May 16, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio - Former Miami University captain Topher Scott, who served in that role during the 2010-11 campaign.
Kaufman, a native of Shoreview, Minn., will help break down game film, assist in skill development with players and contribute to in-game strategy, among other duties. He will also travel with the team throughout the year.
“Brian was a big part of our program as a player and we’re excited to have him as one of the staff members. I think he’ll bring a lot to the table,” Blasi said. “He’s well-respected and understands the game and the leadership aspect. All of those qualities that he possesses will help our program continue to evolve into a consistent program where we’re playing at a high level.”
Kaufman, a four-year member of the team and three-time letterwinner, captained the 2008-09 Miami squad that became the first team in school history to make the NCAA National Championship game and the first team in program history to reach the NCAA’s Frozen Four. He also was an assistant captain during the 2007-08 campaign, helped the ‘Hawks win their first ever NCAA Tournament game in 2007 and was a member of Miami’s CCHA regular-season championship team in 2005-06 as a freshman.
In his four years at Miami, Kaufman played in 125 games while totaling 84 points on 30 goals and 54 assists, including career bests of 12 goals, 25 assists and 37 points as a junior during the 2007-08 season. The 6-foot-4 forward also earned Miami’s Steve Cady Most Improved Player Award following his sophomore campaign in 2007.
Following his career with the RedHawks, Kaufman signed a professional deal with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League and participated in the team’s training camp before being assigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators in the East Coast Hockey League to start the 2009-10 season. He played 23 games for the Gladiators before being loaned to the Johnstown Chiefs in January for the final 29 games of the year, as he compiled 15 points in 52 games between the two teams. This past season (2010-11), Kaufman played for the Bloomington PrairieThunder of the Central Hockey League, appearing in 19 games and totaling 13 points before his season was cut short due to injury.
Kaufman earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami in 2009 and will begin working towards his master’s degree in business administration this summer while also working with the hockey program.