A familiar face in the New England hockey world, Casey Keselring was hired in April 2013 and will bring his expertise to Lindsay Arena and the tradition-rich men’s ice hockey program at New Hampton School.
A former standout Division I and professional player, Kesselring has been the Head Coach of the Pinkerton Academy (Derry, New Hampshire) hockey team for the last 10 years. He built Pinkerton’s program into a public school power during his tenure, winning state titles in 2009 and 2012.
Kesselring has a knack for developing players. As a club director, he has worked with 20 players currently competing in college hockey. At Pinkerton, he has coached standout players including former Hockey East Player of the Year Paul Thompson (UNH), 2013 NHL Draft prospect Zach Sanford (Junior Islanders), and JD Dudek (Boston College commit). Kesselring was named the New Hampshire Coach of the Year in 2005 and the Hockey Night In Boston Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012.
Kesselring is a fixture in Southern New Hampshire hockey as the owner and operator the New Hampshire Knights, a program of elite spring tournament teams. He is also the Director of the New Hampshire Avalanche, one of the top youth programs in New England.
Current New York Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano believes Kesselring brings impressive credentials to any level of hockey.
"Casey Kesselring is a first-class individual and a first-class citizen," Capuano said. "He's going to be a great asset to the program. The guys will not only be better players but also better people when they leave New Hampton. With his knowledge of the game, tremendous work ethic, and dedication to the sport, Casey will do a tremendous job over the years at New Hampton!"
A former standout at Merrimack College, Kesselring is fourth on the School’s all-time Division-I scoring list. He was a part of the Hockey East All-Rookie team in 1995, his team’s leading scorer in 1997, an assistant captain in 1998, and a Hockey East All Star as a senior.
A native of Kitchener Ontario, Kesselring played his junior hockey for the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox SK before earning a full hockey scholarship to Merrimack. After signing with the Calgary Flames, he spent the next five years playing minor league professional hockey in the ECHL and AHL. In his rookie season, he made the ECHL All-Star Team.