On Tuesday it was announced that the top three finalists for the women’s hockey head coaching position have been chosen. Current assistant coach Laura Schuler made the cut and is one of the finalists. Schuler has been with UMD for the last seven seasons and has worked with and played on Team Canada’s women’s Olympic team.
Schuler also brings head coaching experience with her, as she spent four years at Northeastern University and one at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Maura Crowell is another finalist for the position and currently serves as associate women’s hockey head coach with Harvard University. Harvard was the runner up for the National Championship this year as they were defeated by Minnesota in the final game.
She served as head coach at Harvard during the 2013-14 campaign. Under her leadership the team finished with a record of 23-7-4, enough to earn them an Ivy League Championship and entry into the NCAA tournament.
The last finalist named was Mike Sisti, who currently serves as head coach for Mercyhurst University and has been the only head coach in their 16-year existence. His team has compiled a 410-108-34 record and 10 NCAA tournament berths. For his efforts, Sisti was named USCHO.com’s Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007.
The Athletic Department expects to have the position filled sometime in the upcoming week.
BY NICOLE BRODZIK