Brandin Cote will be on a new hockey coaching mission this fall.
The former Red Deer coach, who has been with the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos since 2018, will be an associate coach with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies next season.
Cote, an RDC coaching alum, joins another former RDC coach in Mike Babcock, who will be the head coach of the Huskies next year.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join an institution as prestigious as the University of Saskatchewan,” said Cote, who will be the first associate coach in the program’s history.
“This is a team that has a proud tradition of excellence and I can’t wait to get started.”
Babcock will be the head coach on a full-time volunteer basis for the next two seasons.
In addition to his experience with RDC, Cote helped coach Team Alberta to a bronze medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, has worked with Hockey Canada and coached the Bentley Generals to an Allan Cup championship.
He also coached the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs.
Cote, born and raised in Swift Current said it will be a thrill to coach players at the university level in his home province.
“I am a Saskatchewan guy through and through, so the chance to coach student-athletes in my home province is one that I leapt at,” said Cote, who holds a Bachelor’s of Education degree.
“I look forward to moving my family to Saskatoon and engaging with the student-athletes, alumni and fans of a program that has such an outstanding record of success both on and off the ice.”
Former Huskies head coach Dave King and member of the selection committee is excited at the prospect of Cote joining the Huskies.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Brandin brings a unique combination of experience and expertise to the program,” said King.
“This is an exciting time for Huskies hockey and Brandin is poised to help lead the team for years to come.”
As a player, Cote had a seven-year professional hockey career across the American Hockey League, ECHL and professional leagues in Germany, Italy and England.
Cote also played five WHL seasons with the Spokane Chiefs and played under Babcock from 1997-2000.
“Brandin is a great addition to the coaching staff and I am pleased that he will be joining the team,” said Babcock. “I look forward to working with Brandin and helping him along what is an extremely promising career path.”
The 40-year-old will join the Huskies coaching staff on July 1.