The Huskies open the 2013-14 season at Freitas Ice Forum against the Dutchwomen
A veteran of the hockey ranks with head coaching and professional playing experience, Casey Handrahan is in his third season as an assistant coach at UConn.
Handrahan helped the Huskies reach the WHEA Tournament semifinals for the first time in five years in 2014-15, as UConn won a WHEA playoff series at Maine before making the trip to Hyannis for the first time since 2010. Under his guidance, the UConn power play ranked in the top-half nationally and its penalty kill came in at second in Hockey East. He also helped to mentor goaltender Elaine Chuli to her second-straight WHEA Honorable Mention All Star nod.
During his first year in Storrs in 2013-14, the Huskies posted a six-win improvement from the previous season. In addition to primary responsibilities with the UConn defensemen, Handrahan spearheaded a special teams unit that ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation in penalty kill during the season.
Handrahan came to UConn to join Chris MacKenzie's first staff after spending the prior three seasons as the head coach and assistant athletic director at Neumann University.
Handrahan compiled a 35-36-7 overall record over three years at the helm of the Neumann Knights. In his inaugural season with the Knights the team achieved its highest overall season winning percentage in program history with a 16-7-4 overall record. Under his tutelage, two student-athletes were placed on All-ECAC teams. Handrahan's teams were not only successful on the ice but also in the classroom as 25 student-athletes were placed on all-academic teams over his three years.
Prior to Neumann, Handrahan spent five seasons as a professional hockey player. In 2006, he was an integral part of the Kalamazoo K-Wings defense that won the Turner and Colonial Cup Championships in the United Hockey League. In the 2007-08 season, he was named the Defenseman of the Year with the Bloomington Prairie Thunder of the International Hockey League. In that same season, he was called-up to the American Hockey League for a stint with the Peoria Rivermen. In 2009, Handrahan went back to Kalamazoo and played his final season as a player-assistant.
A native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Handrahan played his collegiate years at Niagara University. In 2004, he made his impact as the team won the CHA Championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. While a Purple Eagle, Handrahan was named to the CHA All-Academic Team twice and received his bachelor's degree in business marketing. Handrahan and his wife, Kelly have two daughters, Madison and Ryley, and a son, Michael.