team, three all-rookies, one honorable mention), in addition to coaching ECAC Northeast Goaltender of the Year Kevin Aldridge.
Additionally, Ross Olsson became the program's first-ever All-Region honoree from the New England Hockey Writers' Association and Tolan was also a finalist for American Hockey Coaches Association's (AHCA) Edward Jeremiah Award, which is given annually to the College Division (NCAA Division III) Men's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year.
In the classroom, the Gulls also posted a 3.38 cumulative grade point average, and garnered Academic All-Conference honors from Cameron Randles and Nick Russo. Six student-athletes landed on Endicott's Academic Varsity Club for the 2015-16 academic year and 33 student-athletes earned Dean's List honors in the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters combined.
Tolan took over the club hockey program in 2014 for its final year before transitioning to a first-year varsity program with the opening of the Raymond J. Bourque Arena in 2015. Tolan came to Endicott with 11 years of coaching experience, the last eight having been as head coach of the men’s varsity team at Wentworth Institute of Technology, a team that had considerable success under his leadership on both a regional and national level.
Tolan arrived at Wentworth in 2005 and served as associate head coach for his first season before being elevated to head coach for the 2006-07 season. In his eight years at the helm, the Leopards accumulated 128 wins, the highest total under any coach in Wentworth history, and posted an overall record of 128-74-16. His .624 win percentage is also the best in Wentworth history and was highlighted by two 20 win seasons. Tolan led the team to two ECAC Northeast titles and six ECAC Northeast Finals in his eight years. With the two ECAC Northeast Championships also came two NCAA appearances in back-to-back seasons in 2011-12 and 2012-13, and a NCAA Division III Quarterfinals appearance in the 2011-12 season. Over his tenure, Coach Tolan was named ECAC Northeast Coach of the Year three times; 2007, 2012 and 2014, and was also named Hockey Writers of New England Coach of the Year in 2007. Under his tutelage, 32 players received ECAC Northeast All-Conference honors, while he also coached one ECAC Northeast Rookie of the Year, two Players of the year, and one Athletic All-American.
Prior to Wentworth, Tolan coached in the Division I and II ranks as an assistant at Northeastern University in 2004-05 and at Bentley University from 2003-04. In addition to his college work, he also served as the boys’ varsity coach from 2002-04 at the Dexter Southfield School. Tolan also most recently worked with the Massachusetts Satellite Hockey Program and at the Perrti Hasanen Skills Camp which is based out of Boston University.
Tolan earned his bachelor's degree in Legal Studies and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2002 where he was a four-year varsity player from 1998-2002. Prior to Lowell, Tolan played with the Boston Junior Bulldogs from 1997-98 and in high school at Matignon High School in Cambridge, Mass.
(Updated as of 5/31/2018 at 2:58 PM)