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Jason Carter Named LumberJills Bench Boss

Updated: July 10, 2020 09:33 PM

As Northland College's women's hockey program enters just their second year of being part of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), they'll have a new bench boss to help lead the charge.

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Friday it was announced that Jason Carter will serve as the new Jills head coach. He explained he had met few players via Zoom and has been texting the team captains getting to know more about them.

Carter comes from St. Mary's College after serving as an assistant coach since 2017.

"I'm planning to touch base with all the returning players. I think there's about nine of them, next week and I just want to ask them questions. Like what are a couple things you like about the program? What's something you want to see different? What really drew you to Northland? Because ultimately the players are what sells the program, so I have to learn from them. They've been there two, three years and I haven't. I've only been there 24 hours," he explained.

His coaching career began at the University of St. Thomas. He played hockey for the Tommies and was hired as an assistant for the Shakopee High School boys team in 2012. In 2014, he transitioned to coaching the Shakopee girls team before joining St. Mary's.

The Jills are expecting a large incoming recruiting class of 17 players. Carter said he dealt with a similar incoming class his first year at St. Mary's. He hopes the newcomers can make a quick impact on the program.

"We want to be hard working no matter what. Whether it's in the classroom, in the weight room, on the ice, we're going to be hard working and play fast. Seamus [Gregory] the AD [athletic director], showed me around the rink the other day and he said it's really hard fast ice in the winter and I'm really excited for that because we're going to play an intense style and kind of in your face," said Carter.

He added his recruiting starts this weekend with a tournament in Wisconsin. He's also looking forward to hiring his first assistant coaches.

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