Courtesy of Don Sherman,
Elmira College Athletics
ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Pat Thompson, Elmira College Vice President of Athletics, announced the appointment of Kelsea Martalock as head women's ice coach on Tuesday.
"I am pleased to announce the promotion of Kelsea Martalock from assistant ice hockey coach to her new role as head coach," said Thompson. "Her past experiences in Division III hockey as a player and assistant coach, along with her knowledge and dedication to our program, positioned her to take over the reins after Coach Jackson's departure. Coach Martalock's philosophy aligns with our established women's ice hockey tradition and her involvement in recruiting this past season and for our next class in 2017 is notable. Additionally, her certification as Strength and Conditioning Coach is not only a benefit for the women's ice hockey team, but for our department as a whole."
"I am very honored to have the opportunity to continue the history of excellence that has been known as Elmira College women's hockey," said Martalock. "Coach Jackson established a culture of academic and athletic success and I am looking forward to continue that tradition with our program. I want to thank Coach Jackson for taking me on as his assistant a year ago and mentoring me to prepare me to be a head coach. I also want to think Pat Thompson for the opportunity and the support to lead our team to another successful season."
Martalock becomes the fifth women's ice hockey coach in the program's 15-year history, after the Soaring Eagles produced their fifth consecutive 20-win season and the team's fourth straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearance.
She spent the previous year on the Elmira bench as an assistant and helped the Soaring Eagles log a 23-5-1 overall record, including a 16-2-0 mark in ECAC West contests. She helped Elmira piece together an outstanding 16-game midseason unbeaten streak (15-0-1), which propelled EC to a No. 2 national ranking.
That same season, the Soaring Eagles produced six wins against top-10 nationally-ranked teams, including two victories over the nation's top squads in the 2016 NCAA Division III Tournament. Elmira defeated second-ranked Adrian College on the road in the first round and topped fourth-ranked Middlebury College two games later to claim a third-place finish at the national tournament.
"I think the opportunity to transition from assistant to the head within the team will be a huge benefit for the program," stated Martalock. "Having worked with Coach Jackson for a year, I am familiar with the culture and history of the program, I know the direction we will need to go, and I know what our team will need to do to accomplish another National Title. I want to keep Elmira Women's Hockey as an elite program and I am very excited and thankful to have the opportunity to do so."
Under Martalock's tutelage, several Soaring Eagles garnered year-end accolades at the conference and national level. She played an integral role in helping first-year blue liner, Kristin Chivers '19, receive American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) First-Team All-America and D3hockey.com Second-Team All-America honors. She also saw five skaters earn All-Conference accolades from the ECAC West, while 14 members of the 24-person squad were named to the ECAC West All-Academic Team.
Prior to her time as an assistant with the Soaring Eagles, Martalock served as the assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach at St. Norbert College, a Division III institution in De Pere, Wisconsin. During her time at St. Norbert, the Green Knights finished tied for second place in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) and reached the NCHA Tournament Semifinals. Her St. Norbert squad also featured the NCHA Freshman of the Year and an All-American Defender.
A 2012 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Martalock also spent time as an assistant coach with her alma mater from 2012-14 as the strength and conditioning coach, while completing her master's degree. Her strength and conditioning background includes an internship working under Jim Snider at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and with USA Hockey under Mike Boyle, a pioneer in the field of strength and conditioning. Since 2008, Martalock has been involved with USA Hockey as a coach, strength and conditioning coach, and assisting in skill development.
Martalock is a native of Tomah, Wisconsin, and played her first two seasons of collegiate hockey at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, before transferring to UWSP. In 92 career games, she scored seven goals and added nine assists for 16 points.
Martalock and the Soaring Eagles open the 2016-17 campaign on Tuesday, November 4th, against Neumann University on the road at 7:00 p.m. Elmira fans will get their first look at the new bench boss one week later, as the Elmira women welcome Chatham University to the Murray Athletic Center for a 7:00 p.m. conference bout on Saturday, November 11th.