DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College Director of Athletics Charlyn Robert has announced the hiring of Wil Brown (Hershey, Pa.) as the next head coach of the women's ice hockey program. Brown replaces Jillian Campbell, who will be pursuing her master's degree at UMass Amherst.
|In three seasons with the Nichols' men's program, Borwn tallied nine goals and 22 assists.|
Brown, who will receive his bachelor's degree in English on Saturday, is no stranger to the Bison, having served as a two-year captain of the men's ice hockey team (2011-12, 2012-13). This past season, the 2013 All-ECAC Northeast Second Team honoree led the Bison, and the second-ranked defense in the league, to the ECAC Northeast semifinals for the second year-in-a-row. As a junior, Brown was named an honorable mention to go along with a spot on the Inaugural Worcester City Shootout team.
"At times in life and in business, we come across right place – right time opportunities," commented Robert. "Coach Brown's knowledge in the game of hockey, experience, energy, commitment, passion and vision for this program is the perfect fit! I am very proud of Wil and all that he has accomplished and achieved as a Nichols alum. He is an exemplary leader on campus. Coach Brown is excited to get out of the starting gate and is very much looking forward to recruiting skaters to the place he calls home and develop their talent as student-athletes with a love for ice hockey."
Overall, Brown totaled 12 goals and 35 helpers for 47 points - including a stint at Lebanon Valley College. In three seasons in Dudley, the Hershey-native scored nine goals and tallied 22 assists for 31 points. Brown never missed a game in his collegiate career and reached the 100-game plateau in a 3-1 victory over Suffolk on February 6. Prior to the milestone game, Brown participated in a puck drop to help raise awareness for stomach cancer as part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's (SAAC) 'Play for a Cure' campaign.
In addition to his time on the ice, Brown brings three years of coaching experience to the Bison as he was an assistant coach for St. Mary's High School from 2007-2009. In 2010-11, he also was a head counselor and hockey coach at Boot Camp Hockey as well as a coach at Puckmasters Hockey Training.
In the classroom, the two-year SAAC secretary earned a pair of ECAC Northeast All-Academic team nods and was inducted to the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society as a junior. He also served as the Vice President for 'Windfall', Nichols College literary magazine, in 2011.
"I'm looking forward to continuing my career as a Bison by transitioning from a student-athlete into a professional role within the school," remarked Brown. "I'm extremely excited with the opportunity that's at hand. I'm looking forward to being able to build on what coach Campbell brought to the table this past year as we continue to move forward in a positive direction with the program."