College Hockey:
McCloskey a Finalist for UNH Women’s Opening

— Three candidates remain in the search for a new women’s ice hockey coach at New Hampshire. The school says the search committee will interview three three finalists over the next two weeks.

The three are:

  • Current UNH associate men’s coach Brian McCloskey.
  • Julie Sasner, who recently completed a two-year stint as assistant coach of the Women’s U.S. National and Olympic ice hockey teams.
  • Stacy Wilson, an assistant women’s ice hockey coach at Minnesota-Duluth.

    New Hampshire fired former coach Karen Kay following last season. Kay compiled a 215-90-25 record in 10 seasons at UNH.

    McCloskey recently completed his 10th season with the Wildcat men’s ice hockey team. As a recruiter, he brought in players such as 1999 Hobey Baker Award winner Jason Krog, and Hobey Baker finalists Ty Conklin and Mark Mowers. McCloskey also was an assistant coach at Dartmouth, Brown and Princeton. He is is a 1977 Dartmouth graduate.

    Sasner, who graduated from Oyster River High School in Durham, helped the U.S. Olympic team to an Olympic Silver Medal in Salt Lake City this past winter. During her two years with the national team, the team posted a two-year record of 76-3-1. Sasner was the head coach at Cornell from 1993-98 and the head coach at Wisconsin from 1998-2000. She graduated from Harvard in 1988.

    Wilson is seeking her first collegiate head coaching position after serving for three years as the top assistant at Minnesota-Duluth, which won national championships in 2001 and 2002. Wilson played on Canada’s silver medal team in the 1998 Olympic Games. Wilson is a 1987 graduate of Acadia.

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