CSS’ MacMillan resigns as head women’s hockey coach, Vasichek to take over

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The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) announced on Monday that Jackie MacMillan has resigned as head coach of the women’s hockey team.

According to a release by the school, she is departing to pursue other opportunities. Assistant Julianne Vasichek will now take over the position.

MacMillan spent 11 years behind the bench at CSS, and was the Saints’ only intercollegiate head women’s hockey coach. During that time she tallied 149 victories, and led the 2020-2021 team to the school’s only Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) regular season title this spring.

The Saints made the NCHA Championship game every year for the past three seasons, with MacMillan earning NCHA Coach of the Year honors in 2019 and 2021.

Additionally, MacMillan recruited and coached the school’s first-ever four-time NCAA All-American in Nina Waidacher from 2011-15.

Vasichek has been with the CSS women’s hockey program for the last five seasons, including the past two years as a full-time assistant.

Previously, she served on the staff of the 2010 University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) championship team. She skated for UMD from 2001-2005, and was a member of the 2002 and 2003 championship team.