After leading the Bulldogs back into the NCAA tournament last March, head coach Maura Crowell will return to the UMD bench for a third season in 2017-18.
In two seasons at UMD, Crowell has an overall record of 40-28-6, including a WCHA postseason record of 5-2. Crowell has overseen a Patty Kazmaier Top-3 Finalist (Lara Stalder), as well as 15 WCHA Scholar Athletes and a total of 28 WCHA All-Academic Team members.
For her efforts during the 2016-17 season, Crowell was named the USCHO Division I Women's Coach of the Year, as well as the the CCM/AHCA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year Award for 2017. Crowell was also crowned the 2016-17 WCHA Coach of the Year after she guided UMD to its biggest turnaround in program history with 25-7-5 overall record and the Bulldogs first NCAA Quarterfinal game at home since 2010.
The Bulldogs earned 19 WCHA wins in 2016-17, the program's highest since the 2010-11 season, and finished third in the ultra-competitive WCHA (and just three points out of second place), Crowell also helped UMD back into the national rankings, and the Bulldogs reached as a high as second in both the USCHO.com and USA TODAY/ USA Hockey Magazine national polls for six weeks before resting in fifth in both final season polls. The Bulldogs were also runners-up in the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off tournament to the University of Wisconsin, UMD's first trip back to the tournament's final game since the 2012 season.
On Crowell's watch, UMD had two All-Americans in the 2016-17 season (Stalder and Sidney Morin), as well as run on league awards, including 2016-17 WCHA Player of the Year (Stalder), Defensive Player of the Year (Morin) and WCHA Student Athlete of the Year. UMD also had five players placed on All-WCHA Teams, and tacked on a program-record 10 WCHA Scholar Athletes in 2016-17, as well as a program-high 16 WCHA All-Academic Team members.
After taking over as UMD's bench boss on May 1, 2015, Crowell guided UMD back to the WCHA Final Face-Off semifinals after the Bulldogs stunned then No. 7 Bemidji State on the road with a sweep in the opening round of the league playoffs.
Prior to her arrival in Duluth, Crowell spent five seasons at Harvard, including as Harvard's associate head coach in 2014-15 after filling an interim head coaching role in 2013-14. She was a Crimson assistant coach from 2010-13.
In Crowell's final season at Harvard, the Crimson went 27-6-3 overall, captured the ECAC and Ivy League regular season championship and the ECAC playoff crown, and advanced all the way to the NCAA Frozen Four title game. Crowell was an instrumental component of a Harvard program that had qualified for the NCAA Tournament three consecutive winters.
One year earlier, Crowell stepped in for head coach Katey Stone (who spent the 2013-14 season with the USA Women's Olympic Team) and was named a finalist for the 2014 ECAC Coach of the Year award after guiding Harvard to a 23-7-4 record, an Ivy League regular season title, a berth in the ECAC semifinals and the NCAA quarterfinals and a No. 7 ranking in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey/USA Today polls.
Prior to signing on with the Crimson, Crowell built an impressive resume over five years (2005-10) at the University of Massachusetts-Boston helm. During her time behind the Beacon bench, she rolled up an overall record of 73-53-4 -- making her UMass-Boston's all-time winningest coach -- and helped produce 11 All-Conference selections. In 2009-10, Crowell was chosen the ECAC's Coach of the Year after the Beacons went 17-9-0 in all games and 13-6-0 against ECAC competition.
Crowell's collegiate coaching resume also includes a two-season stint (2003-05) as an assistant coach at Connecticut College, where she helped the Camels to their first first-ever playoff appearance. Crowell came to Connecticut College from St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass., where she doubled as an assistant women's hockey coach and junior varsity lacrosse coach.
Crowell was an assistant coach for the 2016 United States Women's National Under-18 World Championship gold medal winning squad that earned gold in St. Catherines, Ontario. In addition to serving as an assistant at the 2010 Women's National Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y., since 2007, Crowell has served as a coach at U-14, U-16 and U-17 USA Hockey National Development Camps in Rochester, N.Y. and St. Cloud, Minn. Crowell has participated in USA Hockey development events, including serving as an evaluator for Massachusetts Hockey and the Texas Amateur Hockey Association. Crowell holds a USA Hockey Level Four coaching certification.
A Mansfield, Mass. native, Crowell enjoyed a rewarding four-year playing career at Colgate University and helped the Raiders to three straight ECAC playoff appearances and a spot in the 2000 ECAC championship game. Crowell — who was part of Colgate's transition from Division III to Division I — earned ECAC All-Academic accolades as a senior assistant team captain in 2001-02, and was awarded an academic prize for excellence in German. She graduated from Colgate in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in German and earned her Master's of the Art of Teaching from Connecticut College in 2005.