PRINCETON, N.J. (7/3/14) - Princeton head men’s hockey coach Ron Fogarty is pleased to announce the hiring of Brad Dexter as assistant men’s hockey coach and the first member of his coaching staff.
A nine-year assistant coach at Colgate, Dexter brings a wealth of Division I hockey coaching and recruiting experience to the Tigers.
“I am excited that Brad chose to join Princeton hockey and I’m eager to work with him,” Fogarty said. “He will be able to recruit exceptional student-athletes through his existing contacts in amateur and professional hockey. Our players will benefit from his knowledge, teaching skills and approach to the game.”
Dexter, a former All-America hockey player at Colgate, played eight years professionally which concurrently helped to launch his coaching career as he acted as a player-coach for a number of years.
In his nine years at Colgate, Dexter helped the Raiders reach the ECAC championship weekend five times. This past season the team was the runner-up at the ECAC Championship and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In that time he coached two All-Americas and Hobey Baker finalists in David McIntyre and Austin Smith, three Hockey Humanitarian finalists including the 2012 winner Evan Cox. Additionally Dexter coached two ECAC Hockey Players of the Year, four first-team All-ECAC selections, seven second-team picks, three third-team selections and two all-rookie team members.
"I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to join the Princeton hockey family,” Dexter said. “The opportunity to work with Ron and the exceptional student-athletes at Princeton is something that I am really looking forward to.”
The Kingston, Ontario native began is professional playing career in 1996 with the Raleigh IceCaps (ECHL). He scored 40 points in 52 games before being traded to regular-season champion South Carolina. During the Stingrays playoff run, Dexter scored 26 points in 18 games as the team won the inaugural Kelly Cup.
Dexter spent the next three seasons with South Carolina as an assistant captain, recording 186 points in 221 games, and being voted to the ECHL all-star team in 1999 and 2000. He bookended his career with the Stingrays in 2000-01 with another Kelly Cup title.
Dexter gained coaching experience with the South Carolina as he worked as a player-coach from 1999-2001. In that capacity, he served as a liaison between the coaching staff and the players, while also co-hosted a weekly, 30-minute Stingrays TV show.
During the 1999-00 season, Dexter played five games with the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) and three games with the Kansas City Blades (IHL).
He took a pause from his playing career in 2001-02 when he took an assistant coaching position at Clarkson. That year he helped the Golden Knights to a second-place finish in the ECAC with an 11-6-5 league record.
Dexter laced up his skates again in 2002-03 with the Pensacola Ice Pilots (ECHL), acting as assistant captain and playing in all 72 games and collecting 52 points. The following season he played for the Herning Blue Fox of the Danish Elite League, helping the squad to the regular-season championship.
In his final year in pro hockey, Dexter captained the Victoria Salmon Kings (ECHL). He was the team’s second leading scorer with 35 points in 49 games, and was voted to start in the ECHL All-Star Game. While he was sidelined for 23 games with an injury, Dexter filled in as an assistant coach.
As a senior at Colgate, Dexter registered 32 points as a defender, which ranks seventh all-time in program history in points by a defenseman. That same year he captured second-team All-America and first-team All-ECAC honors. He earned second-team all-ECAC honors as a junior, and was named to the all-rookie team his first season. Dexter currently ranks 70th on the all-time scoring list with 85 points in 108 games.
A 1996 graduate of Colgate, Dexter and his wife, Rhea, have two daughters, Mia (6) and Kennedy (4).