Thursday, October 11th: UNH Hockey Coach Mike Souza


TO THE GOLF COURSE AND SAT DOWN
WITH THE NEW HEAD COACH. ♪
>>UNH HOCKEY, THE PREMIER
SPORTS PROGRAM IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
ENTERS A NEW ERA. THE SUSA ERA. AT THE HEAD COACH WALKED AWAY
AFTER 28 SEASONS, 596 WINS, TWO
HOCKEY EAST TITLES, 18 TRIPS TO
THE NCAA TOURNAMENT, AND TWICE
HIS TEAMS LATE IN NATIONAL
CHICKEN SHOULD GAMES. HIS GREATEST TEAM WAS PROBABLY
THE 1999 WILDCAT THAT TOOK MAINE
TO OVERTIME IN THE TITLE GAME. A PLAYER THAT TIED THAT CAME
WITH A HUGE GOAL IN THE THIRD
PERIOD WAS MIKE SUSA. 19 SEASONS LATER, SUSA IS THE
HEAD COACH OF THE WILDCATS. THIS MUCH YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW
ABOUT THE NEW COACH. HE SERVED AS TEAM CAPTAIN THE
YEAR AFTER THE 1999 RUN TO THE
TITLE GAME. HE IS 22 ON THE ALL-TIME SCORING
LIST IN DURHAM. HE HAD A 12 YOUR PROFESSIONAL
CAREER INCLUDING SIX SEASONS IN
EUROPE. BUT HERE IS WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT
KNOW ABOUT THE MAN FROM
WAKEFIELD, MASS. HIS FORMER COUSIN PAUL THOMPSON
OF DAIRY. AND WHEN HE PLAYED IN EUROPE, HE
BECAME A CITIZEN OF ITALY
PLAYING ON THE NATIONAL TEAM
INTO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. AFTER ASSISTANT COACH, HE SERVED
AS THE COACH IN WAITING FOR
THREE SEASONS. AND NOW THE PROGRAM IS HIS. WE SET OUT IN SEARCH OF WORDS
AND BIRDIES. THE LATTER MUCH MORE OF A
CHALLENGE FOR MOST OF US.>>I WILL TRY TO GET IT CLOSE. STRAIGHT IN.>>THERE IS NO COURSE MORE
SCENIC THAN WENTWORTH. ESPECIALLY WHERE THE HOTEL LOOMS
OVER LITTLE HARBOR.>>THAT IS NICE.>>THERE IS NO ONE MORE
PASSIONATE ABOUT UNH HOCKEY
RIGHT NOW THAN MIKE SUSA.>>THAT REPORT ON YOUR GOLF GAME
IS GOOD ENOUGH TO SHOW YOU ARE A
PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE IN YOUR
PAST BUT BAD ENOUGH TO SHOW YOU
HAVE BEEN RECRUITING ALL SUMMER. THAT IS PROBABLY FAIR. AS I SAID, IT IS SUCH A HUMBLING
SPORT. IT IS SOMETHING YOU CAN’T PICK
UP AND JUST BECOME GOOD AT. I HAVE STRUGGLED WITH THAT
FORMULA OVER THE YEARS. SOMEDAY I WILL GET THERE.>>SPEAKING OF HUMBLING, YOU’RE
STEPPING INTO THE SHOES OF ONE
OF THE GREATEST COACHES IN
HISTORY. THE LEGEND. YOU PLAYED WITH HIM AND COACHED
WITH HIM. WHAT IS IT MEAN TO BE T GUY?>>IT IS PRETTY HUMBLING AGAIN. I HAVE TOLD OUR SUPPORT STAFF,
SHOES THAT CAN’T BE FILLED BY
ANY ONE PERSON. WE NEED ANYONE, OUR ACADEMIC
SUPPORT PEOPLE, THE STRENGTH AND
CONDITIONING PEOPLE. OU UNIVERSITY. AN UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE. THAT TIM AFTER AT UNH, THAT IS
