Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Hartford, CT-Trinity College Director of Athletics Michael Renwick has announced the hiring of Keith Maurice as its new head women’s ice hockey coach. Maurice, who will be the sixth head
coach in the history of the program, comes to Hartford after several successful years as an assistant coach at Ohio State University. Maurice takes the reins of a Bantam women’s ice hockey program that finished the year with an 18-7-2 mark, won its first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown, played in the NCAA Quarterfinals, and closed the 2014-15 as the No. 6-ranked team in the nation. He replaces Jenny Potter who was named the head coach at Ohio State in April.
“I am very excited to announce the hiring of Keith Maurice as the next leader of our women’s ice hockey program," Renwick said. "He was extremely impressive throughout the hiring process and I believe will add a tremendous amount of knowledge, commitment and stability to the program. I am looking forward to seeing this team strive for greatness yet again under his tutelage.”
As an assistant coach for the Buckeyes, Maurice served as the recruiting coordinator, and Ohio State saw the top recruiting class in its history brought in under his watch. He was also primarily responsible for the special teams and the day-to-day development of the Buckeye defensive corps. Ohio State was 32-33-9 in Maurice's two years with the team, including a 17-16-3 mark last winter, and the squad ranked second out of 36 sports academically at Ohio State.
Maurice began his coaching career at his alma mater, Norwich University, serving as the assistant coach of the women’s ice hockey team from 2003 through 2013. He became the first assistant coach in program history and made an impact, leading the Cadets to an NCAA National Championship in 2011 and two other Frozen Four appearances. He served as Norwich’s recruiting coordinator and was responsible for monitoring the academic progress of players. Maurice was an integral member of the NCAA Division III Staff of the Year with Norwich in 2010, 2011 and 2012. While working at Norwich, he also served as the head coach at several USA Hockey festivals for Vermont select 12-, 13- and 14-year old players.
“I want to thank Athletic Director Mike Renwick and Dean Mitzel for the opportunity to lead the Trinity hockey program,” Maurice said. “I am excited to come back East, and to coach in the NESCAC which is certainly one of the toughest conferences in NCAA Division III. I know the team is passionate and determined to build on its great finish to the 2014-15 season.”
Maurice, who earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Norwich, was a member of the Cadet men's ice hockey squad from 1998-2002 and helped the team capture an NCAA title in 2000. The defenseman served as captain in 2002, guiding the Cadets on another NCAA title run before falling just short in the national title game. During his playing career, the Cadets won three ECAC East Tournament titles and made three NCAA Frozen Four appearances. Maurice was named ECAC East Second Team following his senior season, and he racked up 57 career points for Norwich from the blue line.