Northeastern, Wesleyan Head Coaches Join Johnson to Complete Coaching Staff
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Dave Flint, head women's ice hockey coach at Northeastern University, and Jodi McKenna, head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan University, were today announced as assistant coaches for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. The pair joins Mark Johnson, head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Wisconsin, who was previously named the head coach for Team USA through the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
In addition, the three coaches, who recently guided the U.S. Women's National Team to the gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship, will lead the the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team in its build-up to Vancouver, including during the Qwest Tour that begins in September.
"We're extremely excited to have both Dave Flint and Jodi McKenna join our coaching staff," said Michele Amidon, director of women's hockey for USA Hockey. "They bring a wealth of experience, both with Team USA and their college programs."
After the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team is selected in late August, Team USA will travel to Vancouver for the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup, which will serve as a test event for the Games and will run from Aug. 31-Sept. 6. From there, the 23-player squad and coaching staff will take up residency in Blaine, Minn., for the Sept. 25 start of the Qwest Tour, which features 10 games in nine cities and continues through February 2010. The team will also compete in the 2009 Four Nations Cup from Nov. 2-8 in Finland and will play three games in Canada against the Canadian National Team.
Flint, who recently completed his first season at Northeastern, has spent two years on the staff of the U.S. Women’s National Program. In 2008-09, he was an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s Select Team at the 2008 Women's Four Nations Cup in November, where Team USA took home its first championship since 2003. Then in April, he served in the same role for the U.S. Women's National Team at the IIHF World Women's Championship, where Team USA successfully defended its world title for the first time ever. The 2008-09 season also marked the second year of Flint serving as the goaltending consultant for the entire U.S. Women’s National Program. At last year's world championship, he was on hand as the U.S. brought home its second-ever gold medal.
Before being named Northeastern’s head coach prior to the 2008-09 season, Flint spent five years as head coach at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., where he compiled an 88-15-2 (.848) record. In four seasons as a varsity team under Flint (his first year the program was a club sport), the Hawks won two ECAC East regular season championships and three ECAC Open Tournament championships. Flint was recognized as ECAC East Coach of the Year and a finalist for National Coach of the Year three consecutive seasons from 2006-08.
McKenna, who was also an assistant coach for the U.S. at the 2009 IIHF World Women's Championship, recently finished her second season as the head coach at Wesleyan after spending nine seasons as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University. In her nine seasons with St. Lawrence, she helped the Saints qualify for the NCAA tournament five times, making it to the Frozen Four on each occasion and playing in the title game in 2001.
A 1998 graduate of Brown University, McKenna played four seasons for the Bears, and helped the team team capture an ECAC regular-season or tournament title three times. She has been involved with USA Hockey Player Development Camps and was an assistant coach at USA Hockey's Women's Under-22 Camp last summer and at the USA Hockey Women's Holiday Camp in December. This summer, she will serve as the on-ice direct for the USA Hockey Girls' Select 14 Player Development Camp.
photos Janos Schmidt