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Dennis "Red" Gendron (born November 27, 1957) is the head coach for the University of Maine men's ice hockey team.[1] Gendron previously served as head coach for the Albany River Rats and Indiana Ice and has held multiple positions for the New Jersey Devils, Albany River Rats, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts, Yale University, and Team USA

Red Gendron
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceHockey East
Biographical details
Born (1957-11-27) November 27, 1957 (age 61)
Boston, Massachusetts
Alma materNew England College, BA (1979)
University of Maine, ME (1993)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1990Bellows Free Academy
1990–1993Maine (assistant)
1994–1996New Jersey Devils (assistant)
1996–2000Albany River Rats (assistant)
2000–2002New Jersey Devils (scout)
2002–2004Albany River Rats
2004–2005Indiana Ice
2005–2011UMass (assistant)
2011–2013Yale (associate HC)
Head coaching record
Overall82–115–25 (.426)
Accomplishments and honors
1993 NCAA Championship (Assistant Coach)
1995 Stanley Cup (Assistant Coach)
2000 Stanley Cup (Assistant Coach)
2013 NCAA Championship (Associate Head Coach)

Coaching careerEdit

High SchoolEdit

Gendron's first coaching position was as assistant coach to Albie Brodeur for two seasons from 1979-1981at his alma mater, Berlin High School. In 1981 he accepted his first head coaching position at Bellows Free Academy, in St. Albans, Vermont. During his nine years at BFA, Gendron led the Bobwhites to four state championships (1982, 1983, 1987, 1988)[2] and was twice named Vermont coach of the year. While at BFA he coached future NHL All-Star John LeClair, coached baseball and football, and taught history.[3]

University of Maine (1990–93)Edit

Gendron's entered the collegiate coaching ranks in 1990 as an assistant coach for Shawn Walsh at the University of Maine men's hockey team. In his third season as an assistant at Maine, Gendron helped guide the Black Bears to the 1993 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship and an overall record of 42–1–2. During his two seasons as assistant coach at Maine Gendron coached two Hobey Baker Award winners, Scott Pellerin 1991–92 and Paul Kariya 1992–93.

New Jersey Devils/Albany River RatsEdit

In the summer of 1993 the New Jersey Devils hired Gendron to serve as a technological specialist for the 1993–94 season. The following season, 1994–95, Gendron was promoted to assistant coach serving under head coach Jacques Lemaire and alongside fellow assistant coach Larry Robinson. That season the Devils would go on to defeat the Detroit Red Wings to capture the team's first Stanley Cup championship.

For the 1996–97 season, Gendron was named assistant coach of the New Jersey Devils AHL affiliate Albany River Rats, a position he remained in until the 1999–00 season. During the 2000–01 and 2001–02 season Gendron served as a scout for the Devils.

Gendron became head coach of the Albany River Rats for the 2002–03 season. He was replaced during the 2003–04 AHL season by Robbie Ftorek.

During Gendron's tenure as a member of the New Jersey Devils organization the team won three Stanley Cup Championships 1995, 2000, 2003 and finished runner-up in 2001. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1995 and 2000.

Indiana IceEdit

On June 17, 2004, the USHL's Indiana Ice named Gendron head coach.[4]

University of MassachusettsEdit

In July 2005 Gendron was hired by Don "Toot" Cahoon to serve as assistant coach for the University of Massachusetts men's hockey team,[5] a position he held for six seasons. While at UMass, he helped the Minutemen reach the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament where they eventually lost in the regional final to the University of Maine. That postseason appearance represented the first NCAA Division 1 tournament appearance for the Minutemen since the program rejoined Division 1 for the 1993–94 season.[6]

Yale UniversityEdit

In 2011, Gendron was named associate head coach at Yale University, a position he would remain in for two seasons.[7] In his second season as an associate head coach of the Bulldogs, Gendron helped guide the team to the first national championship in school history in 2013.

University of Maine (2013–present)Edit

On May 17, 2013, Gendron was named the fifth head coach in the history of the University of Maine men's hockey.


Gendron served as an assistant coach for 1993, 2001, and 2002 World Junior Championships for Team USA and also has worked several U.S. Select 16 and 17 teams.


Gendron's book Coaching Hockey Successfully, published in 2002, is used by USA Hockey as the advanced-level manual for its coaching education program.

Personal lifeEdit

Gendron grew up in Berlin, New Hampshire and graduate from Berlin High School in 1975 and played on the state championship hockey team his senior year.[8] Gendron attended New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire where he studied History and Secondary Education, played on the baseball team, and played defensemen and a three-year captain for the hockey team. He and his wife, Janet, have two daughters, Katelyn and Allison. Gendron is fluent in both French and English and speaks some Russian.

Head coaching recordEdit


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Maine Black Bears (Hockey East) (2013–present)
2013–14 Maine 16–15–4 9–8–3 6th Hockey East Quarterfinals
2014–15 Maine 14–22–3 8–12–2 t-9th Hockey East Opening Round
2015–16 Maine 8–24–6 5–15–2 11th Hockey East Opening Round
2016–17 Maine 11–21–4 5–15–2 11th Hockey East Opening Round
2017–18 Maine 18–16–4 10–11–3 t-5th Hockey East Quarterfinals
2018–19 Maine 15–17–4 11–9–4 6th Hockey East Quarterfinals
Maine: 82–115–25 48–70–16
Total: 82–115–25

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Mahoney, Larry. "Red Gendron receives four-year contract as UMaine's fifth head men's ice hockey coach". Bangor Daily News.
  2. ^ "Domain Profile - Afternic".
  3. ^ Jordan, Glenn. "From those who know: Gendron a solid hire". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 11 June 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Gendron to guide Indiana Ice". USHL. 2004-06-17.
  5. ^ "Hockey Vet Gendron Joins UMass". USCHO. 2005-07-29. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  6. ^ Powers, DJ (2007-03-23). "2007 NCAA Tournament Preview". Retrieved 11 June 2013.
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  8. ^ "Red Gendron To Be Inducted To The New Hampshire Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame". Retrieved 11 June 2013.

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