Crowell has been on the bench with Katey Stone for each of the last three seasons (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Maura Crowell has been named interim head coach of the Harvard women's ice hockey team. Crowell will handle the women's ice hockey program as Katey Stone serves as head coach of the USA Women's Olympic Team at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochia, Russia.
"I am thrilled that Maura will be leading the Harvard Hockey program in my absence," said Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey. "She has certainly earned this opportunity. I look forward to watching the Crimson compete next season under Maura's guidance."
Crowell added, "I would like to thank Coach Katey Stone for giving me this great opportunity. I have spent the last three years working with this program and am eager and excited to lead the team next season. I plan to continue the tradition of excellence that Katey has established at Harvard and wish her the best of luck at the Olympics."
Crowell has been an assistant head coach with the Crimson since 2009 where she has helped Harvard earn a berth to the NCAA tournament, three straight ECAC playoff appearances and rank amongst the top-10 teams in the nation.
Crowell has built an impressive coaching resume in a short amount of time. She came to Harvard after a five-year stint as the head coach at UMass Boston where in just four seasons with the Beacons, she became the winningest coach in school history and ended her tenure with a 73-53-4 overall record. In 2009-10, she was named Eastern College Athletic Conference East Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year after guiding UMass Boston to a school-record total wins (17) and saw the Beacons to the ECAC East tournament semifinals. During her tenure as a head coach, Crowell produced 11 all-conference players and amassed the second-most wins among league coaches.
Prior to working at UMass Boston, Crowell spent two seasons as assistant coach with Connecticut College where she helped the Camels to their first-ever playoff appearance. During her time there, Crowell completed a master's degree in teaching in 2005.
Starting in 2004, Crowell has worked with USA Hockey where she served as an assistant at the 2010 women's national festival in Lake Placid, N.Y., and as an evaluator at a number of development events. She coached at U14, U16 and U17 National Development Camps in Rochester, N.Y., and St. Cloud, Minn.
As a player, Crowell enjoyed a solid career at Colgate, starting all four seasons as a forward and being named an assistant captain as a senior, before graduating in 2002. The Mansfield, Mass., native helped the Raiders to three consecutive ECAC playoff appearances and a trip to the championship game as a sophomore. She also received ECAC all-academic accolades as a senior, after the team transitioned from Division III to Division I, and was awarded an academic prize for excellence in German, her major while at Colgate.
Crowell will look to build on the 2012-13 season that saw Harvard go 24-7-2 and advance to the ECAC tournament championship game and the NCAA tournament. The Crimson, which was ranked as high as No. 2 last season, returns 15 of its 21 players for the 2013-14 season.