DURHAM, N.H. - Karen Kay, the head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, announced Monday that Richard Brande and Erin Whitten Hamlen have joined the program as assistant coaches.
Brande, a '92 graduate of Connecticut with a B.A. in English, comes to Durham from his position as head women's ice hockey coach at the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y. He held the positions of Director of Ice Hockey Recruiting and Admissions as well as Faculty Mentor concurrent to his coaching position from July 1998 through July 2000.
Whitten Hamlen was a standout goaltender at UNH from 1989-93 and earned a B.A in Psychology in 1993. She was a member of the 1992-97 U.S. Women's National Ice Hockey teams and re-joined the Team in the 1999-2000 seasons. Whitten Hamlen, who was named the 1994 Women's Player of the Year by USA Hockey, most recently worked as a head instructor at NHL Skate of Exeter. She departed from New Hampshire ranked second on the program's career victory list with 46.
Brande's other coaching experience includes varsity assistant coach at South Kent School from Sept. 1994 to June 1998 and assistant men's hockey coach at North Adams State College (Sept. '93- May '94). Brande was a four-year letterwinner at UConn and was named team MVP in 1992. He played professionally for the Richmond Renegades (ECHL) and Jacksonville Bullets (SHL) before becoming a coach.
New Hampshire begins its 2000-01 campaign with an exhibition game against Concordia on Oct. 21. The regular season opens the following day with another battle against Concordia. Both games are at the Whittemore Center.