Head Coach Brian McCloskey
Brian McCloskey enters his second season with the Blades this year (2016-2017).
McCloskey previously served as Head Coach of the women’s Division I hockey program at the University of New Hampshire from 2002 to 2013. Prior to that he spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach of the University of New Hampshire’s men’s ice hockey team.
McCloskey is a Vancouver, British Columbia native and a 1977 graduate of Dartmouth. He began his collegiate coaching career at Princeton University, where he served as an assistant for two seasons. McCloskey went on to coach at Brown University before taking the assistant coaching position at UNH in 1992. He spent one season coaching at Dartmouth, the 1997-98 season, before returning to UNH through 2013.
“This is an incredible opportunity to work with some of the top female athletes in the sport. I had the opportunity to do that previously at UNH and I’m really looking forward to continuing my work with talented and motivated hockey players,” McCloskey said. “The Blades have a great history in the best women’s hockey league in the world, and it is an honor to participate in carrying that tradition forward.”
Boston Blades defenseman Kacey Bellamy played for McCloskey during her college years and credits him with much of her success.
“The Boston Blades just won the lottery getting Coach McCloskey,” she said. “He is the most knowledgeable on ice coach I have ever had. He has been my mentor since I stepped on the campus of UNH my freshman year and without him I would not be where I am today. His experience and accolades speak volumes, but it is who he is as a person that separates him from his peers.”
Assistant Coach Michael Diamantopoulos
The Boston Blades are pleased to announce the hiring of new assistant coach, Michael Diamantopoulos.
“We are really excited to be adding Mike to our coaching staff,” said GM Krista Patronick. “He brings a lot of defensive zone knowledge and an eagerness to coach at this level. I know he and (Head Coach) Brian McCloskey will work well together on the bench.”
Diamantopoulos has focused his coaching career in women’s ball hockey for the past year, where he has worked with players preparing for national and international tournaments as part of Team USA.
“I’m honored to have to opportunity to coach at this level, and I’m excited to contribute to the team,” he said.
Diamantopoulos is a graduate of Daniel Webster College, where he played Division III college hockey, & Souhegan High School, Division II high school hockey in Nashua, N.H.
General Manager Krista Patronick
General Manager Krista Patronick is in her second season (2016-2017) with the Boston Blades. She previously worked for The Hockey Academy, the parent company of two youth and junior hockey organizations (The New England Stars and Maine Wild). During her time with the Stars and Wild, she worked with the junior organizations on their web site content, social media, and marketing strategies. She also organized adult hockey leagues and youth hockey tournaments.
Patronick is also a personal trainer and a freelance content creator, with experience in writing, editing, photography, and video production.
When she isn’t at the rink, she’s usually in the gym or writing. She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts, Lowell (B.A., English) and Southern New Hampshire University (M.S., Sports Management).
Patronick began volunteering for the Boston Blades in the 2013-2014 season and became general manager in 2015.