From Former Bulldog Captains to Coaches

Chelsie Brown
Updated: December 03, 2019 11:37 PM

Entering her fifth season as the head coach, Jamie Plesha has been a leader on the ice since before her time with the Duluth Northern Stars. It actually dates back to her days with the 'Dogs.


"I always kind of wanted to be one of those lead by example people. I felt like I always tried to work extremely hard and always wanted to help my team be better too," said Plesha.

Plesha served as the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) women’s hockey captain during the 2013-2014 season. That year, she was just one of two seniors with a squad of 14 underclassmen that included 7 freshmen.

"I remember being very young and kind of had to be an extension of the coaching staff," explained Plesha. "Get them to know UMD hockey right off the bat."

She says that leading by example and having other players look up to her as a captain led to her wanting to coach.

Across town in Proctor, the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage are also coached by another Bulldog captain in first year head coach Emma Stauber.

"I kind of like how she just challenges us every day," explained Mirage senior forward Megan Madill. "We don't really get any practices off at all. After every drill, we condition. We put in our time."

"Intensity every practice is always up here and that's how it always is," explained Mirage snior Sydney Skorich. "Especially drills we get taught skillful things. She'll stop the drill and tell us what we did wrong or right which helps us a lot."

Stauber served as assistant with Plesha on the Bulldogs before becoming the first Duluth native to wear the 'C' and a co-captain her senior season. She takes over for Glen Gildermann who coached the Mirage for 21 seasons.

"I grew up obviously there's a lot of coaches in my family. I've kind of been around it and as I started helping with the youth programs around the city and triple A teams, I started to really really enjoy," said Stauber.

Since their collegiate playing days, the two of them haven’t lost touch. In fact, even though their two teams will face each other on the ice this season, it’s a win-win seeing the two of lead their own programs.

I think it's really special for the our girls to be able to see someone and have a role model and aspire to be like me or like Jamie. Strive to have those as their dreams as well to be able to play collegiate hockey," said Stauber.

They hope to not only be hockey role models in the Northland, but female leaders young girls continue to look up to.

Some of them remember us playing and I think to have that person as a coach and a role model," said Plesha. It's fun for them to be able to kind of relate to you and also have that female role model presence. It's just different when it's a female coaching a female.


Chelsie Brown

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