Women’s Hockey | 7/17/2020 12:00:00 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Rochester Institute of Technological innovation Government Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lou Spiotti, Jr. declared previous Tiger standout Celeste Brown ’15 has been named the Bruce B. Bates Women’s Hockey Coach at her alma mater.

Brown was a member of RIT’s 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship team in advance of starring the next a few seasons in the course of the Tigers’ move to Division I. She went on to turn into the very first player in application history to signal a expert agreement ahead of kicking off a coaching vocation, which bundled the past three years as an assistant coach at Penn Condition College.

“I am really happy to make this announcement to the RIT group,” explained Spiotti. “To bring a single of our very own alumna again to consider more than our proud women’s hockey program is certainly an exciting day. Celeste was 1 of the fiercest competition our athletics program has ever identified and has because turn into a stellar coach.”

Brown claimed, “I would initially like to thank Lou Spiotti, (Senior VP for University student Affairs) Sandy Johnson, (Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics) Bethany Marren and the entire search committee on their diligent endeavours through this method and the opportunity to return to RIT. I would also like to thank my relatives and the unbelievable mentors I have had to help me get to this level.

“I am actually humbled and ecstatic to lead the upcoming period of RIT women’s hockey. RIT is an unbelievable establishment that presents elite chances in the two teachers and athletics. I search ahead to signing up for an athletic office full of effective teams, coaches and scholar-athletes.”

Brown joined Penn Condition Head Coach Jeff Kampersal’s personnel prior to the 2018 marketing campaign, functioning largely with the Nittany Lions’ forwards and power engage in unit. Beneath Brown’s tutelage, Penn State innovative to 3-consecutive College or university Hockey The usa Event semifinals, although the 2018-19 squad totaled 73 ambitions — a person small of the program’s all-time document -– alongside with 2nd-most factors (180), electricity perform aims (23) and assists (107) in the PSU record ebook.

“Celeste is a fantastic coach — she’s smart, loyal, determined, and real,” stated Kampersal. “Each and every working day, she pushed me and our players to be far better.  As a player, she was a winner at RIT since of her grit.  As a mentor, I hope her teams to be equally gritty and challenging to engage in against. Her gamers will adore actively playing for her.” 

During her time in Condition College or university, Pa., Brown mentored mounting senior forward Natalie Heising, who has founded herself as one particular of Faculty Hockey America’s (CHA) leading scorers. Heising was tabbed 2018 CHA Rookie of the Year just after finishing 2nd in the league with 19 objectives and main the way with 10 power participate in targets and 15 ability engage in details. The two-time CHA All-Star is already the program’s all-time leader with 18 ability perform tallies and ranks 2nd and 3rd, respectively, with 47 aims and 77 points entering her last season. Heising also scored three ambitions in Penn State’s 4-1 victory around RIT in the 2020 CHA Tournament Quarterfinals previously this year.

“These remarkable gals at RIT are my quantity a person priority,” ongoing Brown. “I am excited to master about every single player’s person activities and outlooks. People virtues will improve our workforce identification.”

Brown played for the New York Riveters in the course of the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) in 2015-16 although also kicking off her coaching occupation as a volunteer assistant at Division III Manhattanville. She performed the pursuing season with the NWHL’s Connecticut Whale though also serving as an assistant mentor at Division III Connecticut College or university.

Brown’s prolific vocation in a Tiger uniform began with 21 factors on 12 objectives and nine assists throughout her freshman marketing campaign, culminating with the go-ahead purpose and two helps in the 3rd interval of RIT’s 4-1 victory more than Norwich (Vt.) to clinch the nationwide title. She was also on the ice when the Tigers scored the overtime game-winner to defeat Plattsburgh, 2-1, in the countrywide semifinals. 

Brown continued her large-level enjoy next the program’s shift to Division I prior to the 2012-13 marketing campaign. She scored a team-significant 30 goals over the up coming 3 seasons though serving as workforce captain for both equally of the team’s CHA Championship runs in 2014 and 2015, finishing with 70 details on 42 aims and 28 helps. In the classroom, Brown posted a 3.73 quality position ordinary though garnering CHA All-Tutorial Crew honors on three occasions. She acquired a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology even though also tacking on a slight in girls and gender studies.

Continued Spiotti, “This appointment marks the conclusion of a thorough and very successful system that resulted in an appointment that we sense incredibly self-assured about. “Celeste brings our plan the experiences, passion and degree of motivation which our college student-athletes deserve.”

The Terrific Falls, Montana native served as a capabilities mentor very last summer time at the United states of america Hockey Nationwide Camp and has been element of the United states Hockey Western Multi-District Women Player Development Camp for the past four a long time, at the moment serving as a head coach. Brown has also labored as a head coach at the Summer Hockey Faculty in Skedsmo, Norway considering that 2015.

“I am counting down the days till the staff returns to campus and the fun can begin,” Brown stated. “We are likely to method each and every working day with open up minds, pleasure and whole energy. It feels great to be again in the Tiger place!”