The NHLCA Female Coaches Development Program is an initiative that aims to women in several areas including skills development, leadership strategies, communication tactics, networking, and career advancement opportunities.
Meet some of the coaches in the NHLCA Female Coaches Development Program below, and check back throughout March 2021 as we continue to profile all of the women in the program…
Director & Head Coach, Arapahoe Ice Hockey | NHL Female Ambassador, Colorado Avalanche
Michele Amidon has enjoyed a unique career in ice hockey, serving and excelling at just about every level possible. She is a member of the Kingswood Oxford (HS) Hall of Fame and a KO Woman in Sport Award recipient for her dedication and hard work as a coach, mentor and role model for young girls and women. Amidon attended St. Lawrence University, where she played soccer and hockey. A three-time MVP in hockey, she was voted ECAC Rookie and Player of the Year in hockey, was named the ECAC Most Valuable Player as a junior, and was tapped for the ECAC All-Star Team as a senior. She was inducted into the St. Lawrence Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. A 1994 graduate of St. Lawrence University, Amidon was a four-year letter winner and three-year captain of the SLU women’s ice hockey team.
A former U.S. Women’s National Team player, Amidon spent nine seasons (1998-2006) as the highly successful coach of the Bowdoin College women’s ice hockey team prior to joining USA Hockey’s national office staff. Bowdoin began its rise to national prominence during the 2001-02 season, a year in which Amidon guided the Polar Bears to a school-record 23 victories, the NESCAC championship and the school’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. For her efforts, she was honored as the NESCAC Coach of the Year. The 2002-03 campaign brought even more success, as Amidon guided Bowdoin back to the NCAA tournament and a third-place national finish. That year, she was named both the NCAA Division III Coach of the Year by the American Hockey Coaches Association and the NESCAC Coach of the Year.Amidon also has coaching experience at the international level, having served as assistant coach with the U.S. National Women’s 22 & Under Team that competed in the 1999 Christmas Cup in Fussen, Germany. In addition, she has been involved as a head coach and Director of USA Hockey’s Player Development Camps for more than a decade.
Amidon has a multitude of international playing experience on her resume, including winning a silver medal as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 1992 IIHF World Women’s Championship. Amidon began her duties as USA Hockey’s first-ever director of women’s hockey and General Manager of the Women’s National and Olympic Teams in August 2006. In early 2008, after Amidon had been in her role with the National Governing Body for just a year and a half, Team
USA captured gold medals at both the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s U18 Championship and the IIHF World Women’s Championship. Then, at the 2008 Women’s Four Nations Cup, Team USA earned its first championship since 2003. In 2009, both the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team and the U.S. Women’s National Team successfully defended their World titles. Her tenure culminated at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where she oversaw the women’s team as it garnered the silver medal. Amidon also served as a member of the IIHF Women’s Committee from 2008-2012. Post the Vancouver Olympics Amidon jumped at the opportunity to become a regional manager of the American Development Model for USA Hockey in August 2010. In this role, Amidon helped to provide a blueprint for optimal athlete development focusing on age-appropriate training utilizing long-term athlete development principles.
Amidon is currently a Female Hockey Advisory Committee Member for the NHL & NHLPA, the NHL Female Ambassador for the Colorado Avalanche, The Community Relations Specialist for South Suburban’s Sports Complex and the 8U Director for Arapahoe Hockey Association. Most recently, Amidon spent 3 years as the first-ever Executive Director of the Boulder Hockey Club.
Amidon resides in Denver, CO with her wife Suzanne and their twin boys, Mason and Ryder.
Manager, Diversity Development and Sled Hockey, Lightning Made
Kristen Bowness graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in physical education. During her time at UA, she played for the women’s hockey team for 3 seasons and earned her masters degree in Sport Management and Athletic Administration. After graduation, she taught physical education for 6 years and was awarded Rookie Teacher of the Year for Arizona. Bowness was the manager of diversity development and sled hockey for the Tampa Bay Lightning for 5 seasons where created, managed and coached various levels of girls hockey throughout Tampa Bay Area. She coached sled hockey teams and won 3 national championships while helping to establish Southeast region girls and sled hockey leagues with 6+ teams in each. She is a USA level 4 coach.
Performance Specialist & Goalie Coach, Florida Alliance
Dr. Lorenda Beuker is a goaltending expert with coaching experience amassed from international playing experience, NCAA collegiate coaching, and academic study in both sports science and sports performance. Lorenda is from Saskatchewan, Canada and played for Team Canada in the 1999 Three Nations Cup (now the Four Nations Cup) and debuted with Team Canada playing in the 1999 U22 Christmas Cup in Germany. Lorenda trained as a high performance athlete under Team Canada coaches at the Calgary Olympic Oval while obtaining her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary in Kinesiology. She took on a coaching role after her playing career, coaching at Princeton University and St. Lawrence University. Lorenda pursued her Master of Business Administration at Clarkson University while initiating her entrepreneurship ventures in business consulting. Lorenda completed her terminal degree, Doctor of Education in Sports Management, with research on junior executive membership marketing for private golf courses. Dr. Beuker is currently an online lecturer for State University of New York at Canton, NY and Keiser University (West Palm Beach, FL) teaching courses in Sports Management and Health & Human Performance. Lorenda now resides in Juno Beach, FL and became a US citizen after residing in the US since 2000. Lorenda has now jumped into working with USA Hockey as a Goalie Development Leader and Athlete Development Coach for the Florida Alliance Girls U12,U14, U16, U19 teams. Lorenda was a key founder in developing the Florida Alliance girls programs from their initiation in 2018. Dr. Beuker is the author of Goalies Rule the World, which is a positioning and mindset framework for goalies to isolate key areas for puck stopping ease and consistency. Lorenda also works with individual athletes on sports psychology for peak performance.
Assistant Coach, University of Minnesota Women’s Hockey
Bethany Brausen is the assistant women’s hockey coach at the University of Minnesota. The 2020-21 season marks Bethany Brausen’s fifth year as an assistant coach for the Gophers. Brausen, a native of Little Canada, Minn., joined the coaching staff in 2016-17 after competing for the Gophers from 2010-11 to 2013-14. Bethany is responsible for recruitment as well as on and off-ice development with student athletes. In addition, Bethany serves as the academic coordinator within the program, and oversees logistics for the incoming players.
Bethany has a background in psychology, earning a bachelor’s degree of psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2014. She is also trained in mental health counseling, earning a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 2017. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Organizational Leadership Policy & Development. She is passionate in the fields of organizational leadership, sports coaching, executive coaching, counseling and teaching.
Head Coach, U15 Pembia Valley AAA Hawks
Christine is the current Head Coach of the Pembina Valley U15 AAA Female Hawks, her third season with the team. She joined the program as an Assistant Coach in 2018-2019 when they won the Provincial Championship in Manitoba. Following her year as an assistant, Christine led the program as Head Coach into their first single-rostered season, establishing them in a league in 2019-2020. Before Pembina Valley, Christine was Head Coach for the Assiniboine Park Rangers Female Bantam AA team in 2017-2018. As well she has coached the Girls of the North AAA Spring program for 10 years. Bumstead comes from a background of more than 13 years of skills coaching with Northwestern Hockey Sports Camp and Jets Hockey Development. Christine balances her coaching duties with her career as a sixth-grade teacher in Morden, Manitoba.
Lead Assistant Coach, Ryerson Rams Men's Hockey
Kori Cheverie joined the men’s hockey coaching staff as a full-time assistant in August 2016.
Cheverie became the first female to be named a full-time assistant with a men’s hockey program in U SPORTS history.
In 2019 Cheverie was on the coaching staff for the gold medal winning U18 Canadian national team at the U18 World Championship in Japan. She was also the gold medal winning head coach of Team Ontario at the 2019 National Women’s U18 Championship.
Cheverie led the U18 Team Ontario squad at the 2019 national championship in Manitoba. In early 2020, she continued her work with Hockey Canada staff at the West Coast Rivalry Series.
