Merrimack Adds U.S. Olympian Kacey Bellamy to Women’s Ice Hockey Coaching Staff
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College Athletic Department and Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson are pleased to welcome Kacey Bellamy, two-time Winter Olympics silver medalist for the United States Women's Ice Hockey National Team, as assistant women's ice hockey coach, as announced Thursday.
Bellamy joins the coaching staff of head coach Erin Hamlen and assistant coach Brent Hill, as the trio continues to build toward the program's debut season at the Division I ranks in 2015-16.
"My coaching philosophy has been to recruit great players and great people who work to build a successful program, and our assistant coaches embody this philosophy," Hamlen commented. "I am thrilled to bring someone into our Merrimack Women's Ice Hockey family who brings a wealth of hockey experience, an unending work-ethic, and a desire to push athletes to be their best.
"I coached Kacey in college, with Team USA, and with the Boston Blades. She has grown to be a leader at every level and, as a two-time Olympian, continues to grow as a player. As a coach, she will bring her elite experience to a young program."
"I am honored and thrilled to become part of Merrimack College and the first-ever women's ice hockey team," Bellamy stated. "Erin and Brent have done an incredible job and I can't wait to join their process in forming a successful program."
Bellamy arrives in North Andover after spending most of last year preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, competing as a member of the United States Women's National Team and helping the U.S. capture a silver medal. She also was a member of the team in Vancouver back in the 2010 Winter Olympics, where the United States also took home a silver medal.
A 2009 graduate from the University of New Hampshire, Bellamy was a five-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team for the IIHF World Women's Championship, helping the team claim gold on four occasions. She was an assistant captain for Team USA in 2012 and 2013, and named one of the team's Top-Three Players in 2009.
Bellamy was an eight-time member of the U.S. Women's Select Team for the Four Nations Cup and twice skated for the Under-22 Select Team that competed against Canada in 2007-08.
At UNH, Bellamy ranks third all-time in career points by a defenseman, earning RBK All-America First Team and Hockey East First Team honors as a senior and was named UNH's Jim Urquahart Student-Athlete of the Year.