Women's Ice Hockey Coaches
Amy Bourbeau took over the Brown bench in the 2011-12 season and became the third head coach in Brown's 47-year women's hockey history. Bourbeau comes to Brown with 15 years of intercollegiate coaching experience, including 12 years as an assistant coach at Princeton.
In her first season with the Bears, Bourbeau led the program to a resurgent year, taking Brown back to the playoffs for the first time in five years. Bruno also had an ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Year finalist, a third-team and all rookie selection and a First Team All Ivy player.
Bourbeau piloted the team to its most wins since 2006-07 and fewest losses since 2005-06. The squad also posted its most ECAC wins and fewest conference losses since 05-06.
Also in her first year at the helm of the Bears, Bourbeau's team captured the Mayor's Cup with a 2-1 victory at Providence College, the programs first such trophy since 2010 and led Brown to earn the ECAC SKOR Team of the Year Award.
"I'm extremely pleased to bring Amy Bourbeau to Brown as a teacher and mentor with 12 years of Ivy coaching experience," said Goldberger. "She's had a successful career, first as a student-athlete at Providence College, and now with 15 years of collegiate coaching experience. We're pleased to welcome Amy and her family to the Brown community."
"I would like to thank Michael Goldberger, Carolan Norris (Associate Athletic Director), and the search committee for giving me this great opportunity," said Bourbeau. "Personally, as a Rhode Island native, I am so excited to come home and teach hockey at one of the greatest academic institutions in the world. I have always aspired to be a head coach and it's a dream come true to lead the Brown University program. I have developed relationships with many wonderful coaches and players so far during my career. Those people will always hold a special place in my heart, and I am grateful for the positive impact they have made on my life. I would like to acknowledge former coach Digit Murphy for her dedication to the game and her many accomplishments at Brown. Looking forward, I am excited about the opportunity to restore the winning tradition at Brown."
While at Princeton, Bourbeau helped the Tigers to their best-ever ECAC finish of second in 2006 and an Ivy League title that same year. She also helped Princeton to two top-three ECAC finishes and three 20-win seasons.
Bourbeau was recently honored by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) with its inaugural Women's Ice Hockey Assistant Coach Award. The award recognizes the career body of work of an assistant coach in women's ice hockey.
"Amy has a brilliant hockey mind. Perhaps, her greatest strength is her ability to make in-game adjustments," said Princeton coach Jeff Kampersal. "She excels at attacking other team's weaknesses as well as solidifying areas of improvement that would help our team. She works tirelessly watching game tape, so she can best prepare our players during a typical week's practice. In her practices, she mixes repetition and creativity. She understands that basic skills are required to win and must be practiced repetitively."
Bourbeau coached at both Williams and Middlebury before coming to Princeton. In 1998 she spent a year at Williams College, where she served as the head coach of the women's hockey team and as an assistant coach with the softball team. Bourbeau had previously served as the head softball coach and the assistant hockey and soccer coach at Middlebury.
A native of Coventry, Rhode Island, Bourbeau played for the boy's team at Coventry High School where she was the Coventry High School Athlete of the Year. She played youth hockey for Edgewood Hockey.
Bourbeau went on to a standout career at Providence College,
where she was a four-year letterwinner for the Friars. She was a
member of the Friars' ECAC championship teams in 1992, 1993 and
1994. Bourbeau, the team's captain as a senior, was the recipient
of the Providence College William T. McCue award for excellence in
academics and athletics.
Bourbeau has lectured at the USA Hockey Coaches Certification Clinic and coached at several nationwide hockey camps, including USA Hockey camps.
Formerly Amy Carlson, she and François Bourbeau were married in the summer of 2004. The couple has a daughter, Anabelle, who was born in July of 2009.
Andrew McPhee has been named an assistant coach for the Brown Women’s Ice Hockey program in an announcement made by head coach Amy Bourbeau. McPhee was the 2005, 2008, and 2010 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year as the bench boss at Trinity College. In nine seasons, McPhee established Trinity as one of the premier programs in Division III.
“I am excited to have Andy join our staff as he brings along nine years of head coaching experience,” said Bourbeau. “Andy inherited a team at the bottom of the league and in five years brought that team to a nationally-ranked, top-10 program.”
McPhee’s Bantams finished the 2010-2011 season with a record of 18-4-4, and advanced to the NESCAC Championship Tournament Semifinals. In 2009-10, Trinity enjoyed its best-ever season with a College-record 21 wins and the team's first appearances in both the NESCAC Championship Finals and the NCAA Division III Championship Quarterfinals.
McPhee earned 2010 NESCAC Coach of the Year honors after a record-setting season in which two players were selected to the All-American team and goaltender Isabel Iwachiw was selected as the Laura Hurd Award winner, given to the top player in all of NCAA Division III women's ice hockey as chosen by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). Last winter, forward Kim Weiss was named both the NESCAC Player of the Year and as a First Team All-American. She was also a finalist for the Laura Hurd Award.
“Andy brings forth commitment and hard work and has a sharp eye for recruiting. He understands how to build a program from the bottom up,” stated Bourbeau. “I know he has what it takes to help improve this program and I know he understands the how to help our players balance academics with athletics.”