History was made again by Cheverie on November 1, 2019 when she stepped in to coach the Rams to a 2-1 victory over Laurentian. In Head Coach Duco’s temporary absence, Cheverie was the first female to individually coach a men’s U SPORTS hockey team to a win. She helped Ryerson finish the 2019-20 season with a 20-5-3 record.
Prior to joining the men’s team, Cheverie spent three years at Ryerson as the Skate Training Specialist, working with the Rams hockey teams and external clients on stride mechanics and enhancing all around hockey skills.
Cheverie played six seasons in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) with the Toronto Furies. Prior to that, Cheverie was a three-time AUS first-team all-star, team captain, Academic All-Canadian, and two-time female athlete of the year when she played at St. Mary’s University in Halifax.
Head Coach, Laurentian University Women's Hockey
Stacey Colarossi enters her eighth season as the Head Coach of the Voyageurs Women’s Hockey Program, leading the team since its inaugural 2013-2014 season.
Colarossi brings a wealth of knowledge to the Voyageurs with over 15 years of coaching and instructional experience spread across the provincial, national, international, and university levels. Prior to becoming the founding women’s hockey coach at Laurentian, the Georgetown, Ontario native honed her craft as the lead Associate Coach of the York University Women’s Hockey Program for nine seasons.
She has had extensive involvement with the OWHA High Performance Program as an Assistant Coach for Team Ontario U18, making appearances at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Surrey, British Columbia in 2009 and Napanee, Ontario in 2010 and taking home a silver medal at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Head Coach for the U SPORTS Women’s Hockey All-Star Team at the annual Hockey Canada Summer Showcase in Calgary, Alberta from 2017-2019 has also experienced success on the international stage. Colarossi won a gold medal as an Assistant Coach for Team Canada at the 2011 FISU Winter World University Games in Erzurum, Turkey and led Canada to a silver medal finish as the Head Coach at the 2019 event in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
Colarossi is Hockey Canada High Performance 2 certified and is currently completing the Hockey Canada Women Master Coach Developer program. She is highly regarded in the elite hockey community and is a tremendous asset to Laurentian University and the Voyageur athletics community.
Head Coach, Blake High School | Co-Founder, Forte Performance
Whitney Colbert has been named head coach of the girls’ hockey program at The Blake School, a powerhouse in the sport.
Colbert has been an assistant coach with the Chinese national Olympic women’s hockey team. Before that, she spent a combined five seasons as an assistant coach at Division I Union and Division III Connecticut College.
Colbert played high school hockey at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., before playing four years at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. She has a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Trinity and a masters in sports leadership from Northeastern University.
Assistant Coach, Arizona Kachinas U14 A Team
Coach Jess Conlon grew up in Anchorage, Alaska playing hockey on the ponds. She moved when she was 11 to Scottsdale, where she played for the Arizona Selects. Jess has played at various rinks and organizations around the valley, including the Arizona Runners in Peoria, AHSHA Division II at the Ice Den, and Arizona Premier at Arcadia. Jess attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth and played ACHA Division II for the Bulldogs, where she took on the role of Assistant Captain and Volunteer Coordinator of the team. Jess and the Bulldogs won the title of ACHA DII National Champions in 2016. She graduated UMD in 2019.
Jess developed her passion for coaching while in college, where she worked with local Duluth teams to develop their preseason skills. She chose a minor in Hockey Coaching studies at UMD and went on to assistant coach UMD’s Mens ACHA Division II team, while also playing for her women’s team during her senior year.
Coach Jess is most excited about helping grow the game of hockey here in the desert. She takes pride in helping her players develop and showing them how to succeed on and off the ice.
Assistant Coach, Harvard University Women's Hockey
Sydney Daniels was added to the women’s ice hockey staff in May of 2018. Daniels joined the staff one year removed from graduation after playing with the NWHL’s Boston Pride for the 2017-18 season. Daniels enters her fourth season with the program in 2021-22.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020-21 ice hockey season was canceled by the Ivy League.
In her second season with the Crimson, Daniels coached the forward contingent that led Harvard to an 18-14-1 overall record and 15-6-1 ECAC Hockey mark. Under her guidance, Dominique Petrie received Second Team All-ECAC and All-Ivy Honors while Kristin Della Rovere was named Third Team All-ECAC and Honorable Mention All-Ivy. Della Rovere led the team in points (37) and goals (22), a mark putting her top-15 in the nation and the most for a Harvard player since 2014-15 (Mary Parker – 39) and 2012-13 (Jillian Dempsey – 24), respectively. Petire totaled 23 assists through 28 games, the most for a Harvard player since 2014-15 (Samantha Reber – 25) and ranked top-15 in the nation in assists per game.
During the 2018-19 season, Daniels guided the defensive effort that saw rookie Kyra Willoughby recognized as an All-Ivy Honorable Mention. Her role helped the team to a 12-15-5 overall record and a sixth place 9-9-4 mark in ECAC Hockey.
“We are thrilled to have Sydney officially back in the program,” said head coach Katey Stone. “Her passion for the game and commitment to Harvard Hockey is infectious. There is no better place for one of our own to start her college coaching career than back in Cambridge. Sydney’s first-hand knowledge of Harvard College and the inner workings of our program, made her a natural choice.”
Daniels returned to Cambridge shortly after completing an impressive career in a Crimson jersey. In her four-year tenure, Daniels collected 87 points on 59 goals and 28 assists and finished her career with a plus-48 rating. She ranks 33rd on the all-time points list and 15th on the all-time goals list. She was a three-time All-Ivy honoree, served as team captain during her senior season, was a two-time ECAC All-Academic selection and was a member of the 2015 Frozen Four team.
(Daniels’ player bio)
“I was humbled and honored every time I put on the crimson jersey, as I return—I am just as humbled to be able to represent this place and program that I love so much, this time, as a coach.”
In her one year stint with the Boston Pride, Daniels appeared in seven games tallying four goals and two assists for six points and was plus-two on the season.
Prior to Harvard, Daniels attended Westminster High School where she earned four varsity letters in ice hockey. She helped lead Westminster to four Founders League Championships, back-to-back New England Championships, was a two-time MVP and served as team captain during her senior season. The Southwick, Mass. native also captained the U19 Assabet Valley team that won three national championships. Daniels twice competed on the Team USA U18 squad, helping the red, white and blue to a gold medal in 2011 and silver in 2012 at the U18 World Championships. Her father, Scott Daniels, competed in the NHL for the Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils.
Daniels graduated from Harvard in 2017 with a degree in psychology and was a member of Leverett House.
Amy de Bree
Video Coordinator, UBC Women’s Hockey | Owner and Operator – Women in Sport Speaker Series and Athlete Transitions
For more than 20 years, Amy de Bree has been learning and teaching the game of hockey and the skills it requires. Her coaching career started on the skills side of the game with a strong focus in power skating and then when her playing career ended, she made the shift to team coaching. Amy is currently the Video Coordinator for the UBC Women’s Varsity Hockey team and is in her tenth season of coaching Co-ed Youth Hockey with the Vancouver Thunderbirds Minor Hockey Association.
Amy holds a Master of Education in Coaching Studies for the University of Victoria. It is through this Master’s program that she created her website athletetransitions.ca, which is a website dedicated to helping athletes prepare for and navigate their way through the transition away from competitive sport.
Amy is also the founder of the Women in Sport Speaker Series, which is a platform used to elevate the voices of women working in all aspects of sport. She is a strong advocate for creating equal opportunities and accessibility for women in sport.
In addition to her coaching, Amy is a High School Home Economics Teacher, the Camps and Clinics Programmer for the Vancouver Thunderbirds, and an Executive Director for the UBC Women’s Hockey Alumni Association.
