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Head Coach Maura Crowell

Maura Crowell is set to begin her fifth season in 2019-20 behind the Bulldog bench, and will do so as the Under-18 USA head coach for a second-straight season.

Crowell will lead Team USA at both the 2019 Under-18 Series vs. Canada from Aug. 15-18 in Lake Placid, New York, as well as at the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship, set to take place in January 2020 in a location to be determined. The coaches will also be a part of the 2019 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which will take place Aug. 5-14 in Lake Placid, New York, ahead of the 2019 Under-18 and Under-22 Series vs. Canada.  This past January, Crowell led Team USA to a silver medal finish at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship in Obihiro, Japan.

In four seasons at UMD, Crowell has an overall record of 70-60-14, including a WCHA postseason record of 7-5 and an NCAA Regional appearance in 2017.  Crowell has overseen a Patty Kazmaier Top-3 Finalist (Lara Stalder), as well as 31 WCHA Scholar Athletes and a total of 49 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, with WCHA Student Athlete of the Year Cather Daoust in 2017-18, and 2016-17 WCHA Player of the Year (Stalder), Defensive Player of the Year (Morin) and WCHA Student Athlete of the Year.  UMD has also had seven players placed on All-WCHA Teams in the past two seasons, 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.  The Bulldogs had 12 WCHA All-Academic Team members in 2017-18, in addition to nine WCHA Scholar Athletes in 2018.

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.

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.

Before taking the helm of the U-18 USA squad, Crowell served as an associate coach for the U-18 USA team in 2017-18 and an an assistant coach in 2015-16.  Crowell is a two-time U-18 World Champion, having won gold medals in U-18 USA coaching roles in two of the past three years.  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.