Menard takes the lead at Lebanon Valley
Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
HERSHEY, Pa.- Isabel Menard has played, and coached hockey across the globe. The 25 year old split time between two different schools in an illustrious collegiate playing career, extended that playing career into the European professional ranks, and has recently served as a head coach in both Canada, and Switzerland.
Now she'll get her first try as a collegiate head coach as Menard has been named the first women's head coach at Lebanon Valley College, with the inaugural season due to begin this fall.
"It's with profound contentment that I will be joining the Lebanon Valley College family as the head coach of the inaugural women's ice hockey team," Menard said in the school's release, "This opportunity will not only give me the chance to work with elite student-athletes, but the will to learn, teach, and give my full support to each and every one of my players as they grow into the person that they want to become."
Menard moves to the Annville, Pennsylvania based school from Appleby College, an independent preparatory school located in Oakville, Ontario. She has served as head girls' coach at Appleby for the past two seasons. Prior to Appleby, Menard was the head women's coach for Swiss hockey club ZSC, located in Zurich. She has also been an instructor at the Competitive Edge Hockey School in Ottawa for the last 13 years.
As a collegiate player, Menard split time at two different institutions during a prolific career while piling up 173 career points in 141 games. She spent her first two seasons on the hill at Syracuse, and later transferred to Boston University for the latter half of her eligibility. She was a three time all-conference selection and a Patty Kazmaier nominee. Menard also played professionally with ZSC, and HCL Lugano in Switzerland, and represented Canada at the 2011 MLP Cup.
NCAA rules committee proposes revisions
Indianapolis-The NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee convened for their June meeting this week, and the body has recommended a number of rule modifications for the upcoming season. The alterations will go in front of the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel at a July 20th teleconference, and will go into effect if approved.
- Helmets must be worn by players and officials at all times while on the ice, save for the performance of the National Anthem. This change comes in the wake of a horrific incident at the WCHA tournament, in which official Butch Mousseau sustained a fatal head injury after falling on the ice prior to the game. He was not wearing a helmet at the time.
- The recommended distance between the hash marks on offensive and defensive zone faceoff circles would change from four feet, to five feet, seven inches in an effort to create more separation between players. The updated distance would be classified as a preferred distance, meaning it would not be required outside of NCAA championship play.
Division III members of the Rules Committee include former Plattsburgh athletic director Bruce Delventhal, Curry athletic director Vinnie Eruzione, Saint John's men's coach Doug Schueller, and women's head coaches Michelle McAteer(Augsburg) and Ann Ninnemann(UW-Stevens Point).
Kimball to Guide Aurora Women
Courtesy of Brian Kipley, Aurora University
Aurora, Ill.-Aurora University today announced the addition of Grant Kimball as head coach of the AU women’s hockey program. The AU women’s hockey team will begin play in the 2017-2018 season, becoming AU’s 23rd collegiate sport.
"Having a coach with Grant’s resume lead the women’s hockey program at AU is exciting," said Director of Athletics Jim Hamad. "We are confident that he will be able to build a competitive program."
Kimball comes to AU after spending the previous seven seasons as the Associate Head Women’s Ice Hockey Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at the University of Vermont. He has a vast amount of experience coaching at the Division I and Division III level of women’s hockey, having been an assistant coach and associate head coach since 2001.
“I would like to thank President Dr. Rebecca Sherrick, Senior Vice President Dr. Lora de Lacey, and Director of Athletics Jim Hamad for this wonderful opportunity as Aurora University's first head women's hockey coach,” said Kimball. “The ability to give our student-athletes a first-class NCAA Division III experience and build a program from the ground up is extremely exciting. I can't wait to get started and build a tradition of academic and athletic success here at AU.”
In his 15 seasons of coaching collegiate women’s hockey, Kimball has made stops at Vermont, North Dakota State University, Wayne State University and Lake Forest College, finding success at all of his endeavors.
Kimball has additional experience serving with several other girls' teams at various levels. He was the director of the Michigan Regional Girls Development Camp in 2005 and 2006; co-coach of the USA Hockey Girls National Select U-14 Camp in 2005; head coach of Team Michigan in the Chicago Showcase Tournament in 2004 and 2005; and head coach of Team Illinois Girls U-15 and U-19 teams from 1996-2000.
He played his collegiate hockey at Lake Forest College and was a defenseman for the Foresters from 1992-95. He earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1996.
AU women’s hockey will become an official NCAA Division III program in 2017-2018 and will play as an official member of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) in 2017-2018 and be eligible for the Slaats Cup Playoffs and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. According to the NCAA, 58 women's varsity programs competed in Division III competition during the 2015-2016 season. AU will become just the second NCAA Division III women’s program in the state of Illinois, joining NCHA peer Lake Forest College. Women’s hockey competes in the winter, with the regular-season schedule running from October through March.
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