In 2007-08, McPhee was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Coach of the Year after guiding the Bantams to their best season in program history with an 18-5-3 record. McPhee, who also garnered NESCAC Coach of the Year accolades after the 2004-05 season, coached the program's first AHCA All-American in 2007-08 when goalie Isabel Iwachiw garnered First Team honors.
"We are extremely proud of the work Andy McPhee has done to mentor our women's ice hockey student-athletes and to build an extremely strong program. We are disappointed to see him leave, but very supportive of his decision and wish him well in his new position," said Trinity College Director of Athletics Michael Renwick.
Before arriving at Trinity, McPhee earned his bachelor's degree in history from Middlebury College, where he starred in football and baseball from 1994 to 1998. He served as an assistant women's ice hockey, football, and baseball coach at his alma mater from 1998 to 2000. While assisting the Middlebury women he helped guide them to their first national championship in 2000. McPhee also coached the wide receivers for Trinity's NESCAC Champion football squad for six seasons, helping the Bantams win 31 games in a row with three all-league receivers during his tenure.
During the summer McPhee has worked and continues to coach at a number of camps and showcases, including the Rinksport College Prep Program at URI, the NAHA Showcase in Burlington, Vt., and Cutting Edge College Week in Danbury, Conn.
Head Brown women's ice hockey coach Amy Bourbeau has rounded out her coaching staff for the 2013-2014 season with the hiring of Jill Kirchner, a former Boston University standout who comes to Brown with a myriad of coaching and playing experience.
"We are excited to have Jill join our staff," said Bourbeau. "She brings a great deal of energy and leadership to the program, as well as tremendous playing experience as a former captain of the Boston University women's ice hockey team. While with the Terriers, she helped build the program into a national championship contender in just four years. As the assistant coach of the Saint Norbert Knights, she helped lead the program to its first conference title, earning the team its first ever NCAA berth this past season. I look forward to what she will add to the Brown women's ice hockey program."
Kirchner spent the past year as an assistant coach for the St. Norbert College women's ice hockey team and was responsible for planning and implementing daily practice and game routines, going over video, planning road trips and coordinating the team's recruiting efforts. During her year with the Green Knights she helped guide the team to an 18-10-2 overall record and a victory over UW-River Falls in the NCHA O'Brien Cup playoffs championship game. The win earned St. Norbert its first berth in the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championships.
Her coaching experience extends beyond the collegiate level, as she has served as the head coach for several youth hockey development programs, including B9 Hockey Training, the Wisconsin Elite Hockey League and in Green Bay Girls Hockey Performance Development Sessions. Kirchner has also worked various hockey camps and showcases around the country over the past six years, helping to plan and implement a structured curriculum that develops players' skills both on and off the ice. Her skills and expertise have made her a valuable asset to the Cammi Granato Hockey Schools, the Pro Ambitions Hockey School, Brown Hockey Camps and the Chicago Fury Elite Showcase.
In addition to her coaching knowledge, Kirchner brings a wide array of playing experience at the highest levels of the sport. A four-year member of the women's ice hockey team at Boston University, she served as an assistant captain during her senior year and helped the Terriers win the Hockey East Championship in 2010. The team made it past the first round in the NCAA Division I tournament during her sophomore and senior campaigns, and played its way into the National Championship game during the 2011 season. Kirchner was named a Hockey East All-Star in 2011 and earned a spot on the Hockey East 10th Anniversary All-Star Team in 2012. Additionally, after being drafted 37th overall by the Boston Blades in 2011, she spent the 2011-2012 season with the program and competed as a professional hockey player in the Canadian Women's Hockey League.
Kirchner graduated from Boston University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Special Education with a focus on Moderate Disabilities in students from kindergarten to eighth grade. In addition to her coaching duties at St. Norbert, she also spent the past year as a gym and health teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School in De Pere, Wisconsin.
"I am really excited to be joining the Brown Bear family and being a part of such a distinguished institution," said Kirchner. "I am eager to bring both my previous playing and coaching experiences to Brown University. I look forward to new challenges that the Division I level will bring and also to working with Amy who has had a history of success in the Ivy League."
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François Bourbeau, former goaltender coach of the Princeton University men's and women's hockey teams, is the husband of Head Coach Amy Bourbeau and serves as the Brown women's hockey team's volunteer assistant coach. He will work with Bears' goalies and pass on his experience gained as a player and coach at the collegiate and professional levels.
Bourbeau was a goalie on four NCAA Division III national championship teams at Middlebury College and was twice named an All-American. He shares the NCAA Division III record for winning percentage in a season (14-0 in 1996) and ranks second in career goals-against average at 1.88. Bourbeau’s career winning percentage ranks second in the Division III record books at .917 as he went 47-2-5 over four seasons at Middlebury.
Bourbeau spent the 2000-01 season working with the Princeton men’s goaltenders. After graduating from Middlebury, he played two seasons of professional hockey, appearing for the El Paso Buzzards in the Western Professional Hockey League and the Saginaw Gears of the United Hockey League.
Bourbeau gained further coaching experience at the Hun School of Princeton, where he coached the boys high school hockey team.
François and Amy were married in the summer of 2004. The couple has a daughter, Anabelle, who was born in July of 2009.