UNH's McCloskey inks extension through 2010

Whitten Hamlen promoted to Associate Head Coach


DURHAM, N.H. - Brian McCloskey, hired in May 2002 as the women's ice hockey head coach at the University of New Hampshire, has signed a contract extension through the 2010 season, seventh-year Athletic Director Marty Scarano announced Thursday. The University also announced that Erin Whitten Hamlen (UNH '93), who joined the women's ice hockey coaching staff in the 2000-01 season, was promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach.

"Brian has done an outstanding job rebuilding the women's ice hockey program and has brought it back to national prominence," Scarano said. "UNH is fortunate to have him leading this prestigious program and we look forward to many more successful campaigns under his tutelage."

McCloskey guided UNH to a No. 1 national ranking and the program's first NCAA Frozen Four appearance as well as Hockey East regular-season and tournament championships in a school-record 33 win season in 2006. He was named USCHO.com Coach of the Year, the runner-up in the AHCA Coach of the Year voting and distinguished as Hockey East Coach of the Year for the third time in the four-year history of the league. McCloskey was also recognized as New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year, an honor he also received in 2003.

In four years as head coach, McCloskey has guided the Wildcats to an overall record of 104-27-13 for a .767 winning percentage. That mark includes 62-7-7 (.862 win percentage) in Hockey East conference games. UNH has won at least a share of the Hockey East regular-season crown three of four years and has not finished lower than second in the final standings, and a Wildcat has been named the league's Player of the Year all four years.

Whitten Hamlen, a four-year standout in goal for the UNH women's ice hockey team and eight-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team, has served as assistant coach at her alma mater for six seasons. Under her tutelage, goaltender Jen Huggon garnered All-America honors in 2003 and a UNH goalie has been Hockey East Goaltending Champion all four years of the league's existence.

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