March 13, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut head women's ice hockey coach Heather Linstad has announced her resignation. Linstad was the only head coach in the history of the program since it was established for the 2000-01 season.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the University of Connecticut for allowing me to build the women's ice hockey program," said Linstad. "I have enjoyed my 13 years here at UConn. It has been a wonderful privilege to work with some outstanding student-athletes during my tenure."
Linstad owns a career coaching record of 322-290-31, including her eight seasons at Northeastern prior to coming to UConn, and ranks sixth in NCAA history in all-time NCAA Division I wins.
"The entire UConn community is grateful for her time as our women's ice hockey coach," said UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. "She and her student-athletes have represented the University in a first-class fashion. We wish Heather success in her future endeavors."
Linstad guided the Huskies to eight Hockey East Tournament appearances, including runs to the championship game in 2005 and 2010. While at Connecticut, she was also involved as a coach with USA Hockey and served as Team USA's Under-18 head coach at the 2012 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic, leading the team to a silver medal. A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.