Katie King Crowley enters her fifth season as the Boston College women's ice hockey head coach.
The 2010-11 season saw Crowley guide the Eagles to a 24-7-6 mark - tying BC's win record - en route to claiming the first women's Hockey East title in school history. The return of two Vancouver Olympians, goaltender Molly Schaus and forward Kelli Stack, strengthened an already talented lineup and helped propel BC to its second Frozen Four in four seasons. The 4-1 defeat of Minnesota - another first for the program - pitted the fourth-seeded Eagles against defending national champion Wisconsin in the national semifinal, where BC erased a two goal deficit in the third period before a last second goal by the Badgers ended the monumental season. While in Erie, Pa., Boston College celebrated Stack as a top three finalist for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Award, also recognizing Schaus as a top 10 finalist. The night before the Frozen Four Schaus was tabbed a first-team All-American, while Stack earned a second-team All-American honor just weeks after becoming Hockey East's first three-time Player of the Year. Forwards Mary Restuccia and Danielle Welch, as well as defensemen Meagan Mangene joined the captains on the All-Conference squad. The New England All-Star lineup also featured Restuccia, Schaus and Stack - the New England Player of the Year. Hockey East recognized freshman Taylor Wasylk as Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on four occasions, with classmate Melissa Bizzari receiving two mentions. Welch's Pure Hockey Player of the Week award added to Stack's five and Schaus' two as Defensive Player of Week. When all was said and done, Stack and Schaus had combined for five Hockey East Player of the Month accolades.
During her third season, Crowley saw two of her players win silver medals for Team USA at the XXI Vancouver Winter Olympics. Schaus and Stack competed in February 2010, before returning to BC for a final year of collegiate hockey the following year. Back at the Heights, the Eagles finished 8-17-10 on the season. Allie Thunstrom was nominated for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier award, and Kiera Kingston was named Bauer Goaltender of the Month (February). In March, Blake Bolden and Ashley Motherwell earned Hockey Easy All-Rookie Team Honors, while Thunstrom earned Second-Team Honors. Crowley also served as the head coach for Team USA at the 2010 World Women's Under-18 Championships, where her team won silver.
In her second season as head coach, Crowley guided the team to a 22-9-5 overall record, a Beanpot Championship, an appearance in the Hockey East Championship game and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Under her direction two players earned the program's first All-American honors, Schaus became BC's first ever Patty Kazmaier top-10 finalist, three players were named to the New England Hockey Writers All-Star First Team, five players earned spots on All Hockey East team (three first team, one second and one rookie), two Eagles played on the U.S. National and Select Teams and Stack was named Hockey East Player of the Year for the second time. The Eagles record helped earn them their second ever NCAA berth in the quarterfinals where they faced Minnesota for a chance to play in the Frozen Four. Crowley was also involved with USA Hockey as an assistant coach for the U-18 team that won the gold medal at the World Championships in January.
In the 2007-08 season, her first season at the helm, she guided the Eagles to a 14-13-7 record. The team finished one point shy of making the Hockey East tournament for the fourth consecutive year. Crowley coached two Hockey East All-Stars and three Eagles played for the U.S. National Team throughout the season. Before taking over the head coaching position, Crowley was an assistant coach at BC for four years. She helped lead the team from a sub-.500 team to one of the premier programs in Hockey East. In 2006-07, the Eagles played in their first NCAA Tournament, going all the way to the Frozen Four before losing to Minnesota-Duluth in double overtime.
Crowley's playing days include many U.S. victories and medals. She was a member of the 2005-06 Women's National Ice Hockey Team and skated in her third Olympic Games in Torino, Italy where Team USA won the bronze medal. She registered her second Olympic hat trick against Finland in the bronze-medal game. After the 2006 Winter Olympics, Crowley retired from playing hockey with 265 points in 210 international games. She is the all-time leading scorer for Team USA in Olympic contests, and second-highest scorer for the U.S. in all international play.