– 2020 BFL Female Coach of the Year for BC
– 2019 Team BC U18 Women’s Nationals – Assistant Coach
– 2017 Female Aboriginal Team BC – Head Coach – Bronze Medal
– 2012 U16 BC Winter Games – Head Coach – Silver Medal
Assistant Coach, Ice Hockey in Harlem
Tatiana is an Associate Consultant at Community Resource Exchange (CRE), a nonprofit consulting firm, where she supports a full range of client work but has a particular focus on Strategic Planning, Risk Management, Board Development, Leadership and Professional Development, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Prior to joining CRE, Tatiana served as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year at a middle school in East Harlem teaching sixth grade Language Arts. Tatiana has gone on to sit on the City Year Alumni Board as the co-chair of the Corps Support Committee. Additionally, Tatiana was a Political Affairs Intern on the Hillary for America Campaign in 2016, where she assisted the National Political Director in connecting local grassroots political organizations with local representatives, and with the campaign. Tatiana has also held internships with Credit Suisse, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and with Teach for America. Tatiana grew up in Nassau, Bahamas, and has a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Sociology and International Relations from Barnard College of Columbia University. She speaks fluent French, holds a USA Hockey Level 3 Coaching Certification, loves running marathons, and spending time with friends and family. In addition to sitting on the City Year and Ice Hockey in Harlem Boards, Tatiana also sits on the Associate Board of the Urban Resource Institute.
3x Olympic Medalist, 2018 Olympic Champion, 7x World Champion, USA Women's National Hockey Team Captain
A native of Danvers, Massachusetts, Duggan has achieved sustained success at all levels of her hockey career in international and collegiate play. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin (Biology) where she won 3 NCAA Championships, led the nation in scoring her senior year which was a precursor to her sustained success with Team USA.
During her Team USA career, Duggan has won 3 Olympic medals, including the first Olympic Gold in 20 years in February 2018 at PyeongChang, South Korea where she led the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team as the Captain. A member of the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2007, she additionally has won 7 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships which is tied for 3rd most won all-time.
Professionally, she has been a 3-time All-Star in the two different women’s leagues in the U.S. (NWHL) and Canada (CWHL), a 2-time Clarkson Cup champion while playing for the Boston Blades of the CWHL and a two-time Isobel Cup finalist while playing in the NWHL for the Buffalo Beauts & Boston Pride. In 2019-20, she was a member of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association and the U.S. Women’s National program while on maternity leave.
In the Spring of 2018, she became a member of the Athlete Advisory Panel of the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) for two years and in 2020, Duggan was voted onto the WSF Board of Trustees. In the Summer of 2020, she became a member of the National Hockey League’s Player Inclusion Committee serving with active and retired NHL players and women’s hockey players. Meghan additionally holds board seats with USA Hockey and is a founding member of the Athlete x Impact Athlete Council.
Video Coach, Hershey Bears
Emily joined the Hershey Bears in November 2020 as their Video Coach after working at the University of Wisconsin in a similar role from 2015-2020.
With the Badgers, Engel-Natzke worked with both the men’s and women’s hockey teams from 2015-17, and exclusively with the men’s team from 2017-20. The native of Fort Collins, Colorado assisted the coaching staff by producing game-by-game video breakdowns and opponent pre-scouts, while also creating video content for players, recruits, and alumni. As a member of the women’s coaching staff, she helped the Badgers to regular season and WCHA tournament titles in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Engel-Natzke also started working with USA Hockey in 2013, and served as the video coach for USA Hockey’s U18 and Senior Women’s National Teams. She was part of the World Championship winning staff for the U18 team in 2018 in Russia, and the 2019 Senior Women’s team in Finland.
Female Hockey Coordinator, Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy
Janelle Forcand joined the True North Youth Foundation in the fall of 2018 as the Female Hockey Coordinator for the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy (WJHA). With over 700 students across 20 schools participating in the program, Janelle is involved with planning and executing on-ice sessions for students from early years to high school. In addition to running on-ice day programming, Janelle works closely with WJHA female players as she manages three female minor hockey teams and is the Head Coach for the U11 female team.
Janelle has over 10 years of experience working as a skating and skill development coach in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Throughout her years she has worked with Canlan Ice sports, various community hockey teams, and the St. James Assiniboia Hockey Academy, which was the first officially licensed Hockey Canada Skills Academy in Canada.
Janelle’s love for hockey was sparked at a young age while playing minor hockey in St. James and later playing four years in the Manitoba Women’s Junior Hockey League. As her playing career came to an end, she found a new passion in coaching. In 2016, Janelle began her coaching journey by becoming the assistant coach with the AA Titans Female U13 team for 2 consecutive years as well as simultaneously assisting with the WJHA U11 A3 boys team. This is where Janelle found a passion for teaching hockey at the grassroots level. Most recently, Janelle coordinated the St. James Minor Hockey Initiation program, which is a 7 week structured, learn-to-play-based program for 5 and 6-year-olds. She enjoys providing a positive experience at the rink for all kids getting involved in the game and introducing the fundamentals skills needed to be successful.
In addition to coaching, Janelle serves on the St. James Assiniboia Minor Hockey Association Board as the Clinic Coordinator. Her role allows her to give back to the hockey community that has given her so much.
Youth & Skill Development Coach
Growing up in Raleigh, NC, Alyssa played at Shattuck St. Mary’s (2010-2014) before competing at Cornell University from 2010-2014. Alyssa was a two-year captain for the Cornell Big Red and was recognized as a 2014 CCM 2nd Team All-American and ECAC Co-Defensive Defenseman of the Year. Upon graduation, she competed with the U.S. Women’s National Team, competing in two Four Nations Cups (2014, 2015). She played professionally for one year in the CWHL, winning a Clarkson Cup in 2015, and played four years in the NWHL for the Boston Pride (2015-2019), winning the Isobel in 2016. Alyssa is now a board member for the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA), an Associate & Skill Development Coach for the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, and the Girls & Women’s Hockey Specialist for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Assistant Coach, Lindenwood University (ACHA)
Frankie Giammona, a proud Long Island Coach, enters her 1st season as the Assistant Coach of the ACHA Lindenwood Lions. Frankie started her developmental coaching career at a sports camp for all boys. She is the first and only female Hockey Director at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac where she was responsible for the program’s growth. Prior to joining Lindenwood, Frankie coached over 2 years with the Islanders Elite hockey program ages 10u through 19u. In the spring of 2020, she graduated from Adelphi University with a Masters in Sports Management. Earlier, she was a member of the SUNY Cortland D3 Women’s Hockey team during her undergraduate studies.
Although she wanted to stay on the east coast, Frankie was determined to keep growing her skills on and off the ice as a Coach. Frankie decided to not let the pandemic hold her back and moved to St Louis to advance her coaching career. Frankie has helped the Lions achieve a number 2 ranking nationally at the ACHA level. Through her hard work and motivation she is helping guide the Lindenwood women’s team to hopefully win a National Championship this season.
Head Coach, University of Ottawa Women’s Hockey
Chelsea Grills is the head coach of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, a member of the RSEQ conference of U SPORTS. Her coaching resume includes intercollegiate national championships in Canada and the USA, as well as an international silver medal with the staff of Team Canada at the 2019 FISU Winter Games.
Grills was named head coach at uOttawa in spring of 2020 following a successful finish to the 2019-20 season which saw her serve as interim head coach. She amassed a record of 10-5-1 after taking over mid-season. Prior to being named head coach, Grills was the lead assistant coach with the Gee-Gees for two seasons, with the team in postseason contention for each of her three years with the team.
Prior to her work at uOttawa, Grills was an assistant at McGill University, Amherst College, and the University of Vermont. During her NCAA playing career at St. Lawrence University, Grills amassed 169 points in 139 games and was team captain. A graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Education, Grills led the Saints to three appearances at the NCAA Frozen Four tournament. She also spent four seasons with Hockey Canada’s U22 national team program, and holds a Hockey Canada Coaching Certification, High Performance 1.
Head Coach, New York Junior Rangers & Town of Oyster Bay
A native of Plainville, MA, Kathy’s first coaching job was at 14 years old as an assistant for a local boys’ 12U travel soccer team. She is looking forward to her third season with the New York Junior Rangers as well as her fourth season with the Town of Oyster Bay and POB Ice Hockey clubs. Prior to that she has acted as an assistant coach for various community and travel organizations. She holds a Level 4 USA Hockey Certification.
