James H. Fullerton
James H. Fullerton
Hometown: Beverly, MA
Team: Special

James H. Fullerton
Hometown:
Beverly, MA
Sport:
Special
Year Inducted:
1974

James H. Fullerton was Brown’s first full-time hockey coach and one of the most outstanding coaches and finest gentlemen in collegiate hockey history. During his 15 seasons on College Hill (1955-70), Fullerton four times won the Clark Hodder Award as New England Coach of the Year and, in 1964-65, his peers honored him with the Spencer Penrose United States Coach of the Year Award. At Brown, Jim Fullerton had a record of 184-168-9, coached three All-Americans (Bob Gaudreau ’65 and ’66, Wayne Small ’68 and Curt Bennett ’70), and had 13 first-team All-Ivy selections. Fullerton’s 1964-65 team posted a 21-9 record, won the Ivy League title, and finished fourth in the country at the NCAA Tournament, held that year in Brown’s Meehan Auditorium. A native of Beverly, MA, Fullerton attended Norwich University, where he played football and was a star goalie on the hockey team. After turning down an offer to play pro hockey, Fullerton coached at Northwood School in Lake Placid for 24 years, winning 86 percent of his games. A superb defensive coach and one of the great innovators of the game, Fullerton could turn out fine hockey teams even when he didn’t have top-flight material. Some of his defensive alignments, including his version of the short-handed “box-defense,” were copied by the pros. In 1967-68, Fullerton served as president of the American College Hockey Coaches Association and in 1973 he was named to the Collegiate Hockey Hall of Fame. The genial Fullerton, the man who stuck to old moral values while teaching new hockey methods, received a touching five-minute standing ovation from the 3,000 fans who packed Meehan Auditorium for his final home game in March of 1970. For the past four years, the Barrington, RI, resident has been chief collegiate scout for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League.