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Looney Named Head Coach of Women's National University Team

Congratulations Shelley

10/23/2016, 3:30pm EDT
By Anne Johnston Fera

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Shelley Looney Named Head Coach of U.S. Women's National University


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Shelley Looney (Brownstown, Mich.) was tabbed head coach of the U.S. Women’s National University Team that will compete at the 2017 Winter World University Games from Jan. 28 – Feb. 8 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

In addition, Brett Berger (Springfield, N.J.) and Scott Hicks (Richmond, Ind.) were named assistant coaches.

“Shelly brings an invaluable amount of knowledge and passion to our coaching staff,” said Katie Holmgren, team leader of the U.S. Women’s National University Team and USA Hockey’s manager of adult hockey. “We’re excited to have this entire group leading our team into Kazakhstan in January.”

A two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team (1998, gold; 2002, silver), Looney was an assistant coach at the 2015 Winter World University Games. She currently serves as the hockey director for the Buffalo Bison and spent the 2015-16 season as head coach of the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League. Prior to joining Buffalo, Looney was the girls’ and women’s hockey director for the New Jersey Colonials program from 2006-2013.

As a player, Looney medaled 10 times while amassing 136 points (61-75) in 151 games for Team USA. She played collegiately at Northeastern University, where she was named the ECAC Player of the Year for the 1993-94 season.

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Age Appropriate Skills Development

Starting Monday April 7th we embark on a new chapter for Bison Hockey. We are going to intensify our commitment to skill development. We are going to provide more assistance to our coaches. We are going to design our teaching to be more age appropriate and tailored to the particular skill levels of our players at each age increment.

The hiring of Shelley Looney as Hockey Director is a pivotal step in the new direction we are taking. Shelley will be on the ice all week during our Spring Tryouts. Shelley is excited to get going and meet the players in our program

We want to encourage every player to introduce themselves to Shelley when they step on the ice for tryouts. 

In the coming months, as we prepare for next season Shelley will be busy developing our curriculum, at each age level. Shelley and all of our volunteer coaches will work closely to coordinate the integration of skills into all team practices. Along with our coaches, Bison Hockey will also be sure to educate our players and parents on the upcoming season. We intend to be very clear in communicating our expectations for everyone involved in our program next season.

Enrollments at Bison Hockey today exceed 400 players, ranging from ages 3-18. That represents a wide range of player needs & capacity. Our goal is to help develop our players so they can increase their skating skills and begin to enjoy the great game of hockey as they become stronger and more capable on the ice.

See you at the rink.