Crowley was a member of the Women's National Team that won its first-ever gold medal at the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship. As a standing member of the U.S. National Team from 1997 to 2006, she also competed in the Four Nations Cup, World Championship Tournaments and the first three Winter Olympics when women's ice hockey was an official event. Crowley won a gold medal in the 1998 Olympics and a silver medal in the 2002 Games. She took home nine consecutive silver medals in the World Championships (1993-2001) and a gold medal in 2005 with Team USA.
Crowley has worked with many national teams. The Eagles skipper was named head coach of the 2010 Under-18 National Team that captured a silver medal at the IIHF World Championship. A year prior to that, she served as an assistant coach for the Under-18 National Team that won gold at the IIHF World Championship in Germany and the U-18 Select Team. In 2006, she worked with the Under-22 Select Team. She has also worked as a lecturer, coach and instructor at numerous hockey camps throughout New England. She currently sits on the Executive Board at USA Hockey as an Athlete Director.
While a student at Brown, Crowley earned ECAC's Ice Hockey Player of the Year in 1997 and Ivy League Player of the Year three times. She is the Bears' all-time leading scorer with 206 points, racking up 123 goals and 83 assists in 100 career games. Crowley served as team captain as a junior and senior. Crowley also lettered in softball while at Brown and served as a three-time team captain. She garnered Ivy League Player of the Year in 1996 and the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year in 1997. She is a Hall of Fame inductee for both hockey and softball at Brown.
The Salem, N.H., native graduated from Brown in 1997 with a B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Management. Crowley's alma mater awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2011.
She married Ted Crowley, a former BC men's hockey player, in the summer of 2010.
Courtney Kennedy enters her fourth season on the Boston College coaching staff. Kennedy is responsible for recruiting and hockey operations, in addition to her coaching duties and working with the defensive corps.
The 2010-11 season saw Kennedy's nationally rated No.5 defense lead Boston College to its first Hockey East Tournament Championship and second appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four. Anchored by Vancouver silver medalist goaltender Molly Schaus, the Eagles limited opposing teams to just 1.70 goals per game and turned in a penalty killing percentage of 88.4, seventh best in the nation. Schaus rated third in nation for save percentage (.942) and 13th in shutouts (4) en route to collecting first team All-American, Hockey East and New England All-Star honors. In the conference, BC topped the stat lines in scoring defense (1.73 goals per game) and goals allowed (64).
In her third season coaching the Eagles, Kennedy's defense held opponents to 2.78 goals per game and had a .909 save percentage.
Kennedy came to BC after three years as the head coach of women's ice hockey at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass
Kennedy and Head Coach Katie King Crowley were mainstays on the U.S. National Team from XXXX, including being teammates on the 2002 and 2006 U.S. Olympic teams. In 2002, Team USA won the silver medal in Salt Lake City, Utah, and in 2006, it took home the bronze medal in Turin, Italy. Kennedy played for Team USA when it captured the gold medal at the World Championships in 2005. She now sits on the Executive Board of USA Hockey as an Athlete Director.
Kennedy, a Woburn, Mass., native, was a two-time All-American defenseman at Minnesota in 1999 and 2001. As a senior in 2001, she earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. She was also a Top Three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award given to the most outstanding college player.
Kennedy attended at Colby College in Maine for a year before transferring to Minnesota in 1999. Her career statistics as a Gopher include 35 goals and 77 assists for 112 points in 106 games. She ranks second on the Gophers' all-time defensemen lists for points, goals and assists. Her +136 rating places her sixth all-time among all players. In 2000, she helped lead Minnesota to its first national title.
Kennedy's coaching experience also includes director of on-ice practices and partial owner of the East Coast Wizard Girls Youth Hockey Program, USA Hockey Select Festival coach and director of the Kennedy School of Hockey.
Kennedy graduated from Minnesota in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in youth studies and currently lives in Somerville, Mass.