Clarkson University men’s hockey coach Casey Jones and St. Lawrence University men’s hockey coach Brent Brekke both filled out their staffs Tuesday morning by hiring assistant coaches.
The assistant coach Jones replaced was Brekke, who left Clarkson last month when he was hired by SLU to replace Mark Morris, who was let go at the end of the season.
Jones is replacing Brekke with American International College associate head coach Mike Towns.
When Morris was dismissed his assistants, Mike Hurlbut and Matt Deschamps, were also let go. Brekke is replacing them with Bentley assistant coach Ben Murphy and Holy Cross assistant coach Tommy Hill.
Towns spent five years working at AIC and helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the Atlantic Hockey tournament title and also an upset win over top-ranked St. Cloud State in the NCAA Tournament last season.
“Mike’s body of work and reputation aligns him perfectly with how we want to conduct our business,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said in a statement. “Ultimately every successful program starts with the people you have and the relationships you build. Our athletes will benefit form Mike’s addition to our staff.”
Towns had been the recruiting coordinator at AIC since the 2016-17 season. He also worked with the team’s forwards and was in charge of video and statistical breakdown and coaching the power play.
He is a graduate of Adrian College where he played for former Clarkson assistant and current Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty.
SLU’s Murphy spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Bentley, where he was the recruiting coordinator at Bentley and also spent time as an assistant coach at Division III Castleton.
He played college hockey at Maine and appeared in the 2002 and 2005 national championship games and was a teammate of Ogdensburg native and current Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.
Hill was an assistant coach at Holy Cross last season. The previous five years he was the director of hockey operations at Miami and Brekke was an assistant coach there at the time.
Last year Hill was the co-recruiting coordinator and also was in charge of academic and compliance coordination as well as team video and pre-scouting.
He played collegiate at Ferris State and competed in the national championship game in 20012.
“We are excited to add two quality people to our coaching staff,” Brekke said in a statement. “Ben and Tommy are passionate and driven coaches and teachers of the game.”