Success in women’s ice hockey at the Division 3 level is no stranger to Andy McPhee, and that was music to the ears of Endicott College.
The Gulls will become a varsity women’s hockey program in the fall of 2015 and announced yesterday that McPhee will be the program’s next head coach.
An experienced coach, McPhee has been an assistant at Division 1 Brown for the last three seasons and prior to that spent nine seasons as head coach of D3 powerhouse Trinity College.
“We are thrilled that Coach McPhee is joining the Endicott team and will be leading the transition of our women’s ice hockey program,” said Endicott Director of Athletics Brian Wylie said in a school news release.
“Coach McPhee is a proven winner, coupled with his hockey background and experience make him a perfect fit with the current stage of the women’s hockey program. His emphasis on academic success, leadership, character and community involvement are some of the key attributes that I anticipate seeing within his program.”
McPhee helped Trinity transition from club to varsity status and playing in the highly competitive NESCAC the Bantams became a nationally recognized program. McPhee earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors three times and led the team to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 2010.
A graduate of Middlebury, McPhee played both football and baseball and later served as an assistant coach in those sports and women’s hockey at his alma mater. He was a member of the NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship Committee from 2008-11 and is an active member of both the American Hockey Coaches Association and the American Women’s Hockey Coaches Association.
Endicott has had a women’s hockey team competing at the club level for several years, most recently advancing to the semifinals of the Independent Collegiate Women’s Hockey League tournament this past winter. The program is transitioning to varsity status in conjunction with the opening of the school’s new on-campus hockey rink slated to break ground this summer and open in 2015.