Women’s Hockey Head Coach
Katie Crowley started as an assistant coach at Boston College in August 2004, and was promoted to head coach in May 2007. At the end of the 2014-15 season, Crowley was honored with her first national coach of the year honor.
Crowley won a gold medal in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan; a silver medal in the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, and a bronze at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy. She took home five consecutive silver medals in the World Championships (1997, 1999-2001, 2004), and a gold medal in 2005 with Team USA. In 2009, she and her 1998 Olympic teammates were enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
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 – which 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.
My best advice to a girls’ coach is to make sure they treat the athletes with respect, make the sport fun, and teach them how to be a good teammate. Not everyone will go on to be a college athlete, but hopefully they have fun, learn something about the game, and make friends for life.
For Katie Crowley’s best team building exercise that she did with the 1988 Olympic Team, please read How to Coach Girls coming out in March of 2018.
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