Press Box

For Immediate Release



EAST LANSING, Mich. â€Ã‚“ Michigan State headhockey coach Rick Comley has named Brian Renfrew as his new assistant hockeycoach, starting April 1. At MSU, Renfrew will be responsible for working withthe goaltenders and defensemen. He also will be directly involved withrecruiting and all day-to-day operations of the hockey program.


â€Ã‚œBrian has a bright, young hockey mind and theability to work with the goaltenders and defensemen,â€Ã‚ said Comley. â€Ã‚œHe is oneof the up-and-coming coaches. He has had to recruit in difficult places and Ithink with the opportunity to work at a place like MSU, he will just blossom.


â€Ã‚œWith the youth of our goaltenders, I was lookingfor someone who was highly skilled in that area. As teams battle through theseason, goaltending is one area that separates the good teams from the rest.â€Ã‚


Renfrew arrives at MSU after spending the past twoseasons (2001-03) as an assistant coach at Northern Michigan University. AtNMU, he worked directly with the goaltenders and defensemen, and also assistedwith game-day strategy, practice planning, video analysis, recruiting and roadtrip planning. In addition, he was the coordinator of the Wildcat hockeyschool.


â€Ã‚œIâ€Ã‚™m very excited for the opportunity to come to MSUas an assistant coach and be reunited with Rick Comley,â€Ã‚ said Renfrew. â€Ã‚œHe hasset some lofty goals for this program, and I look forward to playing a part inthat. The stature of the University and the Spartan hockey program istremendous. Iâ€Ã‚™m excited to get started, meet the players and get involved inthe day-to-day operations of Spartan hockey.â€Ã‚


Prior to his arrival at NMU, Renfrew served as anassistant coach at Alaska Fairbanks from 2000-01 and as the volunteer assistantcoach in 1999-2000. At UAF, he worked with the goaltenders and defensemen andassisted with all areas of the hockey program. He also served as the PattyCenter Ice Arena manager.


The Fairbanks, Alaska, native played collegiately atWestern Michigan University. The four-year letterwinner (1991-95) was astandout goaltender for the Broncos, setting a WMU record for minutes played ina season (2,356.21) as a senior. He closed his career with the third-lowestgoals-against average (3.17) in Bronco history, in addition to racking up 39career victories. He was a two-time CCHA Defensive Player of the Week selectionand was selected as the MVP of the Great Alaska Face-off Tournament in 1994. Hewas WMUâ€Ã‚™s Most Improved Player in 1993 and earned the teamâ€Ã‚™s Dedication andPerseverance Award in 1995.


Following college, Renfrew participated in theKitimat Cup, a pre-world championship tournament with Team USA. He signed acontract to play professionally in the Dallas Stars organization for Kalamazooof the International Hockey League in 1995, spending time mainly with theJacksonville Lizard Kings. He also saw action with the American Hockey Leagueâ€Ã‚™sAdirondack Redwings and the Dayton Bombers of the East Coast Hockey League.


Renfrew also spent time with the Anchorage Aces ofthe West Coast Hockey League (1997-98), the Alexandria Warthogs of the WesternProfessional League (1998) and the Memphis River Kings of the Central HockeyLeague (1999).


He is an active member of USA Hockey, serving as anassistant coach at the Select 16 Festivals with Team Pacific in 2001 and TeamMichigan in 2002. He also has made presentations at various coaching clinics.Renfrew is a member of the American Hockey Coaches Association.


He earned his bachelorâ€Ã‚™s degree in applied liberalstudies from Western Michigan in June 2000. Renfrew and his wife, Michelle,have two daughters, Brianna (5) and Emily (2).





Releasewritten by Becky Olsen â€Ã‚“ MSU Sports Information

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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director