Head Coach Richard Reichenbach
The University of Maine has named Richard Reichenbach women's ice hockey head coach for the 2014-2015 season. His wife, Sara, who served as co-coach with him last year, will serve as an assistant coach for the upcoming season.
Reichenbach recently completed his fourth season with the Black Bears, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator the previous three years before serving as co-coach last season.
The Black Bears finished fifth in Hockey East last season and lost to Vermont in the Hockey East playoffs in triple overtime. He coached Audra Richards (Maplewood, Minn.), who was named a Hockey East Honorable Mention. The Black Bears were the least penalized team in Hockey East last year. The Black Bears led all Hockey East programs as 20 of their 26 student-athletes were named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. Katy Massey (Waterville, Maine) and Brianne Kilgour (Hamilton, Ontario) were named two of Hockey East's Top Three Scholar-Athlete and named to the Hockey East Academic All-Star Team.
Reichenbach came to the University of Maine from Cortland State where he was responsible for recruiting and organizing team travel, practices and video breakdown. He also worked primarily with the Cortland State defense.
Reichenbach, a native of Baldwinsville, New York, is a 2006 graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He played hockey and lacrosse for the continentals for four years and was coached by legendary coach Phil Grady while playing hockey at Hamilton. He captained the team his senior season. Following graduation, he played a year of professional hockey with the Richmond Renegades of the SPHL. Reichenbach worked as a hockey specialist and Bluestreak Sports Training in Stamford Connecticut where he trained numerous elite athletes who played in the NHL, Olympics, Division 1 and 3 hockey. Reichenbach recently completed his master's degree in sports management from Cortland State.
Assistant Coach Sara Reichenbach
Sara Reichenbach, a native of Aylmer, Quebec, returns to the Black Bear family as an assistant coach after having spent the last three years as the assistant coach at Dartmouth college in Hanover, NH. During her stint at Dartmouth, Reichenbach was responsible for the forwards, planning trips and events, video breakdown for team and opponents, and assisted in recruiting efforts. During her two-year stint at the University of Maine from 2007 to 2009, Reichenbach was the recruiting coordinator and assisted in all coaching responsibilities, including player development and on-ice systems.
Prior to Maine, Reichenbach was a volunteer assistant at Mercyhurst College while also working to further her education. In 2007, she earned her Master's degree in Organizational Leadership. Before her coaching start at the NCAA level, Reichenbach coached at the North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vermont. She spent one season at NAHA where she helped mentor and develop young players to get them ready for the college level.
Her USA playing career began at Hebron Academy in Maine, playing two seasons for the 'Jacks where she would take on captain responsibilities for both years. She also led Hebron to the New England Prep School Athletic Conference Championship in 1999. Following her prep school career, she played four years at St. Lawrence University and helped lead the Saints to four ECAC Hockey Tournaments, two NCAA Frozen Fours and was a four-time member of the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Squad. Simard graduated from St. Lawrence in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Science.
Following her playing career at St. Lawrence University, Simard played one year of professional hockey with Lugano and earned a tryout with the Swiss National Team during her stint in Lugano, Switzerland.