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Mike graduated from West Haven High School as a three-sport star in soccer, hockey and baseball.  Violano was a standout goalie for Art Crouse, where he was the captain his senior year. Senior year also saw Violano named All-Area, Second Team All-State and the state tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Violano is well known in the coaching ranks as he was the Head Coach of Notre Dame West Haven hockey from 1988 to 2000.  There, he was part of four state championship teams either as an assistant or head coach at Notre Dame.  He was named Hockey Night in Boston Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1997. Violano was the Gatorade Hockey Coach of the Year in 1994 as well as the Hartford Courant Coach of the Year that same year.  Starting in 2000, Violano took over at North Haven for 12 years where he led the Indians to a Division II hockey state title in 2003. Violano was the New Haven Register Coach of the Year in 2004.

Mike is going on his 3rd season with Southern serving as an Asst. Coach for Midget Minors in 2012-13, Head Coach for Midget Open in 2013-14, and returning as a Head Coach for Midget Open in 2014-15.