COLORADO SPRINGS – On Monday morning, Kris Mayotte was introduced as the new Tigers hockey coach at the El Pomar Sports Center on the Colorado College campus.
Mayotte, who spent some time as Assistant & Associate Head Coach at Providence College & Michigan, has high hopes for his first head coaching gig with the Tigers.
Prior to Mayotte's launch, CC Athletics Director Lesley Irvine referred to the Pittsburgh native as a "rising star" in the coaching ranks as his name came up multiple times in the search for a new head coach.
For the Mayotte, he called this job a once in a lifetime opportunity.
"I really don't think you could be in a better position all of a sudden than what's happening at Colorado College," Mayotte said. "With Robson Arena to the classes coming in. The current people we have on this roster are fantastic. With the people here and the beautiful campus and surrounding area, with top notch education, there is nothing in this place offering nobody at. "
The biggest fight for the Tigers in recent seasons? Recruitment. Other NCHC schools continued to over-recruit the Tigers. This is something that the young head coach excels at and that is about to change.
"Recruiting is the lifeblood of the program," added Mayotte. "No question about it, we have to hit the ground running in this category."
But the biggest question of all, how fast can this first-time head coach turn this CC program around? For Mayotte, it's about getting it right.
"To win is the goal, but it won't be a priority in the way we run our program," Mayotte said. "There are a lot of things you can do to become a champion. I plan to win a lot. I plan to win championships. But I want a program that can do a lot more. That doesn't mean you it can." We expect to start winning games right away. We expect to start winning games right away, but it takes time to really build the championship culture and beliefs. It's just words at the moment, but I can't wait for the day to come. "
Mayotte, who began his official duties on Monday, added that playing at the National Collegiate Hockey Conference will get the most out of him and his team as they add their fast-paced, tough style and identity to every game they play will lend.