Sean Coady joined the Brown University coaching staff for the
2008-09 season. Coady, a 1981 graduate of the University of New
Hampshire, will work primarily with the defense, and will also
focus on recruiting for the Bears. He joins the staff after a
distinguished career in a number of NHL front offices.
"Sean brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program," head coach Digit Murphy said. "His time in the NHL makes him a top judge of talent for recruiting, and his old-school approach to hockey and defense makes him a perfect fit for what we want to do here at Brown."
Coady played for four seasons as a defenseman at UNH, including the 1979 season, when he was a captain on the ECAC Championship team. After graduation he continued his playing career professionally, spending three seasons in the Hartford Whalers (now Carolina Hurricanes) organization.
Upon his retirement as a player, Coady moved into the coaching ranks when he accepted an assistant coaching job at Princeton University for the 1984-85 season. After a season with the Tigers, Coady returned to his alma mater, where he was an assistant coach from 1985-88 before making the transition into professional scouting. Coady also made a temporary return to the sidelines in 1995, when he was an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team at the World Championships.
Coady began his NHL career as a professional scout with the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes, a position which he held for six years before being promoted to director of player personnel, where he stayed for an additional six seasons. In 2001 Coady moved to the Boston Bruins franchise, where he took on the role of professional scouting and player personnel. While there he was responsible for monitoring the progress of prospects and minor league players, as well as giving input on potential transactions. After five years in Boston, Coady accepted the same position with the San Jose Sharks, where he stayed for two seasons before coming to Brown.
Coady lives in Boston with his wife, two daughters, and one son.