2013-14 Coaching Staff


Jodi McKenna - Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach
(860) 685-2904 - jamckenna@wesleyan.edu

Jodi McKenna, head coach

     Jodi McKenna is now in her sixth full season of coaching Wesleyan women's ice hockey.  After nine seasons as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University, Jodi stepped in for her first head coaching assignment at Wesleyan in 2007-08.  After coaching the Cardinals for two season, Jodi was on temporary leave-of-absence for the 2009-10 campaign as she helped Team USA earn a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, serving as an assistant coach.  She returned to the Cardinal bench for the 2010-11 season.  In April, 2009, Jodi was on board as an assistant coach when Team USA won a gold medal during the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship in Hameenlinna, Finland.  Jodi was given a head coaching assignment in August, 2010, directing the National U-18 squad during the USA Hockey Women's National Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y.  There, Team USA took on Canada for a three-game series.  She also directed the U-18 squad to a gold medal at the World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden in January, 2011.
     A 1998 graduate of Brown University, Jodi was an outstanding defensewoman on the Bears women's ice hockey squad.  During her four seasons, the final one as a team captain, Jodi saw her Brown team capture an ECAC regular-season or tournament title three times.  In Jodi's senior year, Brown played in the first-ever women's ice hockey national championship contest, falling to the University of New Hampshire.  In her nine seasons with St. Lawrence as an assistant, Jodi helped the Saints qualify for the NCAA Championships five times, making it to the Frozen Four on each occasion and playing in the title game in 2001.
     A certified strength and conditioning coach, Jodi developed and monitored the year-round training program of the Saints women's ice hockey squad.  During the off-season, she was active as a USA Hockey coach including action with the 18-19 Junior Olympic Festival and the 15-16 Festival in 2004 as well as with the Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic and Rocky Mountain District Player Development programs. Recently, Jodi has been a coach and evaluator for USA Hockey Rocky Mountain District Camp in May, 2008 and an assistant coach for the U.S. U-22 National Team camp in June, 2008.  She also was an assistant coach at the U.S. National Team holiday camp in December, 2008.
     After receiving her B.A. from Brown in 1998, Jodi added a Master's degree at St. Lawrence in 2000.  An adjunct associate professor at Wesleyan, Jodi acts as the club sport liaison for the athletics department in addition to her coaching duties.
       
 
Courtney Drennen - Assistant Coach
Courtney Drennan - Assistant Coach      Joining the Wesleyan coaching staff for the 2012-13 season, Courtney Drennen is a women's ice hockey assistant and department intern for a second season in 2013-14.  She brings with her outstanding playing and coaching experience at the Division I level, playing goaltender for powerhouse Mercyhurst for four seasons (2005-09) before assisting with the women's program at the U. of North Dakota following her graduation.  While Mercyhurst reached the NCAA tournament quarterfinals each of Courtney's years, including a National Championship game appearance in 2009, Courtney played in 37 games with 30 starts, compiling an outstanding 26-4-2 record with a .927 save percentage and a 1.42 GAA with eight shutouts.  Mercyhurst had a cumulative mark of 112-24-12 from 2005-09. 
     Serving as an assistant coach at North Dakota from 2009-12, Courtney served as goalie coach and video coordinator during her final season there as the Fighting Sioux finished with a 22-12-3 mark and earned a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals.  She also worked toward her Master's degree in public history at UND.  During the 2010-11 year, Courtney served as girls player development director for the North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association and has had extensive experience as a summer hockey instructor/counselor from 2006 through 2010.
 
Caitlin Peters - Assistant Coach

Caitlin Peters - Assistant Coach

      Joining the Cardinal coaching staff for the first time in 2009-10 as a part-time assistant, Caitlin Peters, now in her fifth season, was a four-year varsity women's ice hockey stalwart at Division I Quinnipiac University.  Graduating in 2005, Caitlin was a team captain as a senior while serving as an assistant captain the prior year.  She was a participant in the 2002 Youth Education through Sports (YES) Clinic at the NCAA Women's Frozen Four Division I National Championship.
    
     Receiving her degree in biology at Quinnipiac, Caitlin currently works full-time as a biology teacher at the Greater Hartford Academy for the Arts.  For three years following her graduation, Caitlin worked for Protein Sciences in Meriden, Conn. as a quality control analyst.  During the summers of 2002, 2003 and 2005, Caitlin gained experience as a director, coach or counselor at various sports camps in Connecticut and Minnesota.