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December 06. 2013 10:13AM

UNH fires coach McCloskey over 'incident of inappropriate physical contact with a player'

The University of New Hampshire has fired women's head hockey coach Brian McCloskey, according to a press release issued by the university Thursday.

According to the release, McCloskey was let go after an investigation into an incident of inappropriate physical contact with a player on the bench during the Wildcats' home game on Saturday.

"The safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our number one priority," said UNH athletics director Marty Scarano in the release. "Coaches are role models for our students and responsible for their dignity and safety and we have zero tolerance for unsportsmanlike behavior on any of our athletic teams."

A call placed to McCloskey's home by the New Hampshire Union Leader reached McCloskey's wife Karen, who relayed that McCloskey said he had no comment.

The release from UNH indicated that the team's two assistant coaches, Jamie Wood and Stephanie Jones, will coach the Wildcats this weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth and that an interim coach would be named in time for conference play when it resumes in January.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, McCloskey was a co-captain at Dartmouth and recorded 92 points as a three-year letterman.

McCloskey was an assistant with the men's hockey team at UNH before taking the helm of the women's program in 2002.

He guided UNH to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances between 2006 and 2010 and berths in the Frozen Four in 2006 and 2008 Under McCloskey, UNH captured six Hockey East regular season championships and tournament championships in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

McCloskey led the Wildcats to a school record 33 wins in 2006 and 2008, the program's first perfect home record (17-0 0 in 2006), is a three-time New England Hockey Writers Association Coach of the Year (2003, 2006, 2009) winner and four-time Hockey East Coach of the Year (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009) winner.



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