August 18, 2011

Brown chooses Bourbeau as new women's coach

PR Wire Report

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Brown University has named Amy Bourbeau (Coventry, R.I.) as the new coach of its women's hockey team.

Bourbeau, who succeeds Digit Murphy, becomes the third head coach in Brown's 47-year women's hockey history. She comes with 16 years of intercollegiate coaching experience, including 14 years as an assistant coach at Princeton.

"I'm extremely pleased to bring Amy Bourbeau to Brown as a teacher and mentor with 14 years of Ivy coaching experience," said Brown athletic director Michael Goldberger. "She's had a successful career, first as a student-athlete at Providence College, and now with 16 years of collegiate coaching experience. We're pleased to welcome Amy and her family to the Brown community."
While at Princeton, Bourbeau helped the Tigers to their best-ever ECAC

Hockey 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 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, who coached at both Williams and Middlebury before coming to Princeton, played for the boys’ team at Coventry High School where she was the Coventry High School Athlete of the Year.