Post #109 – 7/12/23 – NCAA Influence

NCAA Coaches Dot USA Hockey and Hockey Canada National Team & Camp Positions 

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USA Hockey And Hockey Canada Tap NCAA Coaching Talent

Of 38 National Team coaching positions announced by USA Hockey and Hockey Canada this week, 16, are current Head or Assistant Coaches at NCAA D-I and D-III schools for this upcoming season.

The US and Canada each announced 3 sets of coaching staffs for their respective Senior, Development or Collegiate, and U18 teams. A roster of each teams staff is listed below. Coaches currently working at NCAA schools are noted as well.

In total, 21 coaches have ties to NCAA women’s programs either as a coach or player. You can see the coaching staff rosters and NCAA affiliations below.

USA Hockey National Women’s Team

  • John Wroblewski, Head Coach
  • Josh Sciba, Assistant Coach (Head Coach, Union College)
  • Shari Dickerman, Assistant Coach, (Assistant Coach, MSU-Mankato)
  • Brent Hill, Assistant Coach, (Assistant Coach, Quinnipiac University)
  • Alli Altmann, Goaltending Coach, (Played at MSU-Mankato)

Hockey Canada National Women’s Team

  • Troy Ryan, Head Coach, (Hockey Canada)
  • Kori Cheverie, Assistant Coach
  • Caroline Ouellette, (played/coached at Univ. MN-Duluth)
  • Courtney Birchard-Kessel, (Assistant Coach, Boston University)
  • Brad Kirkwood, Goaltending Consultant

USA Hockey Collegiate Select Team

  • Chelsea Walkland, Head Coach, (Assistant Coach, Colgate University)
  • Lindsey Berman, Assistant Coach, (Assistant Coach, Northeastern University)
  • Holley Tyng, Assistant Coach, (Head Coach, Colby College)
  • Mackenzie Bruch, Goaltending Coach, (Yale University)

Hockey Canada National Development Team

  • Kori Cheverie, Head Coach
  • Rachel Flanagan, Assistant Coach
  • Noémie Marin, Assistant Coach, (Played at MN-Duluth)
  • Cassandra Turner, Assistant Coach, (Head Coach, Quinnipiac University)
  • Sheldon Goertzen, Goaltending Consultant

USA Hockey U-18 Team

  • Liz Keady-Norton, Head Coach, (Head Coach, Dartmouth College)
  • Brianna Decker, Assistant Coach, (Played at Wisconsin)
  • Meredith Roth, Assistant Coach, (Assistant Coach, College of The Holy Cross)
  • Zoe Hickel, Assistant Coach, (Played at MN-Duluth, Coached at Ohio State)
  • Sanya Sandahl, Goaltending Coach, (Assistant Coach, Aurora University)

Hockey Canada U-18 Team

  • Tara Watchorn, Head Coach, (Head Coach, Boston University)
  • Stefanie McKeough, Assistant Coach, (Played at Wisconsin)
  • Vicky Sunohara, Assistant Coach
  • Haley Irwin, Assistant Coach, (Played at MN-Duluth)
  • Gord Woodhall, Goaltending Coach

Hockey Canada has named additional camp support staff coaches with NCAA ties to help at their National Women’s Team camp. They are ⬇️

  • Doug Derraugh, (Head Coach, Cornell University)
  • Greg Fargo, (Head Coach, Colgate University)
  • Britni Smith, (Head Coach, Syracuse University)

USA Hockey kicks off its National Festival in Lake Placid, NY, August 7-13. Hockey Canada has yet to officially announce its dates and locations.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Hockey Canada chooses to hold them in Ontario this year. Both the US and Canada will play a 3-game series with their respective U-18 and College Select/Development teams in Lake Placid Aug. 16-19. It probably makes a lot more sense financially to bus to LP from Ontario rather than fly everyone from Calgary where Hockey Canada has held these camps in the past.

You can find links to both USA Hockey and Hockey Canada’s national team staff announcements ⬇️

USA Hockey 🇺🇸

Hockey Canada 🇨🇦

Until Next Time Everyone… Be Well and take Care,

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Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College and beginning his 4th season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amateur and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

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