Gopher Hockey head coach Don Lucia has announced two additions to the Maroon & Gold coaching staff with John Hamre joining the program as director of hockey operations and Andy Kent coming aboard as the team’s volunteer goalie coach.
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Kent has been on staff with the Gophers for six-straight NCAA Frozen Four appearances and four NCAA national titles (2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016). Under Kent’s direction, goaltenders Noora Raty and Amanda Leveille earned multiple individual accolades as Raty was named All-American and Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player and Leveille earned WCHA Final Faceoff all-tournament team honors. The Gopher goalies have broken numerous records under his watch as well.
Kent and the Gophers’ coaching staff earned AHCA Division I Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2013 and 2014.
Kent’s experience also includes serving as the goaltending coach for Finland’s women’s national team at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
The Lakeville, Minn., native brings a wealth of coaching experience to his position at the University of Minnesota, using his extensive experience both as a player and as an instructor to develop some of the most effective techniques for developing both young and experienced goaltenders.
Along with his position with the Gophers, Kent has served as the Director of Goalie Development for MEGA Goaltending since 2010. He began coaching with MEGA in 2010, and during his tenure he has also served as the boys' goalie coach at Roseville High School and consulted with various teams, associations, and camps ranging from the youth levels up to professionals.
Augsburg College, Kent’s alma mater, has also benefited from his goaltending instruction as Kent has served as the goaltending coach for the Augsburg College men’s hockey team from 2013 to 2017. Under his watch, Augsburg goalies have received numerous awards, including All-American and all-conference accolades. The team won back-to-back MIAC league championships in 2016 and 2017.
Kent was a four-year letterwinner at Augsburg, playing from 2005-09. During his four seasons playing for the Auggies, he played in 71 games and accumulated a 3.68 goals against average. He is listed among Augsburg's all-time top 10 in career saves (1,407), career save percentage (.879) and career saves per game (29.31). Kent was an All-MIAC honoree in 2007 and was named All-MIAC honorable mention in 2009. He was an assistant captain for the Auggies as a senior in 2008-09.
Kent graduated from Augsburg in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a minor in management information systems. A Minnesota native, Kent graduated from Lakeville High School in 2002.
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