Brady Leisenring ’98 Brings a World of Experience to The Point
Cardigan Mountain School has announced the appointment of Braden H. Leisenring ’98 to Head Coach of the Varsity Hockey Program.
“We are thrilled that Brady will be returning to Cardigan,” said Head of School Christopher Day P’12,’13. “I cannot imagine a more perfect fit. As an alumnus, he understands the Cardigan Way. On the ice, he brings a world of experience as a professional player and experienced coach.”
After graduating from Cardigan in 1998, Coach Leisenring played in the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNDP) and served as captain of the U.S. Junior National Team in 2001. He remains second in total games played for the USNDP. At the University of Vermont, he captained the Catamounts for three seasons and earned both All-East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) and ECAC All-Academic Team selections.
“Cardigan Mountain School completely changed my life,” said Coach Leisenring. “I was extremely fortunate to have had so many incredible classmates, teammates, teachers, coaches, and mentors. After seeing a few old teachers and meeting new Cardigan faculty members, I knew right away that this is where I am supposed to be.”
Coach Leisenring played professional hockey for a total of nine years in both the American Hockey League (AHL) and teams in Germany, Sweden and Denmark. He most recently worked alongside his Cardigan roommate Tim Graham ’98 at The St. James, a sports, wellness, and entertainment center in Springfield, Virginia, where he served as Director of Hockey Coaching. He has also coached professional hockey with the Atlanta Gladiators of the East Coast Hockey League.
"Cardigan Mountain School completely changed my life. I was extremely fortunate to have had so many incredible classmates, teammates, teachers, coaches, and mentors." Coach Leisenring
“We have a proud tradition of winning while developing hockey players here at Cardigan,” says Cardigan Director of Athletics Ryan Frost. “Brady has experienced that tradition for himself, understands what it’s like to be a multi-sport student-athlete here, and will share his decades of hockey knowledge with our boys. I’m confident his leadership will ensure the continuing success of our program.”
During his ninth-grade year at Cardigan, Coach Leisenring served as captain of the Varsity Soccer, Hockey, and Tennis Teams, and was selected as the Most Valuable Player of each. His leadership extended beyond athletics, and he also served as President of his eighth-grade class and Vice President of his ninth-grade class.
Coach Leisenring will also teach Global Community Initiative (GCI) and Leadership at Cardigan. Cardigan athletic teams compete in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).