Amy Bourbeau enters her fourth season as the head coach of the Brown women’s hockey program in 2014-15 having taken over the Brown bench prior to the 2011-12 season as the third head coach in program history. Bourbeau came to Brown with 15 years of intercollegiate coaching experience, including 12 years as an assistant coach at Princeton.
In 2013-14, Bourbeau guided her players to success on and off the ice. She mentored goalie Aubree Moore '14 to one of the finest seasons in Brown goaltending history. An All-Ivy and All-ECAC selection, Moore's 882 saves stood fourth in the country and pushed her career total to 2,224, making her the first Brown goalie to crack the 2,200 career saves plateau since 2009. Moore made at least 30 saves 13 times, 40 saves six times and 50 saves three times while playing over 96 percent of the goalie minutes. Moore snagged a career-high 54 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory at RIT on Oct. 26 and made 53 saves in a 1-1 tie at eventual national champion Clarkson on Nov. 1. Bourbeau's squad also proved one of the brightest in the ECAC, tying for the most ECAC All-Academic selections in the league for the second year in a row with 17.
In her first season with the Bears in 2011-12, 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.
Bourbeau's 2011-12 team captured the Mayor's Cup with a 2-1 victory at Providence College, the program’s 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," former Brown Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger said upon her hire. "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 a best-ever second-place ECAC finish 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 honored by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) with its inaugural Women's Ice Hockey Assistant Coach Award in 2010-11. 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 heading 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 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.