JODI McKENNA TO COACH WOMEN'S NATIONAL U18
SQUAD DURING NATIONAL FESTIVAL IN LAKE PLACID DURING AUGUST, 2010
(Wesleyan Head Coach and Veteran National Team Assistant Draws U18 Head Coaching Job)
After serving as assistant coach for Team USA during the 2009 International Ice
Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women's
Ice Hockey Championship in Finland as the USA won a gold medal, and
during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, when the USA secured a silver
medal, Jodi McKenna has been chosen to coach the Under-18 USA squad during the 2010
USA Hockey Women's National Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y. The Festival runs from
August 13-21 but the USA U18 team will begin its three-game series vs. Canada
The 21 members of the U18 squad were announced by USA Hockey July 30 and the release is available at the following link - < U18 Hockey Squad, 2010 >. Seven team members have previous National Team experience. This past April, the USA U18 squad took a silver medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship. Previously the USA was the gold-medal squad at the 2009 U18 IIHF World Championship.
Taking over as Wesleyan's head coach during the 2007-08 season, McKenna directed the Cardinals in 2008-09 as well before taking a leave of absence for the 2009-10 campaign to serve as an Olympic assistant. A 1998 graduate of Brown University, McKenna captained the Bears her senior season as Brown reached the first-ever NCAA Division I Championship game. Beginning her college coaching career as an assistant at St. Lawrence, McKenna helped the Saints reach the NCAA Frozen Four five times during her nine seasons. McKenna added a Master's degree at St. Lawrence to her credentials in 2000. She has been constantly active as a coach with USA Hockey over the last decade.
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