DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire athletic department is mourning the loss of former baseball coach and assistant men's hockey coach Chris Serino, who passed away Monday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 63.
Serino was the head baseball coach at UNH from 1994-96 and served as an assistant men's hockey coach under Dick Umile from 1991-98.
"He was a great guy and a great coach," Umile described Serino. "He was a tremendous athlete and a personal friend of mine; I go way back with him. The fans, the Friends of UNH Hockey, he really got along with the community. He fought a courageous battle with cancer and it came back in the last year and a half and really had a battle with it."
Serino was part of a UNH hockey program that was the 1996-97 Hockey East regular season co-champions, made four trips to the Hockey East Final Four and went to the NCAA tournament five times, including the 1997-98 Frozen Four team. As UNH's head baseball coach, Serino led the Wildcats to their most victories (26) in a season during the spring of 1995.
After Serino left UNH, he led the Merrimack hockey program for seven years, including a stint as athletic director. After his tenure with the Warriors, Serino took the job as head coach and athletic director at Malden Catholic High School, where he led the Lancers to their first-ever Super 8 Championship in 2011 before repeating in 2012. While at MC, Serino coached two of his sons who both played for the Lancers.
A Saugus, Mass. native, he was first diagnosed with throat cancer while coaching Merrimack in 2001 but was able to overcome the disease and return to the Merrimack bench.
He is survived by his wife, Robin, and his five sons.
Funeral services will be announced at a later time.
Serino will be remembered at UNH's Hockey East opener on Saturday, Oct. 20 (7 p.m.) against Boston University at the Whittemore Center.