Courtesy of Brown Sports Information
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Brown University has named Amy Bourbeau as the head coach of its women's ice hockey team in an announcement made by Bears' Athletic Director Michael Goldberger. Bourbeau, who becomes the third head coach in Brown's 47-year women's hockey history, comes to Brown with 16 years of intercollegiate coaching experience, including 14 years as an assistant coach at Princeton.
"I'm extremely pleased to bring Amy Bourbeau to Brown as a teacher and mentor with 14 years of Ivy coaching experience," said Goldberger. "She's had a successful career, first as a student-athlete at Providence College, and now with 16 years of collegiate coaching experience. We're pleased to welcome Amy and her family to the Brown community."
"I would like to thank Michael Goldberger, Carolan Norris (Associate Athletic Director), and the search committee for giving me this great opportunity," said Bourbeau. "Personally, as a Rhode Island native, I am so excited to come home and teach hockey at one of the greatest academic institutions in the world. I have always aspired to be a head coach and it's a dream come true to lead the Brown University program. I have developed relationships with many wonderful coaches and players so far during my career. Those people will always hold a special place in my heart, and I am grateful for the positive impact they have made on my life. I would like to acknowledge former coach Digit Murphy for her dedication to the game and her many accomplishments at Brown. Looking forward, I am excited about the opportunity to restore the winning tradition at Brown."
While at Princeton, Bourbeau helped the Tigers to their best-ever ECAC finish of second in 2006 and an Ivy League title that same year. She also helped Princeton to two top-three ECAC finishes and three 20-win seasons.
Bourbeau was recently honored by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) with its inaugural Women's Ice Hockey Assistant Coach Award. The award recognizes the career body of work of an assistant coach in women's ice hockey.
"Amy has a brilliant hockey mind. Perhaps, her greatest strength is her ability to make in-game adjustments," said Princeton coach Jeff Kampersal. "She excels at attacking other team's weaknesses as well as solidifying areas of improvement that would help our team. She works tirelessly watching game tape, so she can best prepare our players during a typical week's practice. In her practices, she mixes repetition and creativity. She understands that basic skills are required to win and must be practiced repetitively."
Bourbeau coached at both Williams and Middlebury before coming to Princeton. In 1998 she spent a year at Williams College, where she served as the head coach of the women's hockey team and as an assistant coach with the softball team. Bourbeau had previously served as the head softball coach and the assistant hockey and soccer coach at Middlebury.
A native of Coventry, Rhode Island, Bourbeau played for the boy's team at Coventry High School where she was the Coventry High School Athlete of the Year. She played youth hockey for Edgewood Hockey.
Bourbeau went on to a standout career at Providence College, where she was a four-year letterwinner for the Friars. She was a member of the Friars' ECAC championship teams in 1992, 1993 and 1994. Bourbeau, the team's captain as a senior, was the recipient of the Providence College William T. McCue award for excellence in academics and athletics.
Bourbeau has lectured at the USA Hockey Coaches Certification Clinic and coached at several nationwide hockey camps, including USA Hockey camps.
Formerly Amy Carlson, she and François Bourbeau were married in the summer of 2004. The couple has a daughter, Anabelle, who was born in July of 2009.