June 9, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut women's ice hockey head coach Heather Linstad has been named the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the 2011-12 season as announced by USA Hockey Thursday afternoon. Linstad will be joined on the bench by Northeastern University assistant women's ice hockey coach Hilary Witt and University of Minnesota assistant women's ice hockey coach Joel Johnson.
The 2011-12 season includes the USA Hockey Women's National Festival (Aug. 10-17), the 2011 Women's Under-18 Series, a three-game competition against Canada (Aug. 18-21), and culminates with the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship, which will be held in the Czech Republic in early January.
At the helm of the UConn program for 11 seasons now, Linstad has mentored five student-athletes to major Hockey East awards while 11 players have garnered All-Hockey East accolades over the past seven years, including five first team selections. Most recently, juniors Alexandra Garcia and Sami Evelyn were named WHEA Second Team All-Stars following the 2010-11 season. She has guided the Huskies to the Hockey East Tournament seven out of the last nine years, including a WHEA Championship appearance during the 2009-10 season.
Throughout her coaching career, Linstad has compiled 315 victories, including 154 with the Huskies. During the 2009-10 season, Linstad captured her 300th career win, becoming just the third Division I women's ice hockey coach to achieve 300 or more wins.
Linstad will be serving as coach of a U.S. national team for the first time after having been involved in multiple USA Hockey Women's National Festivals and Player Development Camps, both at the national and district levels.