Brian Wiseman enters his fifth season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan ice hockey team; being named to the position in the summer of 2011. His duties include evaluating and recruiting future players, developing on-ice practice plans and implementing in-game strategies.
Wiseman was a standout center for the Wolverines from 1990-91 to 1993-94. Wiseman returned to Michigan in June 2011 after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach for the American Hockey League's Houston Aeros, a Minnesota Wild affiliate. Wiseman helped the Aeros reach the Calder Cup final after a second-place division finish. He also served as an assistant coach at Princeton University in 2003-04 under head coach Leonard Quesnelle. Wiseman was a video coach for the Dallas Stars in 2002-03 with head coach Dave Tippett and served as the Michigan ice hockey team's administrative assistant in 2000-01 and '01-02. In 166 career games for the Maize and Blue, Wiseman racked up 348 points, which rank third all-time for the program. His 164 assists are second best in U-M annals. Wiseman, an inductee of the U-M Deker Blue Line Club Hall of Fame, is one of just seven U-M players to notch 50 assists in one season (1993-94). Wiseman was a member of U-M's first CCHA regular-season championship team (1991-92) and its first CCHA Tournament winner (1994), and he won a second CCHA regular-season crown in 1993-94. Wiseman's four years at Michigan started the school's streak of 21 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, a national record. His teams reached the 1992 and 1993 Frozen Four. As a senior captain in 1993-94, he led U-M in scoring (19-50-69), was voted a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist, earned All-America first team, and picked up All-CCHA first team recognition. He led off his career by garnering CCHA Rookie of the Year in 1990-91 when he tallied a 25-33-58 line, the second-highest point total by any Wolverine freshman. He was also picked for the CCHA All-Rookie team.
A selection of the New York Rangers in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft (12th round, 257th overall), Wiseman appeared in three NHL games, all with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1996-97. He had six strong seasons between the International Hockey League and the American Hockey League. In 446 career minor league games, he totaled 515 points on 145 goals and 370 assists. In 1998-99, he was the IHL's leading scorer and Most Valuable Player while leading the Aeros to the Turner Cup. He also captained the Aeros in 1999-2000. Wiseman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education.
A native of Chatham, Ontario, Wiseman and his wife, Brandee, reside in Ann Arbor with their two daughters Chloe (16) and Cameron (7).
Alumnus Wiseman Named Assistant Coach (6/10/2011)