Dec. 12, 2006
Providence, RI - Brown women's ice hockey Head Coach Digit Murphy has announced the hiring of Heather Reinke as the team's new assistant coach. Reinke comes to Brown from Niagara University, where she spent the last six seasons. Reinke will work primarily with the Bears' defensive corps on the ice, while coordinating the team's recruiting and video off of it.
Reinke served as Niagara's interim coach last season while Margot Page served as an assistant on the Canadian national team at the 2006 Olympics. The Purple Eagles finished with a 11-21-4 record while facing one of the toughest schedules in the country, playing 13 games against ranked opponents. Niagara beat then-No. 8 Clarkson 4-1 and 1-0 on Dec. 9 and 10, and tied then-No. 10 Ohio State twice, 1-1 on Jan. 13 and 2-2 on Jan. 14. As the third seed in the CHA Tournament, Niagara upset second seed Wayne State in the semifinals, scoring twice in the final three minutes to tie the game before netting the game-winner three minutes into overtime.
Reinke served as Niagara's associate coach during the 2004-05 season after serving as assistant coach for the previous four seasons. During that span she worked with a defense that averaged just 2.26 goals allowed per game in 175 games. In the 2001-02 season, when the Purple Eagles advanced to the Frozen Four and tied for third place, her defense ranked fourth in the nation in goals-per-game (1.61). That mark still ranks 10th all-time.
Before joining the Purple Eagles staff, Reinke was a volunteer assistant coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to her stint at Mankato, she served as an assistant at the University of Southern Maine.
As a player, Reinke played defense at New Hampshire, earning All-Eastern College Athletic Conference honors in each of her four years. Her 103 points ranks her as the team's fourth all-time leading scorer among defensemen and is one of only 32 players to score at least 100 points during her career with the Wildcats.
Reinke earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from New Hampshire in 1997 and is pursuing a master's degree in sports psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato.