Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
ASHLAND, Wis. -- After spending the entirety of her young coaching career in the Northeast, Kelly Rider is heading west. Northland College has announced that Rider will be behind the bench as the first head coach of its newly formed women's ice hockey program.
"I am honored to be the first Women's Hockey coach at Northland College," Rider said in the school's release. "I want to thank President Miller, Kim Falkenhagen, Seamus Gregory, and the rest of the search committee for this unique opportunity to build a program and to be a part of a community and environment with so many great people. I am proud of Northland's dedication to their students and investment in athletics, specifically the hockey programs. I know future women's hockey players will feel the same way. I'm excited to get started and to lead a competitive and passionate women's hockey team that will experience success on and off the ice."
Rider returns to the NCAA Division III ranks after a one year stint as skating instructor at Albany Academy(NY). She was previously a NCAA Division III head coach for one season at Neumann University, guiding an underclassmen laden roster to a record of 6-17-2 in the 2013-2014 season and placing one player on the ECAC West All-Rookie team. Rider served as an assistant at Neumann for one year prior, helping to lead the Knights to an ECAC West semifinal appearance. Rider also occupied an assistant coach role at UMass-Boston during the 2008-2009 campaign.
As a player, Rider competed as a forward for Division I Quinnipiac. She appeared in 88 games for the Bobcats from 2003-2007 and graduated with a degree in Athletic Training. She also holds a Master's degree in Education from Boston University.
Rider will have a full year to fill out her roster, as the Lumberjills will begin play in the 2016-2017 season. It is expected that the women's program will join Northland's existing men's ice hockey program in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.