Providence College assistant vice president for athletics John Marinatto has announced the appointment of Bob Deraney as head coach for the women’s ice hockey team. Deraney replaces Tom Sheehan, who had served as interim coach since January.
Deraney, a 1987 graduate of Boston University, played hockey for four seasons at BU, helping the Terriers capture two Beanpots (1986 and 1987) and one Hockey East title (1986).
The former Terrier netminder began his coaching career with the BU men’s junior varsity team in 1987, then served as men’s assistant at Northeastern, Dartmouth and UMass-Amherst. Deraney also assisted head coach Ben Smith with the USA Women’s national camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1998.
“I’m very excited to be coaching a hockey program with such a great tradition,” Deraney said. “Our goal is to help Providence College hockey continue as one of the top women’s programs in the country and challenge for the ECAC crown.”