Jason Bedard returns for his sixth season with the Saint Michael's men's golf team in 2016-17, but his second as head coach.
During his first year as a college head coach in 2015-16, the Purple Knights took 29th at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championship, their top showing at the meet in three years. With a roster that included five golfers new to the college game, Bedard's charges fired nine rounds in the 70s and cracked the top 50 at tournaments 12 times.
In his four seasons as an assistant coach, Bedard helped Saint Michael's to a top-10 finish at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship each year, including a tie for sixth in 2011, his debut season, and two finishes among the top 30 at the NEIGA Championship.
Bedard has run the Hook a Kid on Golf Program for children ages 8 to 14 through Colchester Parks and Recreation since 2014 in addition to serving as an assistant coach for the Burlington High School varsity baseball and boys' ice hockey and Essex High School varsity baseball programs.
Bedard has qualified multiple times for the Vermont Amateur Championship, caddied in professional tournaments in his native Vermont and Maine, and volunteered in the Vermont First Tee National School Program, whose aim is to establish a lifelong interest in golf by engaging children between kindergarten and fifth grade.
When not coaching, Bedard is a woodworker, restoring antiques for Champlain Valley Antique Center in Shelburne since 2010 while co-owning Green Mountain Crafts since 2011. Also production manager for GMC, he oversees daily operation and production of Vermont-made wooden crafts that are sold throughout New England. Bedard is a 2002 graduate of the University of Vermont.
|Alma Mater:||Norwich '04|
Lou DiMasi III M'11 returns for his ninth season as a coach with the Saint Michael's College men's golf program in 2016-17, but his second as an assistant following seven years as the head coach.
In 2015-16, the Purple Knights took 29th at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championship, their top showing at the meet in three years. With a roster that included five golfers new to the college game, members of the program fired nine rounds in the 70s and cracked the top 50 at tournaments 12 times.
The Purple Knights tied for ninth at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship in 2014-15, when two members of the squad qualified for an all-conference finish for the first time in program history. It was their best team finish at the meet since 2011. The squad ran its top-10 streak at the NE-10 Championship to four seasons for the first time since a run that ended in 2003-04. Saint Michael's also claimed a top-10 finish at the 12-team The College of Saint Rose Fall Shootout.
In 2013-14, the Purple Knights claimed 10th at the NE-10 Championship. Saint Michael's was 15th among 22 teams at Middlebury College's Duke Nelson Invitational in mid-September, its best performance at the event since 2003-04.
The 2012-13 Purple Knights also placed 10th at the NE-10 Championship. Saint Michael's posted a trio of top-four team showings, including nabbing the runner-up spots at a pair of Franklin Pierce University-hosted events in October and April.
The squad had a historic 2011-12 campaign, posting its best NEIGA Championship finish since 1997 after notching its best NE-10 Championship showing in 11 seasons. The Purple Knights tied for sixth out of 12 schools at the league meet and tied for 20th out of 34 at the regional competition. Earlier in the fall, the Purple and Gold took second among five teams at the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship.
In 2010-11, DiMasi guided the Purple Knights to their second straight Vermont Intercollegiate Championship, one of two meet victories the squad posted. The 2009-10 season saw Saint Michael's win three times. During his initial campaign, DiMasi helped the Purple and Gold tie for eighth at the 2008 NE-10 Championship, its best finish in three years.
DiMasi was a four-year member of the Burlington High School varsity golf program, serving as captain of the squad his senior year. He also played a year of varsity golf at Northwood Prep School in Lake Placid, N.Y.
A 2004 graduate of nearby Norwich University with a degree in business management, DiMasi was a two-time All-America defenseman on the Cadets' ice hockey team. He helped Norwich win the 2003 NCAA Division III Tournament and, following graduation, played professional ice hockey for teams in Georgia, Utah, Italy and the Netherlands. In September 2014 DiMasi was inducted into the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame.
DiMasi was formerly a resident director at Saint Michael's and earned his master's degree from the College in May 2011. He previously served for two seasons as a men's ice hockey assistant coach for the Purple Knights, helping the 2008-09 squad win the NE-10 Tournament.