SUNY Potsdam welcomes in new women's assistant hockey coach

09.16.13

The SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team has hired new assistant coach Bryanna Farris for the 2013-14 season.

Coach Farris replaces the vacated spot left by two-year assistant Courtney Laughlin, who has departed the team to pursue a graduate degree.

Farris joins a Bears' coaching staff that led Potsdam to a 10-14-2 record and has qualified for the playoffs in three of the past four seasons.

Prior to Potsdam, Farris served for six years as a hockey coach in instructing players ranging from age three to 25 with the Peak Centre for Human Performance in Kanata, Ontario, Canada.

Farris also taught physical education at Newmarket Junior/Senior High School in Newmarket, New Hampshire, and Moharimet Elementary School in Madbury, New Hampshire.

As a member of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, Farris was selected to the Hockey East All-Academic Team from 2010-2011 and was also named to the Dean's list.  She lettered in women's hockey for four years with the Wildcats.

"I am very excited to have Bryanna join us this season," said seventh-year women's head ice hockey coach Jay Green.

"We met for the first time in the recruiting process several years ago when she was a member of the Ottawa Senators Women's Intermediate program. She just completed her academic/athletic career at UNH as a four-year letterman with the Wildcats. Bryanna will bring playing experiences and an exposure to Division I hockey, which will be a benefit to all of us here at Potsdam. At UNH, she played both at the defense and forward positions. As a result, she will have a broad base of knowledge to share with myself and will also surely benefit our players in the months ahead."

Coach Farris received her bachelor's degree in kinesiology: physical education pedagogy from the University of New Hampshire in May of 2013.

In high school, Farris also lettered in soccer, volleyball, basketball, track and field and badminton.  During the 2008-09 season, she earned a gold medal with Team Ontario Red in the Under-18 Canadian National Championship.  A member of the Ottawa Senators Women's Hockey Club, she lifted the 2009 team by notching a goal and two assists in the Provincial Women's Hockey League gold medal game.  She was also on the PWHL silver medalist team in 2008.

She is a native of Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada.

The Bears open the season by playing in the newly renovated Maxcy Ice Arena on Nov. 2 against Saint Michael's College at 2:30 p.m.