Gaynor returns to Marian as head coach

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FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University has announced the hiring of former assistant coach Zach Gaynor as head men's coach, and also announced the departure of Lincoln Nguyen after just one season to an undisclosed Division I assistant position. The moves were announced on Tuesday. 

"I am pleased to announce that Zach Gaynor will be taking over the leadership of our men's hockey program," Athletic Director Jason Bartelt said in the school's release. "As a Marian hockey alum and coach, he has been around NCAA hockey and the grueling NCHA for nine years.  It is great to get him back home and behind our bench. I look forward to watching him continue the strong tradition of Marian Hockey."

Gaynor was previously an assistant for the Sabres for three seasons from 2009 to 2012, after receiving his bachelor's in Sport and Recreation Management in 2008. That span included two MCHA championship game appearances. The success at Marian working under Jasen Wise led Gaynor to Concordia University Wisconsin, where he has been on the Falcon bench as associate head coach since 2012. His efforts at Concordia culminated with the program's first winning campaign in 2016-17 and a sweep of No. 1 St. Norbert College. 

"I would like to thank Lincoln Nguyen, Jason Bartelt, and President Manion for this opportunity," commented Gaynor.  "I am very excited to be the head coach where my career first started almost a decade ago. It has been a goal of mine to return and be the head coach at my alma mater. Coach Nguyen has played a vital role in this programs success and I look forward to continuing that success moving forward. Marian hockey has a rich history of athletic and academic excellence and I am grateful and humbled to be a part of that once again."

Gaynor played one season of collegiate hockey at the ACHA level for the University of Oregon. He inherits a Marian team that went 15-10-2 this past season. 

Nichols adds Renault, Savage to Women's Staff

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Courtesy of Peter Devito, Nichols College

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College women’s ice hockey head coach Michael O’Grady has announced the additions of Nicole Renault and Paige Savage to his coaching staff.

Renault was a four-year member of the Syracuse University program, where she was a two-year assistant captain. She graduated with the most points by a defenseman in program history (81), collecting 28 points as both a sophomore and senior. She was a unanimous selection to the College Hockey America (CHA) All-Rookie Team in 2012-13 before earning First Team All-CHA honors in each of her final three campaigns. In 125 career games with the Orangewomen, Renault scored 37 goals to go along with 44 assists.

A three-time CHA All-Academic Team pick, Renault graduated from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management in May, 2016. She went on to spend one season as a member of the EV Bozen 84 Eagles, which competes in the European Women’s Hockey League (EWHL). Renault helped them capture both the regular season and playoff championship.
“I am very excited to have Nicole as a part of our family,” said O’Grady. “Nicole brings a wealth of knowledge after having finished playing professionally in Italy. She will be a great asset to our players in helping them develop both as hockey players and young adults.”

Savage graduated from Northeastern University this past May with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. In 149 career games for the Huskies, she racked up 106 points on 37 goals and 69 assists, highlighted by a 29-point campaign as a sophomore (7-22-29) and a 28-point effort (11-17-28) as a junior. She was an assistant captain as a senior.

Currently a member of the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League, Savage represented the U.S. at the U18 World Championship in the Czech Republic, and was the captain and leading scorer of the NAHA U19 team when it won the Junior Women’s Hockey League in 2011-12. She has worked a series of hockey camps, including North American Hockey Elite Camp and International Ice Hockey Federation Camp.

“It is great to have Paige on board here at Nichols,” explained O’Grady. “She had a great career as a Huskie and will help our forwards continue to improve. With Paige being a member of the NWHL's Boston Pride, she will bring a unique perspective to the staff and will help us achieve our goals.”

Nichols opens its 2017-18 campaign on November 3 with a home contest against SUNY Canton at 4:40 p.m.

Brandt hired as SNC associate coach

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DePere, Wis. – St. Norbert College has announced the hiring of Andy Brandt as the new associate head coach of its men's program. The move was announced on Friday. 

Brandt, who is a Wisconsin native, returns to the Badger State after spending the two and a half years as the head coach and general manager of the ECHL's Atlanta Gladiators. He was also an assistant coach with the Gladiators for the 2013-14 season and into the 2014-15 season before being promoted in one of the organizations he also played in professionally. 

"My family and I are excited and honored to have the opportunity to join such a prestigious program," Brandt said in the school's release. "I was thrilled when the opportunity arose to coach at the collegiate level with St. Norbert and I’m eager to jump in and get started." 

Brandt played seven years of professional hockey, mostly with the Gladiators when they identified themselves under the Gwinnett moniker. He racked up 192 total points in a franchise-record 357 games. Brandt was an assistant captain and team captain during his tenure in Gwinnett. He also played in the AHL for the Lake Erie Monsters, Manitoba Moose and Abbotsford Heat, and with the ECHL's Victoria Salmon Kings. His illustrious professional career came on the heels of a strong collegiate career at Wisconsin, where he was part of the 2006 NCAA championship team and played 130 games for head coach Mike Eaves, who is also in the Division III coaching ranks now at St. Olaf. 

"Andy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to St. Norbert College," St. Norbert head coach Tim Coghlin said in the school's release. "He experienced Division I hockey at its highest level with the national championship at Wisconsin, and most recently completed his time as a player and coach in the ECHL. He has a clear understanding of player development and how to reach the next level."

Brandt is a 2009 graduate of Wisconsin. He replaces longtime assistant and associate coach AJ Aitken, who resigned his position to join his family's retail business in the offseason after aiding the Green Knights to consecutive NCAA championship site appearances. 

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