DURHAM, N.H. – Brian McCloskey, eighth-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, announced Monday that Jamie Wood has joined the staff as an associate head coach, effective immediately.
“We are thrilled to have Jamie and his family join our program here in Durham,” McCloskey said. “Jamie is an outstanding teacher and coach with an enviable track record. I know that Jamie will have an enormous impact on our players and coaching staff.”
Wood spent the previous two years at the University of Minnesota, where he assisted with the forwards and other coaching responsibilities such as recruiting, scouting, game-planning and video breakdown. In the 2009 and 2010 seasons, the Golden Gophers compiled a 58-14-8 overall record, including a 41-8-7 mark in the WCHA with two first-place finishes, and advanced to the Frozen Four both seasons.
“I am really excited to come to UNH,” Wood stated. “Obviously the program has a great tradition and a respected and dedicated staff. I believe it will be a great fit for me and my family, and I can't wait for next season.”
Prior to the stint at Minnesota, Wood was the director of operations at Maritime Hockey Academy (2007-08), where he was responsible for all aspects of starting a Hockey Canada Skills Academy for girls and boys between grades 5-9.
Wood served as the head coach and director of operations at the Warner Hockey School (Warner, Alberta) from 2003-07. He was responsible for on- and off-ice training for the girls team that won the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League championship in '05 and '06. Wood led the team to a 41-5-4 record in his last season and nine of 12 athletes continued playing hockey for a Division I program. During his time at Warner, more than 50 athletes went on to play in college or university programs.
Wood gained his first U.S. collegiate coaching experience at Elmira College, where he started the Division III program from scratch and led the Soaring Eagles to the ECAC West title and a national championship each of their first two years of existence (2002 and 2003). He was feted as the AHCA Division III National Coach of the Year in '02 and was a finalist for that accolade in '03. He was also honored as the ECAC Coach of the Year both years. In two seasons, Wood guided Elmira to a 49-5-3 overall record that included a 51-game unbeaten streak against D-III teams. And under Wood's tutelage, three players earned a total of five All-America selections.
Wood graduated from Middlebury College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Education and Political Science. He was a four-year forward for the Panthers and compiled 74 career points. Wood was part of the 1990 ECAC championship team and captained the team as a senior, when he was named MVP and awarded the Buff Bermas Award in recognition of team spirit, dedication and community service.
Wood continued his education at the University of New Brunswick and received a law degree in 1999. He specialized in labor and employment law while coaching the UNB team in 1999-2000.
Wood and his wife, Carie, have three children – Matthew, Maggie and Celia.
The UNH women's ice hockey team advanced to the NCAA tournament for the fifth consecutive year in 2010. The Wildcats were ranked among the top five in the nation for 20 of 23 weeks.