#14 Brock Sheahan
Former Notre Dame defenseman Brock Sheahan `08 begins his first season on the Irish coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach, replacing Jason Nightingale who was hired by the Buffalo Sabres in August of 2013 as a hockey data analyst on their coaching staff.
The 29-year old Sheahan returns to Notre Dame after playing professional hockey the past five years. He spent four seasons in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) playing one season with the Wheeling Nailers (2008-09), two seasons with the Cincinnati Cyclones (2009-11) and one with the Ontario (CA) Reign (2012-13). He also played one season in Germany with SC Riessersee (2011-12).
In announcing the newest member of his coaching staff, head coach Jeff Jackson said, ‘Having Brock (Sheahan) as our volunteer coach will be great; it[apos]s always good to have an alumnus of the program return. It will be similar to when T.J. Jindra came back.’
‘As a player, Brock was always willing to pay the price. He had a coaches[apos] mindset from a players[apos] perspective and was always willing to do the little things to be successful. He was a good student when he was playing and we are fortunate to replace Jason Nightingale, who did a great job for us the last two years, with someone like Brock. He will help our defensemen and help us with our leadership group, something he was a part of when he was here.’
A native of Lethbridge, Alta., Sheahan graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in finance from the Mendoza College of Business. He played for the Irish from 2004 to 2008 and was part of Notre Dame[apos]s first CCHA championship team in 2006-07 and first Frozen Four team the following year.
During his Irish career, Sheahan played in 161 games, scoring four goals with 29 assists for 33 points. He collected 107 penalties for 220 minutes. A hard-nosed, tough defensive-minded defenseman, he was one of the leaders on two of the top defensive teams in the nation during his career.
As a junior in `06-[apos]07, he was fourth on the team with a +20 on a squad that led the nation in goals-against average with a 1.63 mark. That team went 32-7-3 on the way to the first CCHA regular-season and Mason Cup championships.
The following year as a senior, Sheahan helped the Irish to the Frozen Four championship game with a 27-16-4 record. The Irish gave up 2.10 goals-per game that year and he led them with a +21. He was selected as the winner of the William Donald Nyrop Award as that team[apos]s top defenseman.
Sheahan got his pro career started with the Wheeling Nailers where he was a teammate of former Irish goaltender David Brown `07. In his second season, he moved to Cincinnati where he spent two years with the Cyclones and in his first season, helped them to their second Kelly Cup championship (ECHL champs). In 2011-12 he played overseas in Germany for the second division team SC Riessersee before he closed his career last year, playing in California with the Ontario Reign (ECHL).
Sheahan is ready to make the move from player to coach and is excited about the chance in front of him this season.
‘I always enjoyed having the chance to work with younger players. I learned a lot from my coach last year in California – Mark Hardy. He coached in the NHL after playing there 15 years. He was a defenseman and I tried to learn as much as I could. That is something that I always did, no matter where I played – just try to pick up different ways to play the game. I have notes that I have taken over the years with drills I liked, things like that,’ says Sheahan.
‘College coaching is something that I want to do and this is the best way for me to do it personally. It[apos]s great to be able to come back and do it at a place that I absolutely love.’Sheahan and his wife, Ashley, a St. Mary[apos]s graduate, reside in South Bend.