Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Buffalo, NY- As summer came in Western New York, it brought with it the winds of change for the rising women's program at Buffalo State. The first change came not long ago with the introduction of the NEWHL as their new conference home after a lengthy stay in the ECAC West. As the Bengals go forward into a new league, they will also go forward with a new coach behind the bench. Buffalo State has announced the hiring of Jennifer Wilson as the fourth head coach in the history of their women's ice hockey program. The move was announced on Monday.
Wilson comes to Buffalo following a multiple year run in two roles in Illinois. She was the head coach at ACHA Robert Morris University in Chicago for two seasons, and took her squad to the conference semifinals for the first time in a four year period. She also served as an associate coach at high school power Loyola Academy, and helped lead Loyola to a state title in 2016, and an additional title game appearance in 2017.
Before going to the midwest, Wilson learned her way around the former ECAC East, and around Division III competition as an assistant with St. Michael's for two seasons, which included the team's first postseason appearance in that time frame. She has also been heavily involved in USA Hockey as an intern coach for the 2012 USA U15 National Development Camp, and as a certified Level 4 coach. She has drawn many prestigious assignments within the USA Hockey framework, including as an evaluator and instructor for regional development camps and a stint as the head coach of Team Illinois for the 2016 and 2017 America's Showcase development events for uncommitted talent.
As a player, Wilson was most notably a part of the 2006 ECAC East championship team at Manhattanville, before wrapping up her career closer to her Wisconsin home at Robert Morris in Chicago with 49 points in 68 games played while also serving as an alternate captain.
Wilson replaces Candice Moxley, who guided the Bengal program to new heights in a four year period, with four playoff appearances and a 35-16-2 record in the past two years while making multiple appearances in the receiving votes or ranked portion of the D3hockey.com Women's Top 10. The Bengals graduated just one player, Heather Neuberger, from last year's squad.