PITTSBURGH, PA.- Chatham University has a new leader behind the bench for one of the longer-running women's hockey programs in the nation. D3hockey.com learned less than a month ago that Jason Evans was no longer in that position, and the Pittsburgh-area instutition worked quickly to identify a candidate within their own conference. On Monday, Chatham announced the hiring of Utica assistant coach Jessica Newstrom as its new women's head coach.
"I'm extremely honored to be a part of Chatham University and grateful for the opportunity to take over the leadership of our Women's Ice Hockey Program," Newstrom said. "I'm very excited about entering into the new UCHC Conference. I believe it's going to be a great opportunity to be a competitive team in the conference right off the bat, and compete for a conference championship in the near future. I want to make it a priority that our student-athletes be leaders on the ice, in the classroom, and within the community."
"Coach Newstrom is a great fit for Chatham," Athletic Director Leonard Trevino said. "Her national recruiting ties and experience with top hockey programs has prepared her to take over the reins of our program. We are confident with her at the helm and excited for the future of our women's ice hockey program."
Newstrom most recently served as an assistant at Utica College for two seasons running from 2015-17. While at Utica, she assisted with the operations of the program under Dave Clausen, including running off-ice training, study hall monitoring, recruiting potential student-athletes, fundraising, team travel, and game and practice preparation. She was also the head coach of the school's fledgling Junior Varsity program for the two seasons it has existed.
While at Utica she aided the cause in the best season in program history with a record of 19-8-1 and an appearance in the ECAC Women's West championship game. That team included one All-American, two All-Rookie team players and five All-Conference Honorees. She also coached goaltender Keira Goin to the majority of her program-record 13 career shutouts.
Prior to Utica, she was an assistant ice hockey coach at Centennial High School for two years as well as a goalie instructor at Premier Goaltending Development. She was a two-time All-MIAC selection as a goaltender at Bethel University.
UTICA, N.Y. -- The 2016-17 season is in the books and it's the Norwich Cadets who will forever be etched in the history books as its champion. But that's far from all that went down in Utica this weekend, and as always D3hockey.com was on hand to take it all in.
Norwich's national championship is its fourth all-time and first since 2010.
Photo: Jeff Melnik for d3photography.com
On Friday, Trinity edged St. Norbert, 3-2, in an up-tempo and fan-friendly game in which Trinity's Samuel Johnson score his first goal of the season, but a big one it was as it proved to be the game-winner.
In the other semifinal, Adrian battled back from a 4-2 third period deficit to force overtime with Norwich, but in the end it the Cadets' Ian Williams scored the extra session game-winner to propel the Cadets into the title game.
In that title game, Norwich held off a strong second period surge by Trinity to pull away in the third for a 4-1 win that was a lot closer than the score indicates.
Long story short, The Cadets claimed their fourth national title and first since 2010. But game action wasn't all that went on at the Utica AUD, so if you missed any of it get caught up on all of it right here with our Live at the AUD! news feed.
From our Wednesday night Frozen Four Podcast, through our Thursday features and AHCA award coverage, to Friday's semifinal recaps and press conferences, right up through Norwich capping off its 27-1-3 year with a title, re-live it all right here all in one convenient place.
What would a Frozen Four be without our annual national championship celebration video? This year the popular feature returns and it of course features the Norwich Cadets, your 2017 champs. Photo: Tex Ferguson, D3hockey.com
The 2017 season is in the books and its Norwich that goes on top. Miss any of the weekend's action? No problem, catch up on all of it right here with our comprehensive coverage, from Thursday's practices right up through Saturday's final horn. Photo: Jeff Melnik for d3photography.com
Ian Williams finished off a timely bounce in overtime to help Norwich stave off a blistering Adrian rally and advance to their first NCAA title game since 2010 on a school-record win streak.
Photo: Jeff Melnik, D3photography.com
Adrian faced a unique situation a week ago as it had to play its quarterfinal game without the guidance of head coach Adam Krug, but the Bulldogs prevailed regardless thanks to the work of its assistants and a team that stayed cool and calm under pressure. Photo: Hans Gulset
We have a great day of semifinal hockey ahead, but what intrigue may the national title game bring on Saturday? Brian Krosky checks in to deliver an early look at the possible match-ups that we may see come Saturday night. Photo: Ray Biggs
The Reichenbach brothers took vastly different, but successful paths in the game of hockey. Ty will suit up for the Norwich Cadets this weekend as they chase a National Title, while his brother overcomes obstacles to live a new dream all his own.