A high school league all-star in softball, recognized by King Philip High School and the state of Massachusetts as a top scholar athlete, she thought her involvement in organized sports was over upon graduation. Thankfully, during the 2012 NHL lockout, the local NHL coaches hosted clinics for adults, and she was given a fast-track education into the fundamentals of ice hockey. She has taken that knowledge and used it to grow the sport at the developmental levels ever since.
In her time away from the bench, she is a management consultant, goalie mom, and admirer of Nikola Tesla.
Kathy holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, an MBA from Hofstra University, and is an RYT 500 yoga instructor working diligently to use mindfulness to cultivate hockey IQ.
Assistant Coach, MacEwan University Women’s Hockey
In her 11th season as an assistant coach of the MacEwan University Griffins in 2020-21, Lindsay Inglis has assisted with leading the program to three Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championships. She continues to assist with the Griffins as they make their way into the U Sports league.
Prior to her coaching career, Lindsay played for the University of Alberta Pandas and MacEwan Griffins for two and three years respectively. Lindsay also played three seasons of professional hockey for the Edmonton Chimos/Alberta (WWHL).
While completing her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Alberta, she was named an Academic All-Canadian both years she played for the Pandas. She also holds a Masters of Education in Administration and Leadership. Outside of hockey, Lindsay is a teacher, currently in an Assistant Principal role with Edmonton Public Schools.
Lindsay is also a co-owner of High Tempo hockey, an all-female hockey school and conditioning camp in the Edmonton area.
Lead Skills Instructor, BC Hockey | Founder, Fire and Ice Hockey Development
Whitney Juskiewicz, Founder of Fire and Ice Hockey Development
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, hockey has always been a part of Whitney Juszkiewicz’s life. She was an athlete in the first all-female Hockey Academy at St. Francis Xavier High School, a school known for its prestigious hockey development programs. Whitney played for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Hockey, and for Team Alberta Senior Women’s team in the ESSO Women’s Nationals in 2005.
Now living in Vancouver, BC, Whitney’s career has turned to training and developing athletes to advance their game. She founded Fire and Ice Hockey Development in 2015. Her experience, training, and certification have made her valuable to coaches and athletes, their development, and the game. Whitney has her HP1 Coaching certification and Hockey Canada Skills Instructor and Female Master Coach Developer training.
She was the Program of Excellence Coordinator for BC Hockey (2016-2020) and the Hockey Operations Coordinator for NVMHA (2017-2020). In that time, Whitney acted as Head Coach for several teams, including the Male U15AAA (NVMHA), Female U15AAA (PCAHA), and Female U13AAA(NSFIHA). She was also a Female Coach Mentor with the Vancouver Canucks.
Whitney has been working with Vancouver and Lower Mainland athletes for over ten years. Through her hockey academy, Fire and Ice Hockey Development, she can see a player’s potential and turn their deficiencies into strengths. Her development camps offer a direct and disciplined approach to hockey instruction, and they are a lot of fun too.
Whitney is passionate about hockey. Her goal is to see athletes improve, grow, and succeed, from beginner players to high-performance athletes.
Liz Keady Norton
Associate Head Coach, Boston University Women’s Hockey
Liz Keady Norton, who concluded her third season at Boston University in 2019-20, was elevated to the role of associate head coach in May 2019.
Keady Norton has helped BU average at least three goals per game in each of her three years behind the Terrier bench. Two players – Victoria Bach (2018) and Jesse Compher (2019) – have been named as top-10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award during Keady Norton’s tenure, with both skaters setting new career highs in goals, assists and points.
In just three seasons at BU, six forwards have been selected as Hockey East All-Stars and two players have earned all-rookie honors from the league. In 2019-20, five different forwards either exceeded or matched their career-best point total, with four BU forwards reaching new career highs in goals, assists and points. Eight different Terrier rookie forwards have scored at least 10 points during Keady Norton’s tenure at BU.
Under her tutelage in 2017-18, Bach and Rebecca Leslie had career years. Bach was a First Team All-American and was also one of three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award after she set single-season program records in goals (39) and points (67). Leslie notched a career-high 57 points thanks to 24 goals and 33 assists.
Keady joined the Terriers after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard. While there, Keady coached the Crimson forwards, including 2016-17 All-Ivy League selections Sydney Daniels and Briana Mastel. During the 2015-16 season, Keady helped guide Harvard to six wins over ranked opponents and mentored Daniels and Miye D’Oench to all-conference honors, with D’Oench also being named a New England Division I All-Star.
Prior to her stint with the Crimson, Keady coached one year as an assistant at Union College. Before entering the Division I coaching ranks, she served two seasons as head coach for the girl’s varsity hockey team at Andover High School.
Keady, graduated from Princeton in 2008 with a degree in psychology. Since June 2008, Keady has served as General Manager and Director of Hockey Training at the Institute of Performance & Fitness in North Reading. In this role, she works as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach, developing sport-specific training programs for hockey athletes, including those who play at the Division I level.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Keady scored 79 points on 38 goals and 41 assists in 118 career games as a forward at Princeton. She was named the Tigers’ team MVP and Most Improved Player following the 2004-05 season, scoring a career-high 15 goals. That same season, she earned All-ECAC Hockey Honorable Mention and All-Ivy Second Team accolades as well.
Assistant Coach, Wellesley High School
Jessica Knapp has most recently been coaching at Wellesley High School as a volunteer Assistant Coach. The team has earned the Division 2 State Title for 2018 and 2019. They were crowned Co-Champion for 2020 following a 1-loss season as the game got canceled due to COVID. Working with the Wellesley squad has allowed Jessica to continue to be involved in the game, compete, and give back to future young female leaders. She focuses on personal growth, team building , and supporting players through the recruiting process. Many of her former players have participated in National Development Camps and have gone on to play college hockey.
Jessica earned her coaching certification at age 13 to support the growth of her hometown youth organization. Boulder, Colorado was not exactly a hockey mecca in the 1990s. Her sister and her teammates all joined in and supported a grassroots effort to grow the sport. Coaching followed her to boarding school, where she volunteered with the local hockey programs whenever possible and also worked at various clinics and camps. Following college, she helped out with the Arlington High School team and then found herself coaching club hockey for many years. She has coached females of all different ages from 9-18.
Jessica played hockey, soccer, and lacrosse at Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA, from 1995-1999. She then played hockey at St. Lawrence University from 1999-2003, playing on the 2001 team that reached the final game at the inaugural women’s frozen four. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Education at St. Lawrence. She returned to graduate school for her Master of Business Administration from Boston University in 2010. She currently works for Perkins Eastman, an architecture firm, as a Senior Associate focused on strategic business development.
Head Coach, Acradia University Women's Hockey
Kelsey Koelzer was born and raised in Horsham, PA and has had a passion for hockey since the age of 4. Koelzer was involved in local youth organizations growing up, first playing boys with the Warwick Wildcats before transitioning to girls’ hockey with the Lady Patriots and New Jersey Rockets. She attended Princeton University, majoring in psychology, and was a 4-year varsity, Division 1 hockey player with the Tigers. Captain her senior year, she was Princeton’s first-ever first team All-American, 2-time Patty Kazmaier Top-10 finalist, 2015-2016 Ivy League Player of the Year, and 4-time All-Academic Award winner. Koelzer then became the first African-American hockey player drafted 1st overall in any North American professional hockey league. As a defender for the Metropolitan Riveters, she became an Isobel Cup Champion in 2018 and 2018 NWHL All-Star game Co-MVP. Koelzer is now the Head Women’s Ice Hockey Coach here at Arcadia University, building the program that will be starting league play this fall, in the 2021-2022 NCAA season.