A COLLECTIVE EFFORT THAT GOES
INTO THAT. AND TRY TO BE MYSELF.>>ARE YOU SUPER COMPETITIVE? DRIVEN?>>I THINK SO. IF SOMEONE HAS A TREMENDOUS
AMOUNT OF PRI, THERE IS SO
MUCH TO THE UNIVERSITY AND IT
DRIES US TO WANT TO BE THE BEST
I CAN BE AND TO LEAD OUR PROGRAM
IN A RIGHTFUL DIRECTION AND BE IN NATIONAL POWER. TO DO SO WITH HARD WORK AND
HUMIDITY — HUMILITY. AND TO DO SO BY TRYING TO GET A
LITTLE BETTER EVERY DAY.>>THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN
TOUGH ON UNH HOCKEY FANS. HAS IT BEEN TOUGH ON YOU?>>WE ARE COMPETITIVE AND SO
MANY O US KNOW WHERE THE
PROGRAM RIGHTFULLY SITS. ALL I KNOW ABOUT UNH HOCKEY IS
EXCELLENCE. IT WAS HARD THE LAST FEW YEARS
AND ESPECIALLY HARD TO SEE COACH
NOT GO OUT ON TOP. NOT GO OUT WINNING. HE IS SO ACCUSTOMED TO WINNING. AND I BEAR SOME RESPONSIBILITY
FOR THAT. WHAT COULD YOU HAVE OFFERED TO
HELP? I SAID THAT’S IN THE PAST.>>ARE WE GETTING THE NEXT
DICKEY MILLIE? WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT?>>HE WILL HAVE ASKED ME THAT
AND IT GOES BACK TO WHAT I SAID
BEFORE. I AM NOT DICKEY MILLIE AND I’M
NOT GOING TO TRY TO BE DICKEY
MILLIE. I HAVE MY OWN STYLE. I LIKE TO THINK THERE ARE THINGS
THAT WE WILL DO SIMILARLY. I HOPE THAT WE CAN CREATE A LOT
OFFENSE AND PUSHED THE PUCK
FROM THE BACKEND. THE BEST PLACE TO COME IN AND
WIN. I WANT TO MAKE THAT A REALITY
AGAI
>>IS YOUR FAMILY ON BOARD WITH
THIS? THEY WILL NOT SEE A LOT OF MIKE
SUSA.>>MY WIFE KELLY IS AMAZING AT
ITEM KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT WITH
OUR DAUGHTERS. SHE WAS A COMPETITIVE ATHLETE. SHE IS AN AMAZING WOMAN AND AS I
SAID TO THE STAFF, IT IS A
LIFESTYL FROM — FOR MY FAMILY.>>HOW LONG COULD IT TAKE TO GET
BACK OUT THERE?>>I WISH I KNEW THE ANSWER TO
THAT. I’M EXCITED ABOUT OUR GROUP AND
OUR TEAM. THEY CAME TOGETHER AS A TEAM
THIS SUMMER. WE HIT THE GROUND RUNNING THIS
FALL. I KNOW IT SOUNDS CLICHE BUT I’M
WORRIED ABOUT TODAY’S WORKOUT
THIS AFTERNOON AND BUILDING
BRICK BY BRICK. WE HAVE NINE NEW PLAYERS THIS
YEAR, THREE YOUNG GOALTENDERS. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT OUR GUYS
AND SO EXCITED TO GO TO NHL
DEVELOPMENT CAMPS. THINK IT IS AN EXCITING TIME.>>IN TERMS OF GOLF, IS IT
PRETTY MUCH OVER? YOU WILL WALK AWAY LEAVING A
BIRDIE PUTT SHORT FOR THE WHOLE
WINTER?>>UNLESS YOU AND I FIND TIME TO
GET BACK OVER HERE AGAIN. THIS WAS A TREAT TODAY.>>THAT IS A GOOD THING FOR UNH
HOCKEY.>>TODAY WAS A TREAT BUT I DON’T
THINK YOU WILL SEE ME MUCH ON
THE COURSE ANYMORE.

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