UMD's Maura Crowell Named Head Coach for U.S. U-18 Team for 2018-19

Eyewitness Sports
Updated: May 16, 2018 02:57 PM

Duluth, Minn. - UMD Women's Head Hockey Coach Maura Crowell has been named the Under-18 USA head coach for the 2018-19 season after serving as an associate coach in 2017-18 and an assistant coach in 2015-16.

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Crowell is a two-time U-18 World Champion, having won gold medals in U-18 USA coaching roles in two of the past three years.

"It's such an honor to have been called to lead this year's under-18 women," said Crowell in a press release. "I'm continually impressed with the level of talent and focus in each of these young players, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to help this year's group reach its full potential."

Crowell is going into her fourth season at the helm at UMD and will still coach the team this season. In her three previous seasons, Crowell has an overall record of 55-44-10, including a WCHA postseason record of 6-4 and an NCAA Regional appearance in 2017.  For her efforts during the 2016-17 season, Crowell was named the USCHO Division I Women's Coach of the Year, as well as the the CCM/AHCA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year Award for 2017. Crowell was also crowned the 2016-17 WCHA Coach of the Year after she guided UMD to its biggest turnaround in program history with 25-7-5 overall record and their first NCAA Quarterfinal game at home since 2010.

The Bulldogs earned 19 WCHA wins in 2016-17, the program's highest since the 2010-11 season, and finished third in the WCHA (and just three points out of second place), Crowell also helped UMD back into the national rankings, and the Bulldogs reached as a high as second in both the and USA TODAY/ USA Hockey Magazine national polls for six weeks before resting in fifth in both final season polls. The Bulldogs were also runners-up in the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off tournament to the University of Wisconsin.

For more details on the U.S. Under-18 Team, click here.

(Contributions from Kelly Grgas Wheeler of UMD Athletics.)


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