The Huskies open the 2013-14 season at Freitas Ice Forum against the Dutchwomen
Jaclyn Hawkins, a 2008 Husky graduate and the program's all-time leading scorer, returned to Storrs in 2013-14 for her second stint behind the bench as an assistant coach. She is currently in the third season of her current run and holds primary responsibility for the UConn forwards, while also serving as the program's liasion to multiple off-ice and recruiting efforts.
After helping UConn to six-win improvement during her first season in 2013-14, Hawkins helped guide the Huskies to their most postseason success in five years in '14-15. The Huskies advanced to the WHEA Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2010 after winning a quarterfinal series at Maine.
Under her guidance, three UConn forwards cracked the top-10 in all-time scoring at UConn during 2014-15, with Kayla Campero, Sarah MacDonnell and Emily Snodgrass all breaking into the UConn record books. MacDonnell finished her senior season with 30 points, finishing tied for 16th in Hockey East in scoring.
In the two years prior to Hawkins' return to Storrs, she served as the Director of Player & Organization Development for the Connecticut Northern Lights
Hawkins is familiar with the Huskies' program after compiling a successful four-year career as a student-athlete and then moving from the ice to behind the bench and becoming a UConn assistant for the 2008-09 season. The Manotick, Ontario native returns to Storrs as an assistant coach after serving as the Director of Player and Organization development with the Connecticut Northern Lights in Simsbury. During her two years in Simsbury, Hawkins provided hockey services such as training, coaching and playing an integral role in the prep/college process for the athletes. Additionally, she designed and implemented off-ice stick handling and shooting, oversaw coaching requirements and ensured all coaches abided by USAH regulations and was a lead member of the Hockey Operations Committee.
In 2010, Hawkins created the website www.WomensHockeyLife.com which provides a multitude of services to female hockey players, parents and coaches. The site assists in sending players overseas, to college and prep schools. It also provides information to females on present and future opportunities while providing personal insight from players at all levels through blogs, success stories and advice from coaches.
Hawkins played professionally in Switzerland for the ZSC Lions during the 2009-10 season. In 18 games there, she led the team with 29 goals and 26 assists for 55 points and helped the Lions to their first ever Swiss Championship game.
Hawkins, the 2004-05 Hockey East Rookie of the Year, served as a captain her senior and junior years at UConn, as well as an alternate captain her sophomore season. She led the Huskies with a program-high 27 assists this past season while adding 14 goals for 41 points. Hawkins currently leads the UConn program in career goals, assists and points as she finished her collegiate career with the Huskies earning a program-record 22 wins.
In a total of 137 games with the Huskies, Hawkins contributed 144 points on 69 goals scored and 75 assists. As a junior, she led the Huskies with 18 goals, 18 assists and 36 points. As a sophomore, she led the program in all three categories as well, including 12 goals, 15 assists and 27 points.