Professional On-ice Skills Coach | U12, U14, U19 Girls Travel Coach, Nashville Jr. Predators & Assistant General Manager, Nolensville Ice Arena
Amanda Sargeant Levesque
Head Coach, Tri City Predators
Born in Brampton, ON, Amanda began playing with the NorthWest Sports at age 3; Chinguacousy Blues at the age of 5 before switching to the Brampton Canadettes at age 7, winning multiple Ontario Provincial Championships. She won the 1992 Citizen’s Award for Sports Achievement from the City of Brampton, just before her family moved to Port Moody, BC. In BC, she transitioned back to integrated PeeWee Rep at Port Moody Amateur Hockey Association (PMAHA) and was named the PMAHA Player of the year for the 1993-94 season. She then moved to Senior AAA Women’s hockey with the Killarney Knights as a 13 year old in an 18+ division earning spots attending multiple Sr. Women’s AAA Canadian National Championships and Hockey Canada camps including playing with Team BC U18 at the 1999 Canada Winter Games.
Amanda earned a full scholarship to St. Lawrence University where she and her team advanced to the Innagural NCAA Div. 1 Frozen Four Tournament in 2001. Despite a disappointing Championship loss to UMD, Amanda scored 2 goals and 1 assist in 3 games, was named to the All Tournament Team and scored the first goal of the Championship Game. She earned other honours during her time at SLU including, SLU Rookie of the Year 1999-00, named to the 2001-02 ECAC All Star team (played Team USA), Lake Placid High Peak Tournament MVP, ECAC All Academic Team and the SLU leading scorer in 2001, 2002, 2003, ECAC All Conference Honourable Mention 2002-03, SLU All-Time leading scorer (broke previous record of 135 career points) and in 2017 she was inducted into the St. Lawrence University Hall of Fame with her 2000-01 teammates and coaches. In her four years, she played 139 games and tallied 142 points (65 Goals, 77 Assists).
After finishing her B.Sc. in Psychology and Sports Exercise Sciences, minoring in Education, Amanda chose to stay at SLU to focus on her education and complete her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. She then taught high school in New Hampshire before moving back to British Columbia. She continues her career as an educator, teaching K-12 mainly as a Special Education teacher.
Amanda started coaching minor hockey with the Tri-City Female Ice Hockey Assocation (TCFIHA) as a Head Coach in 2016 and was named Coach of the Year in 2017. She has coached U7, U9 and U11 as Head coach and was elected to the Board of Directors for the 2020-21 season. She currently serves on the Coaching Committee for TCFIHA and represents TCFIHA on the Pacific Coast Amatuer Hockey Association (PCAHA) Female Development Sub Committee. Amanda also has been a Head Coach with the Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) since 2018 coaching H1, H2 and H3 teams. During Spring hockey Amanda has coached two spring elite development programs, the BC Prospects and BC Jr. Steelers since 2018 and has also coached numerous development programs including Canucks Learn to Play.
Head Coach, MacEwan University Griffins
Finishing up her11th season as head coach of the MacEwan University Griffins, Lindsay McAlpine has led the program to three Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championships, and was on her way to a 4th straight in 19/20. In her tenure with the program, she has been awarded ACAC coach of the year four times.
In 2014-15, and 15/16 she served as head coach of the Australian national women’s hockey team, leading them to gold at the 2B world championships in Spain.
McAlpine is also the co-founder of High Tempo hockey, an all-female hockey school and conditioning camp in the Edmonton area.
Prior to her coaching career, McAlpine starred as a player for the University of Alberta Pandas – helping them capture the then-CIS national championship five times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007). She was named the CIS national women’s hockey player of the year, a first team all-star and playoff MVP in her fifth and final year of university hockey (2006-07). McAlpine also played two seasons of professional hockey for the Edmonton Chimos (WWHL).
While completing Bachelor of Physical Education and Education degrees at Alberta, she was named an Academic All-Canadian in four of her five years. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Sports Sociology with a concentration on varsity women’s ice hockey.
Associate Coach, University of Waterloo Women’s Hockey
Dollee Meigs is in her second season as the Associate Coach of the University of Waterloo Women’s Hockey Team.
Meigs joined the Warriors as a student-athlete in 2017-18, taking the Recreation and Sports Business program while finishing her final year of eligibility as a Warrior during the 2018-19 season.
Since joining the Warriors, Meigs has put a tremendous amount of dedication into her coaching career including the completing of her Development 1 Training, as well as working towards completing her HP1, while learning coaching tactics from various mentors. Meigs has worked with the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA), coaching the highest achieving young female hockey players in Ontario at the Team Ontario Identification and Selection Camps for both U18 and U16 levels.
In addition, Meigs has had the opportunity to coach these first-rate athletes on two occasions at the Ontario Summer Games. Most recently she was the Team Ontario Red Video Coach at the 2019 U18 Women’s Nationals in Manitoba where they won Gold.
Associate Head Coach, Harvard University Women's Hockey
Lee-J Mirasolo was hired as an assistant coach of the Harvard women’s hockey program in June of 2015 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in August of 2018. Mirasolo enters her seventh season with the program in 2021-22.
During her fifth season with the Crimson in 2019-20, Mirasolo oversaw the defensive unit that backstopped Harvard to an 18-14-1 overall record and 15-6-1 ECAC Hockey mark. Under her guidance, senior, co-captain Ali Peper was named a finalist for ECAC Hockey Student Athlete of the Year, Honorable Mention All-Ivy, finished with a plus-12 rating and put up 34 blocked shots throughout the season. Peper ranked third on the team overall and third in the conference among blue liners with 14 assists. Additionally, two of Mirasolo’s blue liners, Kyra Willoughby and Kate Glover raked in 45-plus blocks during the 2019-20 campaign.
For the 2018-19 season, Mirasolo guided the offensive effort, helping the team to a 12-15-5 overall record with a 9-9-4 ECAC Hockey mark. In addition to pushing the number one team in the country to overtime in back-to-back games (Wisconsin), Mirasolo played an integral part in Harvard’s 4-1 victory over her alma mater, No. 7/7 Boston College, in the Beanpot semifinal at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
In 2017-18, Mirasolo helped the Crimson to a 13-16-2 overall record, with a 10-10-2 split in conference play. With eight first years and half as many seniors, multiple athletes received conference recognition. First year Becca Gilmore was named to the All-Ivy Second team, with sophomore Kat Hughes receiving All-Ivy Honorable Mention. First year blue liner Emma Buckles was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team, while 19 members of the Crimson were selected for the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.
The 2015-16 campaign saw the Crimson post a 17-12-3 overall record, including a 12-7-3 mark in ECAC Hockey play. Playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules, Harvard tallied six wins over ranked opponents. Mirasolo worked primarily with the Crimson defense, which ended the season as the seventh-best in the country. Senior blue liner Michelle Picard anchored the group, helping lead the team to seven shutouts, while sophomore Chelsea Ziadie burst onto the scene as a top-line defensive player. Ziadie earned the Joe Bertagna Award, given annually to the program’s most improved player. The Crimson added five victories in 2017, with seniors Sydney Daniels and Briana Mastel bolstering a young roster to earn All-Ivy recognition.
Mirasolo came to Cambridge after spending four years as an assistant coach at Princeton, primarily working with the offense and the penalty-kill unit. During her tenure at Princeton, the Tigers continually improved each season and reached the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals three times. In 2014-15, Princeton had its best season since 2010-11, finishing the year at 15-14-2. The Tigers went 13-8-1 in ECAC Hockey and 7-2-1 in Ivy League play, missing out on a shared Ancient Eight title with Harvard by one point.
Prior to her time in Princeton, Mirasolo spent one year each at UMass Boston and Phillips Academy Andover following an impressive four-year playing career at Boston College. At BC, Mirasolo was a part of two Beanpot Championships, one NCAA tournament appearance, and a Frozen Four showing in 2007. She was named the Eagles’ captain for the 2007-08 campaign, and also was honored that season as BC’s Unsung Hero. Mirasolo also took home the team’s Community Service Award in 2005-06.
A native of Wakefield, Mass., Mirasolo graduated with a degree in communications in 2008. Mirasolo and her wife, Mollie Maguire, currently reside in Woburn, Mass with their son, Gavin.
