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.