Chris Glionna enters his 16th season as Head Ice Hockey Coach at Suffolk University in 2019-20.
Glionna is the all-time winningest hockey coach in program history with 124 career victories. He was named the ECAC Northeast Hockey Coach of the Year during the 2009-10 season. That year, Suffolk won the CodFish Bowl Hockey Tournament hosted by UMass-Boston, while also qualifying for the ECAC Northeast Hockey Tournament.
A total of 24 players have earned recognition by the ECAC Northeast Hockey League under Glionna’s direction, including Simon Leahy, who was named Rookie of the Year during the 2013-14 season. During the 2009-10 season, goalie Jeff Rose was tabbed as the league’s top net minder.
After over 10 seasons with the ECAC Northeast, Suffolk took its talents to the freshly formed Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) for the inaugural season in 2016-17. In its first year in the new league, the Rams missed the postseason by a small margin, but made up for it’s a year later as the eighth seed thanks in large part to the goal tending of junior Michael Levine and his classmate Mikhail Bryan an All-CCC third-team selection, who played both defense and offense for the Rams. Over its two seasons in the CCC, 18 student-athletes took home 27 All-CCC academic accolades.
In 2016-17, Suffolk’s academic success was well represented on the inaugural AHCA All-America Scholars list with 10 Rams achieving the recognition of at least a 3.6 grade point average or above. A year later, six Rams picked up AHCA All-America Scholars honors to bring the blue-and-gold's academic recognition by the national organization to 16.
Glionna is a 1995 Suffolk University graduate and also earned his Law degree at Suffolk University Law School in 2001. He is currently an attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Glionna was recently named by Boston Magazine as a 2009 Massachusetts “Super Lawyers Rising Stars” in litigation from a poll of Massachusetts attorneys conducted by Boston Magazine and Law and Politics Magazine. Super Lawyers Rising Stars” are nominated by their peers and evaluated by a blue ribbon panel. Only 2.5% of the eligible attorneys in Massachusetts are selected. To qualify, an attorney must be age 40 or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.
Glionna's father, Leonard A. Glionna and brother, Josh Glionna, also graduated from Suffolk University.