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Native Duluthian Laura Bellamy will begin her third season as an assistant coach to UMD bench boss Maura Crowell in 2017-2018.
Bellamy played a crucial role in helping UMD to its biggest turnaround in program history in 2016-17, a 25-7-5 overall record and the Bulldogs first NCAA Quarterfinal game at home since 2010.
The Bulldogs earned 19 WCHA wins in 2016-17, the program's highest since the 2010-11 season, and finished third in the ultra-competitive WCHA (and just three points out of second place). Bellamy also helped UMD back into the national rankings, and the Bulldogs reached as a high as second in both the USCHO.com and USA TODAY/ USA Hockey Magazine national polls for six weeks before resting in fifth in both final season polls. The Bulldogs were also runners-up in the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off tournament to the University of Wisconsin, UMD's first trip back to the tournament's final game since the 2012 season.
In her first season as Bulldog assistant coach, Bellamy was pivotal in helping UMD back to the WCHA Final Face-Off semifinals after the Bulldogs stunned then No. 7 Bemidji State on the road with a sweep in the opening round of the league playoffs. Overall, UMD went 15-21-1 in 2015-16, and owned the nation's fourth strongest strength of schedule.
Under Bellamy's eye, UMD has posted an overall record of 40-28-6, including a WCHA postseason record of 5-2, overseen a Patty Kazmaier Top-3 Finalist (Lara Stalder), as well as 15 WCHA Scholar Athletes and a total of 28 WCHA All-Academic Team members. UMD had two All-Americans in the 2016-17 season (Stalder and Sidney Morin), as well as run on league awards, including 2016-17 Coach of the Year (Crowell), 2016-17 WCHA Player of the Year (Stalder), Defensive Player of the Year (Morin) and WCHA Student Athlete of the Year (Stalder). UMD also had five players placed on All-WCHA Teams, and tacked on a program-record 10 WCHA Scholar Athletes in 2016-17, as well as a program-high 16 WCHA All-Academic Team members.
A 2009 graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School and two-sport star with the Hunters, Bellamy spent two seasons working in that same capacity at her alma mater, Harvard University. In 2014-15, Bellamy was an assistant for a Harvard club that reached the NCAA national title game and finished 27-6-3 overall after going 23-7-4 and securing an NCAA playoff berth the previous winter while Crowell was Harvard's interim head coach. Bellamy enjoyed a rewarding four-year goaltending career (2009-13) with the Crimson, posting a 60-25-7 record, a 1.82 goals against average, a .915 saves percentage and 19 shutouts (the second most in program history) in 95 liftetime appearances. As a senior, she paced the nation in goals against with an average (0.92) and ranked second in saves percentage (.949) en route to landing All-Ivy League first team accolades.
Bellamy, who earned a History and Science degree from Harvard in 2013, started between the pipes for six years while a prep for the Duluth Northern Stars and in 2008-09 was chosen the Let's Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year. She also was a five-year starter and ace of the Hunter softball pitching staff.
Director of Operations
The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey program has added another heavily resumed member to its staff with the hiring of Nicholas Bryant as the new Director of Hockey Operations and Equipment Manager.
Bryant arrives to AMSOIL Arena with a lengthy and unique resume after spending the past two seasons as the Minnesota State University, Mankato Director of Hockey Operations and Equipment Manager for the Mavericks. While in Mankato, Minn., Bryant spent three years as the Director of Operations for the Anthony Ford Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for childhood leukemia and youth scholarships.
In addition to working as the USA Hockey equipment manager this past year for the Under-18 Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minn., Bryant also spent the summer as an intern for the United States Golf Association. A part of the yearly Miracle Ice Fantasy Camp staff in Lake Placid, N.Y., Bryant was the assistant equipment manager for the Minnesota Swarm during the 2015 season.
Bryant is a native of Livonia, Mich., and attended Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, Wisc., where he was a two-sport athlete in hockey and lacrosse. Currently enrolled for his MBA from UMD's School of Business and Economics, Bryant graduated from MSU last May with a degrees in both Business Management and Nonprofit Leadership.