Adrien Melrose announced as new head coach for CBA – troyrecord

ALBANY, NY – Christian Brothers Academy announced Tuesday that Adrien Melrose will officially take over as head coach of the program in the 2022-23 season.

“The intentions were to always come back to the northeast at some point,” said Melrose, who has been in Florida temporarily. “We started looking at areas and the Capital District was on the top of our list because my wife and I grew up there.”

Melrose, the son of former NHL player, head coach, and analyst Barry Melrose, grew up in Glens Falls and attended Skidmore College as a freshman before making the move to Vermont. Melrose has spent the last five seasons coaching and most recently was the head boys and girls ice hockey coach at Stowe High School in Vermont where he led the girls team to its first state championship and where the boys team finished as state runner up.

“Melrose is a proven head coach with a hockey background and a passion for success. He checks all the boxes when it comes to what we want in the next head hockey coach at CBA,” said CBA Athletic Director Blaine Drescher. “I am excited for our student athletes to have the opportunity to work with Adrien in the coming years.”

Drescher, who has coached the program for the last ten years, made the decision to step back to focus on the athletic program as a whole. With the head coaching role being Drescher’s former one it makes sense that he took great care in finding his replacement.

“We were not only looking for someone who has coaching experience but someone who brings strong character to our program,” said Drescher. “We found that with Adrien. I was excited about what he could bring to our program.”

Drescher continued.

“CBA, especially over the last couple of years, has really done some great things across the board athletically. It’s really challenging to balance being the hockey coach and also being the Director of Athletics for a Class AA program. To be honest, the fact I was able to do it for ten years surprised myself.”

CBA has Mrs. Melrose to thank for pushing the open position in front of Adrien.

“My wife saw the job and she asked if this would be something I would be interested in,” said Melrose. “I know the program, I know the quality of the school, and I thought, ‘Oh my god, I definitely have to apply.'”

Drescher and Melrose have already been working together to make the transition in power to be a smooth one for the young men on the CBA hockey team.

“Blaine has been awesome,” said Melrose. “He laid everything out and pretty much told me how the program works. Answered every question I had. I don’t think I’ll have any problems, he seems like a great boss to work for and wants to provide the tools and everything I need to be successful.”

CBA finished 4-15-2 last season and was in second to last place in the Capital District High School Hockey League but have been a top three finisher for the previous three seasons and played in the CDHSL final four in 2019-20, 2018- 19, and 2017-18. The Brothers graduated last year’s top scorer Cameron James but return Jake Hammond and Mason Famulare who combined for 22 points last year.

“It all comes down to we have to outwork the other teams. You have to outwork them, that’s rule number one,” said Melrose on how his teams will be shaped. “Who’s working harder? Who wants it more? Besides that we will emphasize physicality. I think physical hockey wins, especially at the end of the season, and the two staples of my teams are we are going to work hard and we are going to hit.”

Melrose has not had the chance to introduce himself to his returning players just yet but plans on organizing a meeting soon with the group.

CBA’s schedule is already out and the Melrose era will officially begin on November 23 against Queensbury at the Glens Falls Recreation Center. The CDHSHL play-in games for the 2023 postseason are currently scheduled for February 19.

“I’m very excited to get the job, I just can’t wait to get started,” said Melrose. “There’s talent there. The speeds there. We just need to find a system that utilizes all of that.”

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