Brown University of Providence, R.I., is expected to name Dartmouth assistant Brendan Whittet as head coach this week. He replaces Minnesota native Roger Grillo, who has taken a job as regional manager with USA Hockey’s American Development Model. Reportedly among the finalists for the Brown job was former St. Scholastica defenseman and one-time Saints head coach Mark Workman. He was a St. Scholastica assistant (1993-95), head coach (1995-2001) and spent one season as a Minnesota Duluth volunteer assistant (2001-02). Workman, 38, has been on the Brown staff for six years. Here’s a story from Wednesday’s Providence Jounal:
East Providence native Brendan Whittet will be the new head coach of the Brown University men’s hockey team. Whittet, an assistant coach at Dartmouth since 1998, was offered the job Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Hockey Report. U.S. College Hockey Online and the College Hockey News reported Tuesday afternoon that Whittet had accepted the offer.
An announcement is expected later this week.
“We’re really excited about it,” said Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet, Brown’s head coach when Whittet played at the school, told USCHO. “He’s a guy with a lot of passion for the game and for Brown. He wore the uniform down there, and I think that is going to translate to the players, the passion he has for the school.”
Whittet, played for Mount St. Charles and the Kent School before enrolling at Brown. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational behavior and management in 1994.
He was an assistant at Brown and Colby before moving to Dartmouth. Whittet will replace Roger Grillo, who resigned to take a job with USA Hockey.
Others who reportedly received interviews were Boston College assistant Mike Cavanaugh, UMass assistant Red Gendron, Union College associate head coach Rick Bennett, Colorado College assistant Joe Bonnett, Brown assistant Mark Workman, and Brown women’s coach Digit Murphy.