Head Coach & President, New York Islanders Girls Elite
In 2016 Alexis Moed established the New York Islanders Girls Elite Hockey organization. Inspired by her own experience growing up and playing hockey on Long Island, Alexis developed the program in conjunction with the New York Islanders and the Northwell Health Ice Center. The organization firmly adheres to its motto of “by women, for women” and strives to develop a players path to prep and college hockey opportunity.
The Islanders program is designed to offer a complete hockey experience for their five age levels ranging from 10u through 19u and hosts both team and skills practices, video analysis, off ice training, college advising and sports psychology.
Unique in its design and implementation, the program rapidly grew from two small teams in 2016 to five full teams and a developmental program by the 2020 season. The teams compete at the Tier 1 and Tier 2 level and have graduated several players to strong prep and NCAA programs in its short history.
With a strong core of former women’s college hockey players as coaches, the players are motivated and guided by those with first hand experience. Having player NCAA D1 Hockey at Boston College, Alexis brings her background of having trained and played at the highest collegiate level to all aspects of the organization.
The New York Islanders Girls Elite Hockey organization devotes themselves to teaching life lessons through hockey and the overall growth of the game.
Head Coach, Western University Women’s Hockey
Candice Moxley currently serves as the Head Coach of the Western Mustangs Women’s Hockey team. She took on this position in the summer of 2018. Prior to this, spent a year coaching the Markham Thunder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League where she helped lead the team to the Clarkson Cup.
Candice has also served as Head Coach for Buffalo State Women’s Division III hockey team from 2013 through 2017. During this tenure she transformed the program into a national caliber program. She led the Bengals to the ECAC West playoffs for the first time in six years during her first season behind the bench, and was named ECAC West Coach of the Year. Prior to Buffalo State, Moxley spent two seasons as an assistant coach at The Ohio State and two years as an assistant at Robert Morris in Pittsburgh, both division I programs. She has also worked as a video coach with Hockey Canada’s women’s development and senior teams from 2013-2015. In 2017 was an assistant coach with the Canadian National Development team.
Head Coach, NJ Colonials & Deputy Commissioner / Director of Player Development, NWHL
In December 2019, former NWHL All-Star Michelle Picard was named Deputy Commissioner/Director of Player Development.
Picard’s responsibilities include player development, free agency, game and event schedules, grassroots programs, and building on the league’s relationships with national governing bodies and collegiate hockey programs.
With the U.S. National program, Picard was a member of Team USA that captured silver at the 2014 Olympics and won gold in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2019 at the World Championships. Picard was a team captain as a junior and senior at Harvard. In her senior season, she was named All-Ivy League first team and was an ECAC defender of the year finalist.
She played three seasons in the NWHL with the Riveters, winning the Isobel Cup in 2018 and serving as team captain in 2018-19. She was also the captain of Team NWHL – a collection of top players who played the U.S. Olympic Team in two exhibition games in 2018 – and a recipient of the NWHL Foundation Award for her work in hockey at the grass-roots level.
Picard is Director of Girls’ Hockey with the New Jersey Colonials and is a volunteer coach with Hockey in New Jersey, which provides children the opportunity to play hockey for free.
Head Coach, Team Colorado 14AAA
A native of Bowmanville, ON Canada, Karen Rickard played competitive youth hockey with the Toronto Aeros before accepting a full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin (2004). While at Wisconsin, Rickard received the prestigious Jeff Sauer Award, WCHA Player of the Week (twice), WCHA All-Second Team, Big Ten scholar-athlete, and WCHA All Academic team. She began her coaching career in Dallas, TX with the Dallas Stars Elite while working full time with the Dallas Mavericks (NBA). In 2015 she moved to Denver serving as the Assistant Director and 19U Head Coach for the Colorado Select. Rickard joined Team Colorado in 2017 serving as the Head Coach for the 16U AAA team and the 14U AAA tournament team. A USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach, she has worked at multiple USA Hockey Player Development camps. Along with her degree from Wisconsin, Rickard earned a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University.
Vice President Girls' and Women's, Colorado Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA)
Andrea Rosenthal grew up playing soccer through DIII college, but only watching men’s DI hockey in at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She did not get on the ice as a player until she was in college at 18. Andrea played club hockey through college and began coaching soccer directly after college and “caught the coaching bug”. She got involved coaching at Summit Youth Hockey (SYH) in Summit County Colorado over 10 years ago because she just loved impacting female athletes. Andrea coached everything from our 10U Girls to our 19Us and is currently an assistant coach for the SYH 15 and 12U girls. The mountain communities in Colorado have a unique challenge with girls hockey so Andrea was pushed by some local parents to get involved at the state level. Andrea is currently the VP of Girls’ and Women’s Hockey for Colorado Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA). Having female leaders, coaches and role models as she grew up, they shaped her in every way, so she can attempt to give back and do the same for the next generation.
Head Coach, Grand Canyon University & State Girls' Hockey Representative, Arizona Amateur Hockey Association
Focusing as much on the GCU mission as the competitive spirit of hockey, Natalie Rossi is in her fourth year as the head women’s hockey coach at Grand Canyon University. Rossi brings 20 years of playing and coaching experience to GCU, as well as a love for hockey that is reflected in her work ethic and determined coaching attitude.
Born in Staten Island, New York, and raised in Edison, New Jersey, Rossi grew up playing ice hockey. She played for the New Jersey Rockets, and played at the NCAA Division 3 level at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. Her knowledge of the game was the key to her ability to develop young players.
Upon graduating from SUNY Oswego, Rossi coached at all levels (from U8 to U19) with the New Jersey Rockets. Upon moving to Arizona, Rossi worked with multiple youth associations including AZ Lady Coyotes, Premier and AZ Kachinas.
Currently, Rossi is the state girls’ hockey representative for the Arizona Amateur Hockey Association, allowing her to be the voice of girl’s hockey in the valley. When starting the women’s team at GCU, Rossi began the Blueline Buddies Program, which connects young girls interested in hockey with older players in high school and college (including the Lopes’ players) to foster their excitement for the game.
Rossi has a dual bachelor of arts degree in linguistics and psychology with a minor in athletic coaching from SUNY Oswego and a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northern Arizona University. Rossi currently works in an elementary school as a Speech Language Pathologist.
Associate Head Coach, Holy Cross
Meredith is in her second season as the associate head coach of the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team in 2020-21. She recently served as an assistant coach for the U-18 US Women’s National Team and won a gold medal at the 2020 IIHF World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. She also presented in the 2020 NHL Coaches Association Global Clinic, the first female hockey coach to do so.
Roth came to Holy Cross after serving as the head coach of St. Norbert College’s NCAA Division III women’s ice hockey program for the last four years. She guided the Green Knights to an appearance in the NCHA Championship game in 2016. At St. Norbert, Roth was in charge of all aspects of the program including designing and executing practice and game plans, managing the budget and business operations, developing assistant coaches as well as her student-athletes, and heading recruitment and retention efforts, just to name a few. She also served as a Western Region Representative for the NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Regional Advisory Committee as well as on the American Hockey Coaches Association’s National Issues Committee.
Prior to her time at St. Norbert, Roth had two stints as an assistant coach at Providence College, first from 2006-2010 and then again from 2012-2015. She helped lead the Friars to a Hockey East Regular Season Championship in 2010. Roth also spent time as an assistant coach at Cornell University from 2010-2012 and helped lead the team to two Frozen Four appearances. She got her first coaching job as the head coach of the Shattuck St. Mary’s School’s U-16 team in 2004.
Roth first coached at USA Hockey Player Development camps in 2006 and has been involved in numerous camps ever since. She remains highly involved in the USA Hockey Central District. In addition, Roth coached at the U-18 Select Camp and will served as a U-18 Women’s National Team assistant coach for the 2019-2020 season, which culminated in the IIHF World Championship in January 2020.
As a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Meredith played with the Under-22 team as well as at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in China in 2003.
She is a 2004 graduate of Providence College and earned a bachelor’s degree in social science. She was a four-year member of the women’s ice hockey team and served as an assistant captain and co-captain during her junior and senior seasons. She helped the team to an ECAC East Tournament Championship in 2002 as well as two Hockey East Tournament Championships in 2003 and 2004.
