New Hampton (N.H.) School today announced the hiring of Pinkerton Academy's Casey Kesselring as its new head boys ice hockey coach. Director of Communications Will McCulloch sends along the following release:
NEW HAMPTON, NH. -– A familiar face in the New England hockey world will bring his expertise to Lindsay Arena and the tradition-rich men’s ice hockey program at New Hampton School next season. The School announced on Friday that Casey Kesselring will be the next Head Men’s Ice Hockey Coach for the Huskies. Kesselring will replace four-year head coach Matt Wright, who led the Huskies to a NEPSAC title game in 2011.
A former standout Division-I and professional player, Kesselring has been the Head Coach of the Pinkerton Academy (Derry, New Hampshire) hockey team for the last 10 years. He built Pinkerton’s program into a public school power during his tenure, winning state titles in 2009 and 2012.
“We are extremely lucky to get someone like Casey here at New Hampton School,” Director of Athletics Jamie Arsenault said. “With his knowledge of the game, passion for kids, ties in the hockey community, and enthusiasm for helping young men grow on and off the ice, he’s an ideal fit for New Hampton School. I believe he can help the program achieve great success and create wonderful opportunities for our student-athletes.”
Kesselring has a knack for developing players. As a club director, he has worked with 20 players currently competing in college hockey. At Pinkerton, he has coached standout players including former Hockey East Player of the Year Paul Thompson (UNH), 2013 NHL Draft prospect Zach Sanford (Junior Islanders), and JD Dudek (Boston College commit). Kesselring was named the New Hampshire Coach of the Year in 2005 and the Hockey Night In Boston Coach of the Year in 2009.
“This is a chance to move to a higher level of hockey and put more kids into the college game,” Kesselring said, “I want to build on the tradition here and put my stamp on it. This is a great opportunity for my family to move up here and be a part of community that has great academics and athletics. It made it a good match. I’m looking forward to working with the student-athletes at New Hampton.”
Kesselring is known for producing fundamentally sound players. He thinks players at New Hampton will embrace his coaching style.
“I have certain systems I like to play, but I like to adapt the system to the personnel,” said Kesselring. “I like to have an open door policy with my players. When you get on the ice, we’re very focused. When you’re off the ice, I want to be approachable. I like building relationships with the players.”
Kesselring is a fixture in Southern New Hampshire hockey as the owner and operator the New Hampshire Knights, a program of elite spring tournament teams. He is also the Director of the New Hampshire Avalanche, one of the top youth programs in New England.
A former standout at Merrimack College, Kesselring is fourth on the School’s all-time Division-I scoring list. He was a part of the Hockey East All-Rookie team in 1995, his team’s leading scorer in 1997, an assistant captain in 1998, and a Hockey East All Star as a senior.
A native of Kitchener Ontario, Kesselring played his junior hockey for the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox SK before earning a full hockey scholarship to Merrimack. After signing with the Calgary Flames, he spent the next five years playing minor league professional hockey in the ECHL and AHL. In his rookie season, he made the ECHL All-Star Team.