Head Coach Jim Plumer
Amherst head coach Jim Plumer arrived at the college for the 2003-04 season and immediately led the team to a then-record 13 wins. In just seven years, Plumer has captured the most wins in program history and molded Amherst into a national powerhouse, winning the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Championship titles to become the first program in school history to win multiple national championships.
After posting back-to-back 20-win seasons and qualifying for a pair of NCAA Tournaments, Plumer was named the AHCA National Coach of the Year for leading the Lord Jeffs to the 2009 national title and a 24-5-0 record. During their title run the Jeffs defeated two-time defending champion Plattsburgh State in the opening round, three-time national champion Middlebury in the semifinals, and two-time champ Elmira in the title game, a 4-3 overtime thriller. Regular season highlights included a 16-0 record in NESCAC play, the program's first ever No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and a No. 1 ranking in the USCHO national poll on Dec. 8.
The 2009-10 season was equally impressive, as the Lord Jeffs extended their unbeaten streak in regular season NESCAC play to as many as 53 games (45-0-8), a dominant stretch that began in 2006. Amherst used Division III's top scoring defense (1.17 gpg) to post a 23-2-4 record (12-1-3 NESCAC), win a third conference title in four years, and out-score opponents by an 11-2 margin in the NCAA Tournament. Thanks to four consecutive 20-win seasons, Plumer improved his career record to 118-57-16 (.660).
Before arriving at Amherst, Plumer spent three seasons as an assistant at one of the top Division III women's hockey programs in the nation, NESCAC rival Bowdoin College. Plumer and Bowdoin were no strangers to success, as he helped coach the Polar Bears to a 62-12-7 record, a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances, the 2002-03 regular season conference title and the 2001-02 NESCAC Tournament championship. While at Bowdoin, working under 2002-03 Division III Coach of the Year Michele Amidon, Plumer was a vital cog on a staff that produced five First-Team All-America selections and was recognized with back-to-back NESCAC Coach of the Year honors.
Plumer, a Master Level coach within USA Hockey, has worked and continues to coach at a variety of high-level camps and showcases, including the Rinksport College Prep Program at URI, the NAHA Showcase (Burlington, VT), NAHA Camps (Stowe, VT), Pacific Steelers College Showcase (Vancouver, BC) and Connecticut Stars College Week. In the past few years, Plumer has also coached at the USA Hockey New England Regional Camp.
Plumer gained his first coaching experience as a student-assistant at his alma mater, Colby College, where he graduated in 1983 with a degree in psychology. He went on to coach girls' hockey and co-ed track at North Yarmouth Academy before hiring on at Bowdoin.
Jim Plumer's Career Coaching Record
Amherst College (8th season, 118-57-16 overall)