Olympic silver medalist Kacey Bellamy has been added as an assistant coach to Merrimack’s women’s ice hockey staff.
Bellamy, a graduate of University of New Hampshire, joins Head Coach Erin Hamlen and Assistant Coach Brent Hill on staff. The school is still piecing together its sqaud, which will compete at the Division I level in 2015-2016.
The school announced its first few recruits last week.
Bellamy was part of the United States Women’s National Ice Hockey Team, which captured silver medals in the Olympics in both 2010 and 2014. She also played for the Boston Blades of the CWH. She was a five-time member of the U.S. Women’s National Team for the IIHF World Women’s Championship.
Hamlen and Bellamy already have a working relationship – Hamlen coached Bellamy when she was in college, with the United States National Team, and also with the Blades.
“She has grown to be a leader at every level and, as a two-time Olympian, continues to grow as a player,” Hamlen said. “As a coach, she will bring her elite experience to a young team.”
Bellamy, a defenseman, ranks third all-time in career points at UNH.
“I am honored and thrilled to become part of Merrimack College and the first-ever women’s ice hockey team,” Bellamy said in a statement. “Erin and Brent have done an incredible job and I can’t wait to join their process in forming a successful program.”