Rensselaer men’s assistant coach Vines tabbed to guide school’s women’s team on interim basis

Rensselaer has named Bryan Vines the interim head women’s hockey coach.

John Burke was let go last week after 14 seasons at the helm.

Vines has been an assistant coach for the Engineers men’s hockey team for the last eight seasons.

“Bryan is a total professional who brings extensive hockey knowledge and leadership to our women’s Ice hockey program,” said RPI director of athletics Dr. Lee McElroy in a statement. “He is a tremendous teacher and coach who will provide our student-athletes with a passionate and successful experience.”

“I am very excited to work with the RPI women’s hockey team this coming season,” added Vines. “I would like to thank Dr. Jackson and Dr. McElroy for the opportunity to stay at RPI and help continue to build the program with [assistants] Jake [Anderson] and Christie [Cicero]. We have a wonderful staff and a great group of players and I can’t wait to get started. I am very familiar with the team and we will be looking to make the transition as smooth as possible, so we can have a successful year in the classroom and on the ice.”

A four-year letter-winner on defense at Denver, Vines was in charge of the Engineers’ defensive and penalty killing units since 2009-10. Before coaching the men’s team, Vines served as assistant general manager and assistant coach with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL.

Prior to joining the Bulldogs, he was a volunteer assistant coach with Miami and spent three years with the Colorado Avalanche as a video coach.