Amy Bourbeau Becomes Brown’s Head Women’s Ice Hockey Coach

Amy Bourbeau has been named the Head Women’s Ice Hockey Coach at Brown for the upcoming 2011-2012 season. In Brown’s 47 years of women’s ice hockey history, Bourbeau will only be the third head coach. She replaces former head coach Digit Murphy, who was involved with the women’s ice hockey program at Brown for more than 20 years.

Bourbeau is a native of Rhode Island and played hockey for Providence College, where she was a four-year letter winner. She contributed greatly to the Frairs’ three ECAC championship wins in 1992, ’93, and ’94, and she was named captain in her senior year.

For the past 14 years, Bourbeau has been the assistant coach at Princeton, helping the Tigers finish second in the ECAC and win the Ivy League title in 2006, along with two top three finishes in the ECAC.

In recent years, the women’s ice hockey team at Brown has struggled. In the past three seasons, the team has only managed a total of 15 wins. Last season, the Bears were 3-24-4, the worst record the team has posted since Brown joined the ECAC over 30 years ago. In an official press release, Bourbeau said she hopes to revive the team and bring it back to its former glory.

“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,” Bourbeau said. “I have always aspired to be a head coach and it’s a dream come true to lead the Brown University program … Looking forward, I am excited about the opportunity to restore the winning tradition at Brown.”

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Women’s Ice Hockey Coach of 22 Years Digit Murphy Retires

Since 1987, Margaret “Digit” Murphy has been a part of Brown women’s ice hockey. After a remarkable career that saw her break the record for most wins by a coach in Division I women’s hockey history, Murphy will retire, and for the first time since the 1989-90 season, the team will have a new head coach.

Though she will no longer be on the Bears’ bench, Murphy’s many accomplishments will continue to live on in Meehan Auditorium. During her tenure, she coached the team to 306 wins, six ECAC titles, five Ivy League titles, and three national championship games. She also won multiple coach of the year awards. A Rhode Island native, Murphy has also been involved in girls’ youth hockey in her home state, having helped start the Rhode Island High School Girls Hockey League.   Continue Reading