Feb. 22, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Boston College women’s ice hockey Assistant Coach Courtney Kennedy was named an assistant for the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team in an announcement made on Wednesday afternoon by USA Hockey.
“I am so honored to be selected to be part of the USA 18 squad,” Kennedy stated. “I am looking forward to working with some of the best young talent in the United States and working towards a gold medal!”
Jeff Kampersal, head coach at Princeton University, will serve as the head coach of the team, while Steve Guider, head coach of the Blaine Girls’ High School Team in Minnesota, has been tabbed as the other assistant.
The coaching unit will guide the U.S. U-18 squad beginning with the USA Hockey Women’s National Festival in August of 2012, go through the Under-18 Series with Canada and conclude with the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World U18 Championship that following winter.
Kennedy is in the midst of her fifth season with the Eagles, who are currently ranked fourth in the nation. In conjunction with her coaching duties, the Woburn, Mass. native sits on the Executive Board of USA Hockey as an Athlete Director. Prior to joining Boston College, she was the head coach at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols in Cambridge, Mass. for four seasons.
Kennedy was a member of the senior national team from 2001-06, leading the U.S. Olympic Teams to silver (2002) and bronze (2006) in addition to gold at the 2005 IIHF Women’s World Championship.
In college, Kennedy played three seasons at Minnesota. While a Golden Gopher, she was a two-time All-American, 2001 WCHA Player of the Year, 2001 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, a two-time Patty Kazmaier finalist and won the 2000 NCAA Championship.