Having just completed his 7th season with the Colonels Hockey program, Dr. Joel Cormier (University of New Brunswick '94) was born and raised in Prince Edward Island, Canada. As a three-time provincial champion ice hockey coach, Cormier holds a Canadian Hockey Association Advanced I Coaching Certificate and a Masters Degree in Coaching Studies from Central Michigan University.
While pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico, he guided the UNM Ice Wolves in 2006 to an 18-6-2 record and a Southwest Showdown Tournament Championship in Dallas, Texas. Prior to UNM (and what he considers a personal highlight as a coach), Coach Joel won provincial and Atlantic Canadian regional championships with the Pownal Midget AAA Red Devils in 2004.
His coaching resume also includes a Queen City League Championship with the Regina Bantam AA Hawks in 2002 and League and Provincial Championships with the Notre Dame Bantam AA Hounds in 1999. His first success as a coach came as a young assistant winning a provincial championship leading to an appearance in the Air Canada Cup Midget Championships with the Charlottetown Midget AAA Abbies in 1997. A proud former staff member at Notre Dame, he has also coached Midget AAA hockey in Saskatchewan (former goalie Curtis McElhinney currently playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning) and in the Central Junior A Hockey League in Ottawa, Canada.
Entering after an 0-20 season and slowly progressing to 11 wins in his first two seasons with the team, EKU Hockey just earned its 4th winning season in 5 years. Under his tutelage, they have two Bourbon Barrels, claimed a Wooster Hockey Class in 2016 and all while in a “family” culture. He looks forward to this year's recruiting class and where the returning veterans will take the Colonels in 2020-2021.
Dr. Cormier is in his 9th year as an associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at Eastern Kentucky University with prior teaching experience at New York University, University of Ottawa, and Nichols College. He has presented at many national and international academic conferences in the areas of college athletics, leadership, and sport management.
He resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his family (along with famous dog, "Marcus") who are often seen at many games through the season. His thoughts on the season and life can be followed via twitter: @jacormierphd. Coming in 2021: "Hockey (Mid)night in Kentucky" a memoire and coaches guide published by American Press (Boston).