Celeste Brown, a 2015 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, has been named as an assistant women’s ice hockey coach at Connecticut College.
A two-year captain at RIT, Brown led the Tigers with 10 goals in 2014-15, while leading the Tigers to their second straight College Hockey American Championship and first appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament. She also led the Tigers with four game-winning tallies during the year. In 139 career games with the Tigers, Brown tallied 70 career points on 42 goals and 28 assists. She is RIT's Division I career leader with 30 goals and her nine career-game winning tallies are tied for ninth-best all-time at the university.
Brown, who graduated with a degree in sociology/anthropology, was part of a dynamic class. This group won a NCAA Division III National Championship as freshmen in 2012, helped RIT make the successful transition to Division I in 2013 and led the program to back-to-back CHA titles in 2014 and 2015. RIT's seniors finished their four-year career with an impeccable 15-2 record in postseason play.
Brown scored the game-winning goal early in the period that broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the Tigers to their first and only NCAA Championship in 2012. A model of consistency, she scored 12 goals as a freshman, nine in 2012-13, and 11 in 2013-14. In the classroom, Brown was a three-time CHA All-Academic Team selection and in 2014 was named a CHA Academic All-Star for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. She finished her collegiate career with an excellent 3.73 GPA.
After graduating, Brown signed a professional contract to play for the New York Riveters, competing in the inaugural season of play in the National Women’s Hockey League. She made history as the first RIT women’s hockey player to skate in the professional ranks. This season, Brown will continue her professional career in the Nutmeg State skating for the Connecticut Whale.