Brown Selects Whittet As Next Coach
CHN Staff Report
Brown has selected Brendan Whittet, current Dartmouth assistant coach and 1994 Brown alumnus, as its next head coach, sources tell College Hockey News. Whittet replaces Roger Grillo, who held the job for 12 seasons before he left to work with USA Hockey.
Whittet, the only alumnus interviewed, beat out five other finalists for the position.
Current Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet was Whittet's coach at Brown when Whittet played there. Gaudet made Whittet an assistant at Brown right after graduation, then, later, brought him to Dartmouth in 1998, where he's been for the last 12 years. Under Gaudet, Whittet and fellow assistant coach Dave Peters, Dartmouth went from perennial ECAC doormat, to top contender, sending numerous players to the NHL.
Whittet, a native of East Providence, R.I., was a four-year defenseman at Brown. In his playing career, he appeared in 74 games and helped lead the Bears to an Ivy League title in 1992, two trips to the ECAC Final Four Championship in 1993 and 1994, and an NCAA tournament at-large selection in 1993. During Whittet's high school career he was a two-time Rhode Island all-state and all-league selection at perennial powerhouse Mount St. Charles. He was named the Rhode Island Defensive Player of the Year in 1988-89. Whittet also played for Southern New England in the Junior Olympics in 1989, before heading to the Kent School for a postgraduate year.
For the past 12 summers, Whittet has worked for the New England District at various USA Hockey Select Summer Festivals. This past summer he was named as an assistant coach for the United States Under-17 National Select Team that competed in the 5 Nations Tournament that was held in Prievidza, Slovakia. The tournament included the national teams from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland and the United States. The United States team won the silver medal with a 3-1, record falling only to the Czech Republic.
Whittet has also been the head coach for the New England Select-16 team that participated in the 2000 USA Festival that went undefeated in the tournament. Whittet also serves as a member of the New England Select coaching staff that works with elite New England players ranging in age from 13-18.