Brandt hired as SNC associate coach

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DePere, Wis. – St. Norbert College has announced the hiring of Andy Brandt as the new associate head coach of its men's program. The move was announced on Friday. 

Brandt, who is a Wisconsin native, returns to the Badger State after spending the two and a half years as the head coach and general manager of the ECHL's Atlanta Gladiators. He was also an assistant coach with the Gladiators for the 2013-14 season and into the 2014-15 season before being promoted in one of the organizations he also played in professionally. 

"My family and I are excited and honored to have the opportunity to join such a prestigious program," Brandt said in the school's release. "I was thrilled when the opportunity arose to coach at the collegiate level with St. Norbert and I’m eager to jump in and get started." 

Brandt played seven years of professional hockey, mostly with the Gladiators when they identified themselves under the Gwinnett moniker. He racked up 192 total points in a franchise-record 357 games. Brandt was an assistant captain and team captain during his tenure in Gwinnett. He also played in the AHL for the Lake Erie Monsters, Manitoba Moose and Abbotsford Heat, and with the ECHL's Victoria Salmon Kings. His illustrious professional career came on the heels of a strong collegiate career at Wisconsin, where he was part of the 2006 NCAA championship team and played 130 games for head coach Mike Eaves, who is also in the Division III coaching ranks now at St. Olaf. 

"Andy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to St. Norbert College," St. Norbert head coach Tim Coghlin said in the school's release. "He experienced Division I hockey at its highest level with the national championship at Wisconsin, and most recently completed his time as a player and coach in the ECHL. He has a clear understanding of player development and how to reach the next level."

Brandt is a 2009 graduate of Wisconsin. He replaces longtime assistant and associate coach AJ Aitken, who resigned his position to join his family's retail business in the offseason after aiding the Green Knights to consecutive NCAA championship site appearances. 

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