John Daigneau is in his fourth season as assistant coach with the Golden Griffin hockey program. Daigneau works directly with the team’s goaltenders and also assists with recruiting, video operations, academics, community outreach and other on-campus duties.
In just three seasons on the Griffs’ bench, Daigneau has made an immediate impact with the team’s goalies. A former standout goaltender at Harvard, Daigneau mentored Griffs’ netminder Tony Capobianco during Canisius’ 2013 Atlantic Hockey championship run. Capobianco set four single-season school records during the campaign, including a national-leading 1,256 saves, which ranks 12th in NCAA history. In his first two years at Canisius, Daigneau also helped Dan Morrison establish the program’s mark for career saves.
A four-year member of the hockey team at Harvard from 2002 to 2006, Daigneau was instrumental in leading the Crimson to four NCAA Tournaments and two ECAC Championships. In 43 career games, Daigneau posted a 25-12-2 record with a 2.40 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Daigneau enjoyed his most successful season as a senior when he earned ECAC Championship Most Outstanding Player accolades and was honored with the John Tudor Memorial Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player.
After graduating from Harvard, Daigneau continued his hockey career at the professional level. He spent the 2006-07 season with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL, helping the team to the Kelly Cup Championship, and then finished his career with the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL (2007-08) and Wichita Thunder of the CHL (2008-09).
The Brookfield, Wis. native also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University School of Milwaukee, helping the team to the 2010 WIAA Boys State Championship.
Daigneau graduated from Harvard in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in government and earned his master’s in sport administration from Canisius in 2012.