Catholic Memorial today announced the hiring of Mark Cornforth as its new head boys' hockey coach.
Cornforth replaces the one of the state's all-time winningest boys' hockey coach, Bill Hanson, who will not return to the bench after 38 seasons and 13 Super 8 championships.
Here is the school's official press release:
Mark Cornforth has joined Catholic Memorial School as Head Hockey Coach and Assistant Director of Admissions, President Peter F. Folan announced. The former Boston Bruin and two-time Captain at Merrimack College was the unanimous choice of a search committee that included CM faculty, staff, and alumni chaired by Athletic Director Craig Najarian.
“Mark Cornforth is a great educator who believes deeply in the mission of Catholic education. He brings great and diverse talents to the CM community. He has great hockey knowledge and experience at all levels of the game. We are thrilled to have Mark mentor and guide students both on and off of the ice. His professional experience, educational background, and athletic knowledge will have a positive impact on all CM students,” Folan said.
Cornforth attended Lower Canada College which is a private all boys’ school in Montreal, QC. He went on to play in the Canadian Junior Hockey League for two years before heading to Merrimack College where he captained both the varsity hockey and tennis teams during his junior and senior years.
An accomplished two-sport athlete, Cornforth was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award during his senior year at Merrimack, recognized as a four-time member of the All-Academic Hockey East Team, and selected as the Northeast Tennis Player of the Year. Cornforth graduated with a degree in Accounting and was on the Dean’s list for all four years at Merrimack.
Cornforth carved out a six-year pro career playing in the NHL, AHL, and IHL. His professional career was highlighted by his time with the Boston Bruins. After pro hockey, Cornforth attended the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College where he earned an MBA, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
While earning his MBA, Cornforth worked at Citizen Schools teaching Entrepreneurship in the Boston Public Schools. Cornforth has also worked as an accountant with Anstiss & Company and was a Finance Project Manager at Fidelity Investments.
“This was an extremely competitive search process and the balance of Mark’s experience was certainly impressive. With an NHL pedigree he’s obviously excelled at hockey’s highest levels, but he’s done as much in the classroom as well,” Najarian said.
Cornforth has coached as an assistant with the Boston Junior Terriers, has coached hockey and tennis at Milton Academy, and been active in Milton Youth Hockey as a board member, skills coordinator and ice scheduler. He also manages C4 Fitness which helps to educate and train athletes on proper fitness and wellness goals.
“While his athletic accomplishments speak for themselves, I believe his character, ambition, and potential single him out and will pave the road to his many future successes,” said Ron Anderson, former Head Coach of Merrimack College and current Director of Player Recruitment-Chicago Blackhawks.
Mr. Cornforth is a member of St. Elizabeth’s in Milton and a former parishioner of Holy Name in West Roxbury. He is fluent in French and is a dedicated lifelong learner. He is married to Stacey Cornforth; they are the parents of Ava, Meredith and Gavin.