Giuliano moves from Monarchs to UNH as assistant

Courtesy file photo Nashua native Jeff Giuliano, shown two years ago during his induction into the NH Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame, has moved on from the Monarchs to take an assistant coaching position at the University of New Hampshire.

Nashua’s Jeff Giuliano apparently liked this coaching thing he decided to keep doing it.

Giuliano spent the last three seasons as an assistant under former teammate Richard Seeley with the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL.

After the Monarchs and parent L.A. Kings – whom Giuliano played for a decade ago – made a change, Giuliano was scooped up by the University of New Hampshire for a similar assistant’s role. The announcement was made on Tuesday by both the Monarchs and UNH. He’ll join first-year Wildcats head coach Mike Souza, who succeeds the retired longtime UNH legend Dick Umile.

“I could not be happier to bring Jeff Giuliano to our program,” said Souza. “Jeff brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the game. He was a player at multiple levels from the ECHL all the way up to the NHL as his network from his time spent as a professional player will lend itself to a lot of opportunities recruiting.

“Everyone says that they have never met someone who works as hard as him. He will have instant credibility with all of our players. He is a New Hampshire guy and embodies blue collar spirit in a professional manner.”

Giuliano was inducted into the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016.

“I am very excited to be joining such a prestigious university and hockey program that has such great tradition,” Giuliano said in a release issued by UNH. “I want to thank Athletic Director Marty Scarano and Coach Souza and his staff for the opportunity to join an illustrious program. I look forward to working with our young athletes and helping them develop as individuals on and off the ice. I am excited for the start of the season and to continue the proud tradition of UNH Athletics.”

“Jeff Giuliano has been an outstanding ambassador for the Monarchs,” new Manchester head coach Doug Christiansen said. “He has worked tirelessly to help grow the game and has been extremely helpful in my transition…

“I’m sure he will be an outstanding asset to (the UNH) program.”

Giuliano played in 273 games for the Monarchs – in the American Hockey League back then — and 101 games for the Kings form 2002-08. While he worked with Seeley, the Monarchs went 117-73-26.

He will be joining an old foe. Giuliano, after a stint at St. Paul’s in Concord, played for Boston College from 1999-2002, including on the 2001 NCAA National Championship team. He scored 40 goals with 73 assists and 113 career points.

In the pros, he was more of a fourth line player, trying to create havoc on the ice but also using his speed. After he left the NHL in 2008, Giuliano he played in Belarus for HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL. Then in 2009, he joined the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany and totaled 111 points over six seasons before ending his career in 2015.