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Providence, Bentley add to hockey coaching staffs

Former Providence player and coach Dave Berard is returning to his alma mater as the Director of Hockey Operations.

Jeff Cox

Providence College has added an alum and former coach to its coaching staff. Nate Leaman announced that David Berard would be the program's new Director of Hockey Operations. The West Warwick, RI native played at Providence before an injury cut short his career.

Berard spent time as an assistant at Providence from 1994-96 and 1998-2011 with two years at Lake Superior in between. Most recently, Berard had been an assistant coach and then the interim head coach at the University of Connecticut.

He did a great job taking over for Bruce Marshall this season, but was ultimately passed up for the permanent position when the Huskies chose to select Boston College associate coach Mike Cavanaugh.

Bentley coach Ryan Soderquist has named Matt Curley an assistant coach. The Madrid, NY native played college hockey at Clarkson before embarking on a brief minor league career.

He got his start in coaching as an assistant with the US National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor before joining the staff of the Indiana Ice in the USHL for this season.

Curley joins Maine alum Ben Murphy on the Falcons staff. Soderquist has elevated the program, but limitations in the budget have hampered further success. Bentley plays at a local rink in Watertown. The coaching staff has done a great job of doing a lot with a little.

Bentley senior-to-be Brett Gensler is the early favorite for Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Year. The St. Charles, Mo. native has tallied 114 points in 108 games played, including 90 the last two seasons.

Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow Jeff on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.