Young named interim head coach of Colby women

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WATERVILLE, Maine --- Mallory Young has spent eight years with the Colby College women's ice hockey team as a player and an assistant coach. She gets her chance to lead the program as interim head coach for the 2013-14 season.Young, a 2005 Colby graduate, takes over the team after former head coach David Venditti left to take the head women's hockey position at University of New England. 

After eight years as a player nd assistant for the Mules, Young will now assume the head position on an interim basis.

"I'm very excited and grateful for this opportunity. That it's happening at Colby makes it even more meaningful," Young said. "I would be remiss if I did not thank Dave Venditti for bringing me back to Colby and working with me for four years. I wish him all the best."

Young played her senior season of ice hockey at Colby under Venditti, who had just received the head coaching job. She played her first three years under the direction of Jen Holsten, the current head coach of women's soccer at Colby. Young played on defense and finished her career with eight goals and two assists for 10 points in 84 games.

Young started thinking about a coaching career while at Colby. She was chosen to attend the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coaching Symposium for Women in 2005. The three-day symposium is structured to educate prospective candidates about the different elements of coaching.

"We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Mallory's experience on staff to lead our program at this time. Mallory is passionate about Colby and the sport of ice hockey and she has a strong assistant coaching background," said Marcella Zalot, Colby's Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. "She knows the league at a high level and she certainly understands the dynamics of being a student-athlete at Colby. I know she is ready to step into this role and I am pleased she has accepted our position."

Young came back to Colby after serving as an assistant women's ice hockey coach at Williams College. She also spent one year as an assistant at University of Massachusetts at Boston during the 2007-08 season. After graduating from Colby, Young was an assistant girls hockey coach at New Hampton School for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. She also was the head coach of the JV girls lacrosse team at New Hampton School.

Colby finished 10-15 overall a year ago and returns a number of key players, including goaltender Brianne Wheeler.

"This is an exciting time for our program," Young said. "We have a solid incoming class and a core group of upperclassmen who will continue to lead the team in a positive direction. With much work still to be done, I'm anxious about what lies ahead for the program."

Besides her four years as an assistant coach for women's hockey, Young has been active in the athletic department. She was the interim head coach for Colby's golf team in 2011 and helped the squad to three tournament wins. Young also has been the tournament manager when Colby hosted an NCAA women's basketball regional in 2010 and for two NCAA women's lacrosse opening round games in 2012 and 2013.

Young also joined Colby's Alumni Council in 2011 and works as a volunteer to collaborate with other members to work on athletic related projects or promotions. She played a major role in organizing the 40th anniversary events last year for Colby women's hockey.

"Being an alum of this program is special to me, as it is to everyone that has played Colby hockey," Young said. "As one of the oldest programs in the country, we have a proud history. The connection to those before us is something I value and hope to continue to strengthen through our alumnae network."