Photo: Mark Collier, Norwich University
Live and on scene in Utica, our Thursday features kick off with St. Norbert and a brief but enlightening and entertaining interview with the play-by-play voice of the Green Knights since 1993, Tim Derozier. Photo: Greg Bins
Two years after winning a national championship with a defensive unit featuring All-American Michael Flynn, the leadership torch was passed from Flynn to Sam Johnson for Trinity, and the senior has ran with it impressively.
Photo: Larry Radloff, D3photography.com
So you're coming to the championship in Utica this weekend... Now what? Also, what is in this picture that looks like pizza? The staff's resident Utican gives you his top picks for food, activities, and more to make your visit to Utica a great one. Photo: Lance Catamaran
Friday's second semifinal features two of the most explosive offenses in the country, both of which rolled up six goals in their quarterfinal wins. Norwich is seeking its fourth national title while Adrian is in search of its first. Photos: Mark Collier, Norwich University/d3photography.com
St. Norbert has its sights set on its fifth national championship while Trinity is aiming for its second in three years. In Friday's first semifinal its the Green Knights and one of the nation's stingiest defenses against the Bantams and one of the country's most dynamic offenses. Photos: d3photography.com
Norwich and Hamilton rekindle an old rivalry while UW-Stevens Point and Adrian write the next chapter in what has proven a budding and volatile rivalry. Two trips to Utica are on the line as we break down all four teams and both match-ups. Photo: Steve Frommell for d3photography.com
St. Norbert hosts Augsburg in a rematch of a 2016 tournament quarterfinal while Trinity welcomes Endicott for what will be the first meeting between the programs. Two trips to Utica are on the line this Satuday as we break down all four teams and both match-ups. Photo: Hans Gulset
Trinity posted a 6-of-7 combined special teams performance that included two power play goals, and got two each from veterans Sean Orlando and Brandon Cole to roll past red hot Plattsburgh.
Photo: Eric Gulseth, D3hockey.com
Norwich in the first round? Yep, and it makes sense. And we explain why that's the case and also tackle a handful of other questions generated by Monday morning's NCAA tournament selections, in this, our annual attempt to answer all of them in one fell swoop. Photo: Norwich Athletics
Seven of this year's 12 teams are known, but there are still five at-large bids up for grabs. Who's in, who's out, and who will be playing where and win? In this season's final edition, we implement the NCAA selection process as best we can in attempt to find out... Photo: Hans Gulset
Augsburg, St. Norbert, Plattsburgh State, Norwich, Salem State, Endicott and Trinity are in, while UW-Stevens Point and Hobart also claimed league titles to bolster their already strong tournament résumés. Get caught up on all the men's conference tournament action right here with our expanded playoff tracker. Photo: D3hockey.com
In a special to D3hockey.com, Danny Jin explores the career and mindset of Williams College senior defenseman Frankie Mork as the Ephs continue through the NESCAC playoffs. Photo: Jeff Melnik, D3photography.com
An upset in the MIAC brings a new face into the Pool C fold and the top West Region seed changes hands in the West. Will any of the past week's affect our projected bracket? Take a read and find out as it's our penultimate Women's Bracketology of the year. Photo: Ryan Coleman for d3photography.com
Lock in the title game pairings in two more leagues as mid-week results set up a Plymouth State-Salem State rematch in the MASCAC, while Endicott and University of New England will face of for the CCC crown.. Photo: Endicott/UNE Athletics
The third set of NCAA regional rankings are out and between those and last weekend's results it led to our most challenging edition of the year. The new East rankings have led to new Pool C comparisons, and suffice to say...things are getting a little tight. Photo: Hans Gulset
As playoff action picked up across the nation, it was an unforgettable day in that regard in and around Utica, where both of Oneida County's teams took a step on their own hopeful journeys towards a Frozen Four in their own backyard. Photo: Eric Gulseth, D3hockey.com
Super Saturday came, Super Saturday went, and the day left quite the blend of advancements and eliminations, including the demise of one top seeded squad, minigame double overtime, and a scoreless draw for over 90 minutes. Photo: UNE Athletics
The busiest postseason day of the year is in the books. The end result? Two overtime game-winners, five upsets and a slew of standout performances. Catch up on all of it with our men's conference tournament tracker. Photo: Augsburg's Nate Flynn; Caleb Williams for d3photography.com