Kay Fired at UNH

The contract of New Hampshire women’s coach Karen Kay has not been extended for the 2002-03 academic year, UNH athletic director Marty Scarano announced Tuesday afternoon.

“After a thorough review of the program, I feel it is in the best interest of the women’s ice hockey program at UNH to find new leadership,” Scarano said.

The school says a national search will begin immediately, “with the intent to find a coach who will embody the high standards of the University of New Hampshire and to bring the program back to national prominence.”

Kay compiled a 215-90-25 record in 10 seasons (1992-02) at UNH.

According to the Manchester Union Leader, assistant coaches Richard Brande and Erin Whitten Hamlen would run the program in the interim. But the newspaper quoted UNH forward Chandy Kaip saying Brande and Hamlen could become candidates for the job, but “I got the sense that Marty [Scarano] is going to search nationally. I hope they retain coaches Brande and Hamlen because they know
us and I think that would help going into next year.”