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Hockey Background (Player, Referee, Coach)

Don MacLeod is one of the most successful coaches in the history of women's college ice hockey.  As Northeastern's head coach during the '80's and '90's, he compiled 210 wins and only 59 losses.  He enjoyed a run of 108 wins and just 20 losses from 1988 to 1992.  MacLeod guided the Huskies to an undefeated 26-0-1 campaign in 1987-88 and a 42-game unbeaten streak from 1987 to 1989.  He holds the second-best winning percentage (.772) in the history of NCAA women's hockey.  During Macleod's tenure, the program won two ECAC Tournaments, eight consecutive Beanpots, five Division I Invitational Tournaments, and three Concordia University Invitiational Canadian College Tournaments.  


MacLeod also served roles with the U.S. Women's National Team.  He was the head coach in 1989-90 for the first-ever International Ice Hockey federation World Tournament in Ottawa, coaching the Americans to a silver medal.  He was also a National team evaluator in 1991-92. 


Softball Background (Player, Umpire, Coach)

Don played semi-pro mens' fast pitch for 15 years throughout New England, Pennsylvania, and New Brunswick, Canada.  This experience led to coaching high school girls at Melrose, Stoneham and Wakefield High Schools where several teams qualified for the state tourney.  Don also played for the state champion Raytheon Hawks in 1975.  the Hawks competed in the US National Tourney.  Don was twice selected for the Massachusetts State All Star Squad.


Additional experience was gained as a high school and senior softball umpire and instructor at several summer camps.  Although don is familiar with all aspects of softball, pitching instruction is his specialty.  He out-pitched world-famous Eddie Feigner's "The King and his Court" 6-1 in 1968.


Additional Hockey Recognition/Honors

  • Named ECAC Women's Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989.
  • The Don MacLeod Award (for outstanding contribution to the Northeastern Women's ice hockey program) is presented annually.
  • To honor his success as an NCAA women's hockey coach the North American Prep Ice Hockey Association named one of their divisions the MacLeod Division.
  • Inducted into the Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame in 2012. 
  • Inducted into the Northeaster University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
  • During his 11-year tenure at NU, the Women's Ice Hockey program graduated over 90% of its student athletes.
  • Many of his collegiate ex-players:
    • Are Hall of Famers at the Division 1 collegiate and state level
    • Have participated in world play with the U.S. and Canadian National and Olympic women's teams
    • Are or have been ice hockey coaches at all levels, both in the U.S. and Canada


Other Teaching Experience
  • Camp/School Instructor
    • CAN-AM - Guelf, Ontario (hockey)
    • Port School - Newburyport (hockey)
    • Bishop Fenwick - Danvers (softball)
    • Strike Three - Roger Williams (softball)
  • Coach
    • AHAUS/USA Hockey (Bantam through Junior)
    • AHAUS/USA Hockey (Women's National Team)
    • ECAC Hockey (Collegiate Women) Division 1
    • Melrose/Wakefield/Stoneham High Schools
  • Official
    • AHAUS/USA Hockey Referee (all levels)
    • Softball ASA - Softball umpire (Massachusetts)
    • Commissioner - Hockey Town - Bantam League