DURHAM, N.H.-- The search for a new head women's ice hockey coach at the University of New Hampshire is reaching its final stages and the search committee will be interviewing three possible candidates for the job during the next two weeks. The announcement was made today by UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano.

The impressive list of applicants includes: present UNH associate head men's ice coach Brian McCloskey; Julie Sasner, who recently completed a two-year stint as assistant coach of the Women's US National and Olympic ice hockey teams; and Stacy Wilson, presently an assistant women's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

McCloskey recently completed his 10th season with the Wildcat men's ice hockey team. Known for his outstanding recruiting ability, he brought in tremendous talent to UNH, including 1999 Hobey Baker Award winner Jason Krog, and Hobey Baker finalists Ty Conklin and Mark Mowers. McCloskey has also gained valuable coaching experience at Dartmouth College, Brown University and Princeton University as an assistant coach. During his time in Durham, many of the players he helped recruit led UNH to three "Frozen Four" appearances and one national championship contest in the last five years. In addition, the Wildcat teams he helped coach and recruit for in 1999 and 2002 each posted over 30 victories, 31 and 30, respectively. The mark of 31 in 1999 is a school record. He is a 1977 graduate of Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Government.

Sasner, who graduated from Oyster River High School in Durham, is hoping to return to her home state after serving as the assistant coach for the women's US National and Olympic squads from 2000-2002. She helped lead the squad to an Olympic Silver Medal in Salt Lake City this past winter and her team posted a two-year record of 76-3-1. From 1998-2000, Sasner was the head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Wisconsin, where she initiated new program in 1998-99. In 1999-2000, she led the Badgers to a 19-14-2 overall record and a third-place finish in the WCHA. From 1993-98, she served as the head women's ice hockey coach at Cornell University. There she led her team to an Ivy League title in 1996 and was named Coach of the Year by the American Women's Hockey Coaches Association. Her overall record with the Big Red was 53-60-6. She is a 1988 graduate of Harvard University with an A.B. in Social Anthropology. She later earned her Masters degree in Counseling from San Francisco State University in 1992.

Wilson will be looking for her first collegiate head coach position after serving for three years as the top assistant for a highly successful Minnesota-Duluth women's ice hockey program that won national titles in 2001 and 2002. During that two-season stretch, the Bulldogs posted an impressive record of 52-11-8. In her 2000 campaign, she helped lead her squad to a WCHA regular season and tournament title as the team finished with a 25-5-3 mark. An outstanding ice hockey player, she also won a Silver Medal as a team captain for the 1998 Canadian Olympic Team. Wilson is a 1987 graduate of Acadia University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education.


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