She went on to earn her masters in sports management from the State University of New York – Cortland in 2013.
Assistant Coach, Princeton University
Mel Ruzzi joined the Princeton women’s hockey coaching staff in June 2019.
In her first season, Princeton set a program wins record with 26, reached the ECAC tournament final for the first time and won the ECAC tournament title for the first time. Princeton finished the season with three players ranked in the top 12 in the nation in goals and points per game, with Sarah Filler’s 1.84 points per game and Carly Bullock’s 0.91 goals per game each ranking second in the nation. With 95 goals, Bullock finished her career as the program’s top goal scorer of the 21st century. The ECAC recognized Princeton’s success with both Bullock and Fillier as Best Forward top-three finalists, Fillier as a top-three finalist for Player of the Year, and head coach Cara Morey as one of three finalists for league Coach of the Year. The team qualified for the NCAA quarterfinals, but the event was canceled by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 virus.
Ruzzi began her coaching career at Division III Amherst in 2005, where she acted as an assistant coach for two seasons. From 2007-11 she was an assistant coach at Harvard before returning to her alma mater Providence for six years as associate head coach.
Ruzzi was critical to the turn-around of the Friars program that saw the program return to the national rankings and be one of the most competitive teams in Hockey East. She helped transform the defense from 136 goals allowed to 80 in just two seasons, while also improving the penalty kill from 78.1 percent to 87.1 percent – eighth best in the nation in her final year with the Friars, 2017-18. In addition she coached defender, Whitney Dove, to the Hockey East Rookie of the Year award in 2017.
Her involvement in hockey exceeds the collegiate ranks. She has been involved with USA Hockey since 2006, and is currently one of the coaches for USA Hockey’s Development Camp. In addition, Ruzzi has been the director of the USA Hockey’s multi-district camp for the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Districts since 2017.
A 2003 graduate of Providence, Ruzzi was team captain in 2002-03 and captured Hockey East Honorable Mention honors as well as national all-academic accolades. She helped the Friars to the ECAC Eastern title as a junior and the inaugural Hockey East title in 2003. In her career, she played in 141 games and had 13 goals and 38 assists for 51 points.
Head Coach, New York Junior Rangers
Hockey Coach, Coach Mentor, Analysis
Laura Schuler is in her 19th season in the NCAA and is currently serving as a high-performance coach advisor to the Quinnipiac Bobcat’s Women’s Ice Hockey Program. In addition to her NCAA coaching duties, Schuler also served as the head coach of the Canadian National/Olympic Team from 2015 to 2018, where she led her team to a silver medal finish in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Schuler also spent time as the head coach of the Canadian U18 and U22 Development programs from 2010 to 2014 earning three gold medals and a silver in international play.
No stranger to the international ice sheet, Schuler spent 11 seasons suiting up for the Canadian national team where she helped Team Canada claim a silver medal in the 1998 Nagano Olympics. During her tenure with Team Canada as a player, she won three World Championship titles in 1990, 1992 and 1997; two Pacific Rim Championships in 1995 and 1996; and two 4 Nations Cup titles in 1996 and 1999 as well as a silver medal in the 1997 4 Nations Cup.
Schuler was inducted into the Northeastern University Hall of Fame (2004) for her achievements in the sport of hockey; Schuler helped the Huskies to a 74-24-5 record in four seasons, including four playoff berths. Over her collegiate career, she netted 64 goals and dished 57 assists for a total of 121 points in 99 games played.
Schuler is a graduate of Northeastern University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Cardiovascular Health and Exercise.
Head Coach, Nashville Jr. Predators U19
Kahlie has spent the last 16 seasons coaching girls U19 and boys high school hockey in Nashville, TN. She serves as the director for the Nashville Jr. Predators and as the Girls/Women’s committee chair for the Southern Amateur Hockey Association. Kahlie has a passion for allowing girls to play and train at an elite level while developing female leaders both on and off the ice for collegiate hockey and life beyond.
Head Coach, Harvard University Women's Hockey
Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, joined the Crimson prior to the 1994-95 season. Through her storied career, Stone has laid claim to 494 wins prior to the start of the 2021-22 season, which will mark her 27th at the helm of the program.
Stone has become one of the highest regarded coaches in college hockey, having guided 24 All America selections, six Patty Kazmaier Award winners (the top honor in women’s college hockey) and 13 Olympians. Additionally, she’s led her team to six ECAC Tournament Championships, 11 Beanpot trophies, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances (in the event’s 20-year history), six Frozen Fours, four NCAA Title games and an AWCHA National Championship.
Prior to her time in Sochi, she led the USA to gold at the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championships, where the United States upended Canada, 3-2. Before that, Stone led the Red, White and Blue at the 2012 and 2011 IIHF Women’s World Championships, winning gold and silver respectively. Aside from the success on the World Championships stage, Stone has guided the Americans in five Four Nations Cups, including leading the U.S. to gold in 2008, 2011 and 2012.
Stone has been an integral voice in the sport of women’s hockey. She served as a member of the NCAA Championship committee, the NCAA rules committee, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award selection committee and president of the American Women’s Hockey Coaches Association.
Stone graduated from New Hampshire in 1989 with a degree in physical education. She was a captain and four-year letterwinner in both hockey and lacrosse for the Wildcats. Stone helped the hockey team win ECAC championships in 1986 and 1987 and earned All-ECAC honors in hockey and was a two-time All-America selection in lacrosse. Before coming to Harvard, Stone served as assistant athletic director and coach at Tabor Academy and also had coaching stints at Northfield Mount Hermon and Phillips Exeter Academy.
Her family is deeply rooted in athletics as her father and siblings have all been involved with coaching and education. A native of Watertown, Conn., Stone now resides in Arlington, Mass.
Head Coach, University of Toronto Women's Hockey
A member of Canada’s national women’s hockey program from 1989-2008, Sunohara became the head coach of U of T’s women’s hockey program in 2011-12 after serving two years as the director of women’s hockey at The Hill Academy in Vaughan, Ont. She was previously an assistant coach with the Blues in 2004-05, as well as a camp coach with Hockey Canada’s under-18 and -19 women’s programs.
Sunohara guided the Blues to the 2019-20 OUA McCaw Cup – the program’s first provincial title since 2002-03. She was named both the OUA and U SPORTS coach of the year that season, while also earning OUA female coach of the year honours across all sports.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist served as an assistant captain for seven years with Team Canada before retiring from international competition in 2008. In addition to the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics, Sunohara has represented Canada in several international ice hockey competitions. In total, she won 15 gold and three silver medals as a member of Canada’s national team, finishing her career with 118 points (56 goals and 62 assists) in 164 games.
Sunohara also served as team captain for 10 seasons with the Brampton Canadette-Thunder in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), leading her team to two provincial and one national title.
Sunohara is no stranger to the University of Toronto. After attending Northeastern University on a full athletic scholarship from 1988-90, she played two seasons with the Blues, winning two Ontario Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Association (OWIAA) championship titles and earning rookie of the year honours in 1990-91. Following the conclusion of her hockey career, Sunohara returned to U of T and completed her bachelor’s degree in physical health education.
Former NCAA Coach
Jamie Totten is a former NCAA coach, most recently serving as the head coach for William Smith.
A former All-American at Northeastern University, she spent the previous 13 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut. Totten joined the UConn coaching staff in 2000, helping the Huskies transition from a club team to full varsity status. She served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and defense and special teams coach.
In addition to her work at UConn, Totten served as an assistant coach with the Hockey East All-Star Team that played Team USA prior to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In 2008, she was an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Under-22 team for a three-game series against Canada. A year earlier, Totten worked with the USA Hockey U14 Select Camp in Rochester, N.Y. She coached the Select 16s and 17s in 2007 at the Junior National Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. Totten also has worked numerous USA Hockey camps over the past decade.
A 2000 graduate of Northeastern, Totten earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in cardiopulmonary science with a concentration in exercise physiology.
