Breaking: UConn women's hockey coach Heather Linstad resigns
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 16:03
UConn women’s hockey coach, Heather Linstad announced her resignation today after 13 seasons.
Linstad has been coaching the Huskies since the program was established in 2000. Before arriving at UConn, Linstad was head coach of Northeastern, where she coached those Huskies for nine seasons.
In a press release by UConn athletics, Linstad thanked the University for allowing her to help build the women’s ice hockey program here at UConn.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the University of Connecticut for allowing me to build the women's ice hockey program," said Linstad. "I have enjoyed my 13 years here at UConn. It has been a wonderful privilege to work with some outstanding student-athletes during my tenure."
The announcement came after the women’s hockey team posted a disappointing 3-29-3 overall record and a 1-19-1 overall record in Hockey East play during the 2012-2013 season. This followed up last season’s equally disappointing campaign, where the Huskies went 3-15-3 in Hockey East and posted a 4-12-3 record overall.
Recently, the Huskies were eliminated 5-1 by No. 9 Boston University on Feb. 19 in the first round of this season’s Hockey East playoffs.
During her tenure as head coach, Linstad led UConn to two Hockey East Championship games in 2005 and 2010, both of which the Huskies lost. She also coached Team USA to a silver medal in the 2012 U-18 IIHF World Championship.
No word has been given yet on who will be Linstad’s successor.