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Kevin Patrick

Assistant men's hockey coach hired; Burke wins ITA; Kentucky tennis player transfers to UW; Raiola on Rimington list

Men's hockey hires assistant coach

Former Bowling Green State assistant hockey coach Kevin Patrick has been hired as Wisconsin's new men's hockey assistant coach, Badger head coach Mike Eaves announced in a release Tuesday. Patrick, who is replacing recently fired coach Troy Ward, will begin Aug. 23.

"It is a great opportunity to work with the University of Wisconsin hockey program and its history and tradition," Patrick said. "I am very excited for the opportunity to be a part of coach Eaves' staff. I formerly worked with (assistant) coach (Mark) Osiecki so being reunited with him is something I am also very excited about. I enjoyed our first working relationship and look forward to doing that again."

Patrick's duties at BGSU included overseeing the defense, evaluating game tapes, monitoring team academics, scouting and recruiting, and alumni and community relations; a similar portfolio to what Ward maintained with the Badgers. In Patrick's first year, the 2002-03 season, the Falcons won eight games; in 2004-05, they won 16 and earned their first home ice advantage in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in 10 seasons.

Patrick has also served as an assistant coach at Union College, with the Green Bay Gamblers, where he coached alongside Osiecki, and at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass. Patrick is a 1992 graduate of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in pre-professional studies; he holds a master's degree in sports management from Massachusetts received in 1998. He was a defenseman on Notre Dame's hockey team and was captain as a junior and senior. He also played lacrosse for two seasons. Patrick has also coached at the USA Select 16 and USA Select 17 festivals.

Patrick played professional hockey for one year with the New Haven Senators of the American Hockey League, the St. Thomas Wildcats of the CoHL and the Green Bay Ice of the AHA.

"Because of his experience, Kevin will be able to hit the ground running," Eaves said. "He knows the recruiting world. Within three years, his teams have made notable improvements wherever he has been. He is a good match to coach Osiecki and myself and will be a great addition to our coaching staff."

Burke ITA singles champion

Wisconsin junior tennis player Caitlin Burke won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's national summer championships at Indiana's Varsity Tennis Center Tuesday.

A No. 4 seed, Burke defeated No. 2 seed Anna Lubinsky of Texas A&M, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (7) to win.

"I was just able to win most of the big points down the stretch," Burke said. "Those big points make the difference in a close match."

Men's tennis adds Kentucky transfer

Nolan Polley, a former Kentucky tennis player, will join Wisconsin's men's tennis team, head coach Greg Van Emburgh announced last week. Polley will be eligible to play this season.

Polley is a 6-foot sophomore who was the two-time Kentucky high school singles state champion. Van Emburgh was an assistant coach at Kentucky before coming to Wisconsin.

"I am really excited about Nolan coming with me to Wisconsin," Van Emburgh said. "His upside is tremendous and over the next three years he will do some great things. I am ready to get to work with this young team and he will be another major addition to help us reach our potential at UW."

Raiola up for Rimington Trophy

Senior center Donovan Raiola has been named to the Fall 2005 Dave Rimington Trophy Watch List. This award goes to the most outstanding center in the country. Raiola's older brother, Dominic, won the inaugural trophy in 2000 while at Nebraska. The Walter Camp Football Foundation, America Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News determine the winner of the award.

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