Wisconsin's affable assistant coach Kevin Patrick is in his fifth year with the Badger hockey program.
Patrick's time with the Badgers began with a bang during the 2005-06 season. In just his first year on the staff, he helped direct the Badgers to the sixth NCAA championship in school history.
Patrick joined the Badgers from Bowling Green, where he served as an assistant coach from 2002-05. While with the Falcons, he oversaw the team's defense, evaluated game tapes, monitored the team's academic progress, scouted and recruited potential student-athletes throughout North America and worked with alumni and the community. His accomplishments at BGSU include helping the Falcons improve steadily, going from eight wins his first year, to 16 victories his final season; recruiting members of the 2005 CCHA All-Rookie Team; and helping the team earn its first league winning mark in nine years and its first home ice for the CCHA playoffs in 10 seasons.
Prior to his time with the Falcons, Patrick spent four seasons at Union College as an assistant coach. He began his time at Union working with the team's forwards and defensemen, coordinating the team's strength and conditioning program and ordering the team's equipment. Over his final three years, he became the team's recruiting coordinator. Throughout his time with the Skating Dutchmen, he watched the team go from three wins during his first season to 13 in his last season. During his tenure, his recruits were chosen to the 2002 and 2003 ECAC All-Rookie Teams.
Patrick is familiar with part of the UW coaching staff, having served the 1997-98 season as assistant head coach and assistant general manager under current UW assistant coach Mark Osiecki while with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL.
He got his start in coaching from 1993-97 during a four-year stint as assistant coach at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass. The team went 63-21-4 during his stay, qualifying for the New England tournament in 1994, 1995 and 1996. While at Deerfield, he served three years as assistant athletic director and two years as a science teacher.
Patrick graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1992 with a bachelor's of science degree in pre-professional studies. He was a four-year defenseman for the Fighting Irish hockey team, captaining the program during his final two seasons. He also played lacrosse for two seasons, helping Notre Dame qualify for the 1990 NCAA Division I Lacrosse Tournament. He resumed his education and earned a master's degree in sport management from Massachusetts in 1998.
Following his graduation from Notre Dame, Patrick played one season of professional hockey, suiting up for the New Haven Senators of the AHL, the St. Thomas Wildcats of the CoHL and the Green Bay Ice of the AHA. He was selected to the 1993 American Hockey Association All-Star Team.
A former member of the Board of Governors for the American Hockey Coaches Association (2004-06), Patrick now serves as the vice president of convention planning. At USA¿Hockey, he spent 2004 and 2005 coaching at the USA Select 17 Festivals and also coached at the 2002 USA Select 16 Festival.
Married to his wife, Julie, the couple have two sons, James and John.