Crowell spent five seasons on the bench at Harvard. (Gil Talbot)
DULUTH, Minn. – Former Harvard associate head coach Maura Crowell has been named the head coach for Duluth women's hockey, UMD athletic director Josh Berlo announced Friday.
"We are absolutely thrilled for Maura and this new opportunity," said Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey. "We enjoyed five great years with Maura as part of the Harvard Hockey program, and she will be missed. In this next step in her career, we wish Maura well and great success as she takes over the Bulldog program."
Crowell, who served as the Crimson's interim head coach for the 2013-14 campaign – during which Stone was the bench boss for Team USA in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi – was appointed Associate Head Coach for the 2014-15 season, her fifth on campus.
The 2014-15 Crimson squad, which finished 27-6-3 (16-4-2 ECAC), enjoyed its most successful run in more than five years, earning a Beanpot championship, an Ivy League title, the ECAC Regular Season and Tournament crowns, and a spot in the 2015 National Championship game.
With Crowell on the bench, Harvard enjoyed a record of 113-40-15 (.717), three Ivy League titles, an ECAC championship, three trips to the NCAA Tournament, a trip to the Frozen Four and spot in the national title game.
Crowell joined the Crimson coaching staff after a five-year stint as the head coach at UMass Boston. After just four seasons with the Beacons, the Mansfield, Massachusetts native became the winningest coach in UMB history and ended her tenure with a 73-53-4 (.577) overall record and a 58-36-2 (.615) record in conference play.
She was named the 2009-10 Eastern College Athletic Conference East Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year after leading the Beacons to a 17-9-0 overall record and a 13-6-0 record in league play. Crowell led the 2009-10 Beacons to school-record totals in overall and league wins, and saw the Beacons to the ECAC East tournament semifinals. During her tenure as head coach, Crowell produced 11 all-conference players and amassed the second-most wins among league coaches from the 2005-06 season on.
As a player, Crowell enjoyed a solid career on the Colgate women's ice hockey team, starting all four seasons as a forward and being named an assistant captain as a senior. She helped the Raiders to three-straight ECAC Hockey playoff appearances and a trip to the championship game as a sophomore. She also received ECAC all-academic accolades as a senior. She graduated in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in German and received her M.A.T (Master's of the Art of Teaching) degree in German in 2005.