On the ice, Totten played in a Huskies’ record 141 games during her career, helping her team win three Beanpot titles and the 1996-97 ECAC Championship. As a sophomore, Totten earned all-conference honors, helping Northeastern to a then school record 27 wins. She served as a team captain as a junior and a senior, garnering All-America honors each year in addition to the 1998-99 ECAC Sarah Devens Award for leadership and commitment on and off the ice. Totten is currently 19th on Northeastern’s career assists list.
Head Coach, Quinnipiac University Women's Hockey
Cassandra Turner enters her sixth season as the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey head coach and 12th with the program in the 2020-21 year.
In her first season as head coach, she enjoyed the best season in Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey history, leading the Bobcats to the program’s first ECAC Hockey Regular Season and Tournament Championships. Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey also hosted the first NCAA Tournament Home Game in school history and won 30 games for the first time in program history.
With those 30 wins, Turner set the NCAA Record for wins by a first-year women’s ice hockey head coach at any level.
Her leadership, championship playing experience, international coaching experience and innovative approach to development have played a vital role in the resurgence of the Quinnipiac program.
Turner has re-energized the program’s team culture around an attitude that emphasizes team play, hard work, and a commitment to defensive hockey. In her nine years at Quinnipiac, she has been the leading voice on staff in creating a mindset that values attention to detail, developing great habits, and being “Hard to Play Against.”
Since her arrival at Quinnipiac in 2008, Quinnipiac has won 182 games, with 19 or more in each of her last eight seasons as an assistant coach, associate head coach, and now head coach. The program’s 119 wins and 45 losses, are the fifth most wins and fifth fewest losses in Division I women’s college hockey over the last five years.
As the program’s recruiting coordinator, Turner consistently demonstrated the ability to recruit elite level student-athletes and prepare them to succeed. Over the last nine years, Turner has helped identify and attract 17 All-ECAC Hockey selections, including five First Team honorees and six all-rookie selections. Most notable among them, the program’s only All-American Kelly Babstock, finished her career as a four-time All-ECAC Hockey selection, ECAC Hockey Rookie and Player of the Year in 2010-11, and the program’s all-time scoring leader with 95 goals and 108 assists for 203 points.
Off the ice, Coach Turner led efforts to mentor and push team members in the daily pursuit of excellence. She structured the academic guidance program, created regular goal setting sessions, and consistently worked to enhance mental skills opportunities for Bobcat student-athletes. As a reflection of those efforts, 132 women’s ice hockey student-athletes have been named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team during the past 9 years, highlighted by a program record 22 in 2016-17. Under Turner’s direction, Quinnipiac goaltender Chelsea Laden was awarded ECAC Hockey’s Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year Award as well as ECAC Hockey and Hockey East’s Sarah Devens Award Winner. Defenseman Kristen Tamberg earned the program’s 2nd consecutive Mandi Schwartz Award in 2016.
In addition to her role with the Bobcats, Turner has been a longtime fixture within Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Programs as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. During her playing career, she represented Canada three times on the U-22 National Team from 2001-2003, highlighted by a Gold Medal finish at the 2003 Air Canada Cup. In 2014-15, she served as the Head Coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team through selection, training, and the World Championship. She previously represented her home country as an assistant with the U-18 National Team at the 2011 and 2014 IIHF Women’s U-18 World Championships and with the Women’s Development Team in 2013.
As Team Canada’s U18 Head Coach, Turner led the team to the silver medal at the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Buffalo, New York with current assistant coach Amanda Mazzotta serving as the Goaltending Coach. Turner’s crowning achievement comes on the heels of her gold medal run in the 2014 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Budapest where she helped guide Canada’s U-18 Team to the world title in April 2014.
Much of Turner’s success in coaching reflects her ability to share many of the valuable lessons learned during a playing career where she excelled at the club, university, and international level. She served as an assistant captain for Team Ontario’s gold medal winning 1999 Canada Games team.
Turner put together a decorated playing career at Brown University where she was a two-time captain. Brown was 83-33-12 during her four year career.
After Brown, she played two seasons in the NWHL for the Toronto Aeros Sr. Women’s Hockey Team. She lives in Wallingford, Conn. with her husband Paul, their son, Blake and their daughter, Adilee.
Ashley Van Aggelen
Head Coach, Winnipeg Avros
Ashley is in her tenth season as the Head Coach of the Winnipeg Avros and her eighteenth season as a head coach in Manitoba. She was also just recognized as the 2019-2020 BFL and Hockey Canada High Performance Coach of the Year for Manitoba. Ashley’s coaching career started after she had finished four years (2000-2004) with the University of Manitoba Bison Women’s Hockey Team .
From there, a passionate and driven Ashley entered the MWJHL (Manitoba Women’s Junior Hockey League) where she was the head coach for the Polar Ice for seven years. After several successful seasons, head coach of many All Star Games and two Provincial Championships with the MWJHL, Ashley made the jump and moved into the Provincial U18 AAA program in Winnipeg. Completing her education degree in 2007, Ashley has also spent time coaching in the WWHSHL (Winnipeg Women’s High School Hockey League).
Ashley also joined the U18 Team Manitoba staff as an assistant coach for the squad that traveled to Napanee in 2008 (bronze medal) and Halifax for the Canada Games in 2010. Showing her dedication to the female game in Manitoba, Ashley was selected as the Head Coach for the U18 Provincial Team that travelled to Dawson Creek, B.C. in November of 2012 where they captured silver after losing to Team Ontario in the finals. She is also the first coach in Manitoba selected to head coach the U18 Provincial team three times as she was on the bench with the squad at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. and also competed at the U18 Nationals championships in Quebec City in November of 2017.
It was this commitment to hockey, her own personal successes in sport plus her dedication to her students and time spent coaching High School Athletics (Varsity Basketball, Badminton, Track & Field and Soccer) that won her two nominations for the Manitoba Women of Distinction Award.
Head Coach, Andover High School
Melissa Volk is entering her eighth season as Head Coach with the Andover Huskies (2013-Present). In the off-season, Volk is involved in numerous hockey programs including the Elite League (2011-Present), Os Hockey Training (2008-Present), and Minnesota and USA hockey programs (2011-Present).
Volk was a 2005 graduate of Irondale High School where she was an All-Conference player and Captain. She then graduated from St. Olaf College in 2009 where she played four seasons for the Oles. Volk has her BA in Exercise Science and Business Management and she also has her MS from St. Cloud State University (2011). She enjoys running, house projects, outdoor activities, and most of all being with her family!
Head Coach, Washington Pride U16
A native of Potomac, MD, Kim enters her 9th season with The Pride in 2020-21. She is returning for her 3rd season as Head Coach for the U16s after prior serving as the clubs On-Ice Skills Coach, U14 Major Head Coach, and U14 Minor Head Coach. Kim also previously coached the Landon School Boys’ Varsity team for five seasons, winning a MAPHL Championship in 2016. She has served as Assistant On-Ice Director & On-Ice Skills Coach at USA Hockey Girls’ National Camps in St. Cloud, MN. As a member of the Trinity College (NCAA DIII) women’s ice hockey team, Kim was recognized with 1st Team All-American and NESCAC Player of the Year awards in 2010-2011. A two-year captain, she is the college’s only four-time All-NESCAC recipient, and is the program’s all time leading scorer. Additionally, she was awarded the Trinity Club of Hartford Award, given annually to the top senior female athlete of the college voted on by her fellow athletes. Kim graduated with a BS in Neuroscience, then began her coaching career at the Pomfret School in CT prior to returning home to the Washington D.C. area.
Washington Wild U12 AA Girls, Beginner Director of a co-ed hockey organization & board member, Washington Wild
Jenn Wood has been instrumental in growing girls’ hockey in Washington State since 2009. She has started girls’ programs within three separate organizations and has helped over a thousand girls get their start playing hockey. She has coached kids from beginners through Midget, and is currently coaching the Washington Wild 12UAA. She is also the Beginner Director for Sno-King Amateur Hockey, and is on the board of the all-girls Washington Wild Female Hockey Association. Jenn is the proud mom of a hockey playing daughter and son, and has played herself since childhood.