Spring 2014

Lou DiMasi

For 30 years, he's been asking students how they're doing.

Growing up in Somerville outside Boston, my life was all about hockey. I came to Vermont to play for Norwich. I also played a year of minor league pro hockey, taught elementary school in Northfield and Middlebury and coached high school hockey. I started at St. Mike's in 1982 as a resident director, graduate student and head hockey coach.

I did 25 years of hockey, from 1982–2007, won the 1999 NCAA Division II National Hockey Championship, and even coached a year of lacrosse early on. I did three years in career development, a handful of years as the assistant housing director, then I-don't-know how-many-years being director of resident life/assistant dean of students, even some admissions work. I'm a real generalist in higher ed at St. Mike's.

St. Mike's was absolutely the best thing that ever happened to me and my family. I had five kids grow up on campus. They all had first communion here, all got confirmed here, now two have graduated from Saint Mike's - Andy and Molly, who both played hockey here - then Louie was an RD and assistant hockey coach/golf coach. Ronnie and Maggie have taken some classes here.

I'm very grateful for the opportunity to have been associated with two tremendous teams on campus - the res life team and the athletic team.

It doesn't cost anything to have a positive attitude. That's why I'm always saying, "Hey! how ya doing? Can I do anything for you? What can I do for you? Do you need anything?" It's just so important to be up.

Because of St. Michael's, I found a place in this world to contribute, a place to grow, develop,a place to grow, develop, nurture and survive, a place rich in the Catholic faith, which is very, very important to me and my family.

It seems wherever I am, I'm meeting somebody from St. Michael's, and sometimes it's someone who, well, we've been through some tough times, but the other part of it is, I definitely feel the respect, and I hope that’s all I gave them was respect as well. It's usually, like, Heyyyy, Lou!

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