Bill Downey, who served as the director of hockey operations at Harvard in 2010-11, was named to the same position for both Penn State's men's and women's hockey programs on June 17, 2011.
A former professional hockey player and coach, Downey joined the Harvard staff after two years as an assistant coach with Penn State's club hockey team. With the Icers, Downey was active in recruiting and served as an assistant director of the Penn State Ice Hockey Camps. He also was part of the advisory board that helped with the preparation for Penn State's launch of NCAA hockey.
While coaching Penn State's club team, Downey served as a head coach, scout and instructor for Selects Hockey, which develops high-level youth players from the United States, Canada and Europe. He coached the East Coast and West Coast Selects teams at domestic and international tournaments and organized a six-week clinic in Pittsburgh featuring guest coach Mario Lemieux.
During the 2007-08 season, Downey was an assistant coach for the Reading Royals of the ECHL, assisting in running practice, video analysis, opponent scouting and player development. At the same time, he served as hockey director for Team Comcast and Flyers Skate Zone in Pennsauken, N.J., where he oversaw all hockey programs, clinics and camps and promoted the game in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.
Downey also served as an Atlantic scout for the USHL's Chicago Steel in 2007 and, since 2007, has been involved in the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program. He has organized and instructed at clinics for individuals seeing USA Hockey coaching certification.
As a player, Downey spent parts of four seasons playing for the Johnstown Chiefs, Wheeling Nailers and Reading Royals of the ECHL. He was invited to the 2004-05 Pittsburgh Penguins training camp and also attended the training camp of the Penguins' AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
At Penn State, Downey earned ACHA All-America status and helped the team win three straight national championships. He was also a member of the Team USA for the 2003 World University Games in Tarvisio, Italy.
A 2004 graduate, Downey earned a bachelor's degree in economics. He is a member of the American Hockey Coaches Association and a is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach.