ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – University of Alaska Anchorage head hockey coach Matt Curley announced that Matt Bruneteau has joined the program as an assistant coach.
Bruneteau (pronounced brew-KNEE-toe) joins the Seawolves after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Stevenson University (MD). He helped start the program at Stevenson and led the Mustangs to the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship with an 11-8-7 record.
“As an inaugural player of the new WCHA, Matt understands the competitiveness of our league and the challenges that are associated with playing in it,” said Matt Curley. “As a former captain, he brings a sense of leadership and dedication to our program along with the work ethic and responsibility that comes with that position. Fresh off of helping build a successful program from the ground up, I am confident that he will help in our rebuild here at UAA. We are thrilled to be adding Matt to our staff.”
Bruneteau appeared in 146 games as a defenseman at Lake Superior (2010-14) and served as captain of the Lakers. He earned the LSSU Jim Howie Unsung Hero Award three times and was a finalist for the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award.
“I would like to thank Matt Curley and the rest of the athletic staff for giving me the opportunity to become a part of the UAA community,” said Matt Bruneteau. “After talking with Matt about the direction of the program, I am extremely excited to help aid in moving the program in the right direction.”
Bruneteau played professionally for the Fort Wayne Komets and Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL and spent two seasons with the Strasbourg Etoile Noire in Ligue Magnus.
Bruneteau, a WCHA All-Academic Team selection, earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Lake Superior State in 2014.
Alaska Anchorage will host Simon Fraser in an exhibition game on Sept. 28th in Eagle River, before hosting Colorado College in the home and season opener on Oct. 6th.