Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Brooke Whitney excelled in a variety of sports during her youth - ice hockey, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, track and field, softball, and basketball. Brooke played as many sports as she could for as long as she could until the day came for her to decide which to focus on. Although she enjoyed many sports, hockey and softball were her favorite. Brooke played many years of ASA softball, and four years on her state ranked high school team. At the conclusion of high school, she chose to pursue hockey in college.
Brooke grew up playing hockey for the Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association, and the Seattle Junior Hockey Association. Her passion for ice hockey led her east to join the nationally ranked Division I Northeastern University women’s ice hockey team in Boston. Brooke received numerous awards during her hockey career, including the 2002 Patty Kazmaier Award, which is presented to the player voted as the best women’s collegiate hockey player in the nation.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Brooke decided on a career path in the field of athletic administration. She entered the master’s degree program in sports management at the University of Connecticut, where she also accepted a graduate assistant coaching position with the school’s Division I women’s ice hockey team. The following year, Brooke joined the Boston College women’s ice hockey coaching staff as an assistant coach, and completed her graduate degree in sports management. From 2007-2010 Brooke was the Associate Athletic Director and Girls’ Varsity Hockey Coach at Lawrence Academy, a prep high school outside of Boston. She helped manage 55 athletic teams, negotiated facility contracts, and participated in long term planning for the department. While her hockey team consistently reached playoffs, it is worth noting that in her last two years the team reached the NEPSAC Division I finals, and placed second in New England prep hockey both years. During her three-year tenure at Lawrence Academy, more than 15 players continued on to play collegiate hockey at the Division I or Division III level.
Over the last several years, Brooke has coached at local, regional, and national hockey camps. She has worked as a USA Hockey regional evaluator and national camp coach. Many players who were coached by Brooke were selected for USA Hockey and Team Canada Player Development Camps, USA Hockey National Team Camps, and members of the USA Hockey U-18, U-22 and Women's National Teams. Brooke also offers private skating lessons, coaches’ clinics for youth and adult teams, and on ice and off ice programs for hockey associations around North America. In her earlier years, Brooke also coached softball, soccer, hockey, basketball, and roller hockey for youth sports camps.
While Brooke's passion for hockey and sports stems from early childhood, she has also developed a passion for living and promoting a healthy lifestyle. While training at an elite level, Brooke realized first-hand that physical training, nutrition, goal setting, visualizing, proper rest, time management, and self-confidence were necessary for success. Now retired from competitive hockey, Brooke enjoys working with athletes of all ages and abilities. Brooke is also certified in Adult CPR/AED, Pediatric CPR and First Aid.