Castleton, Vt- Although she's at a new school, it can be said that Ashley Salerno is still familiar with the territory for her first head coaching position. The Brunswick, Maine native knows plenty about the Green Mountain State after playing and coaching in separate years for Colby grad Jim Plumer at the University of Vermont, and getting Division III experience with a playing run at Amherst and a coaching stop at Middlebury.
She may call upon those experiences quite frequently where she is now. Castleton University announced it has hired Salerno to oversee the women's hockey program as the team's eighth head coach. The announcement was made on Tuesday.
"I am pleased to welcome Ashley as the new head coach of the women's ice hockey program," Castleton Associate Dean of Athletics Deanna Tyson said in the school's release. "Her experience both as a player and as an assistant coach is very impressive. I look forward to seeing her guide the Spartans into the upcoming season."
Salerno will take command of a program looking to rebound from a sub-.500 campaign after posting the best season in school history under Steph Moberg in 2015-16, when the team finished 17-8-2. Norwich graduate DJ Fimiani took the position this past season, and parted ways after just one year on the job with a record of 8-14-4.
The new Spartan head coach spent the past season at Vermont, where she assisted Plumer in guiding the Catamounts to their first winning season since Salerno was a senior there in 2013-14. The former defenseman transferred to Division I for her senior year after playing her first three years of undergraduate eligibility at Amherst College from 2010-2013. She was part of the Amherst side that advanced to the 2012 NCAA tournament. Salerno returned to the NESCAC after her Division I playing season to assist Bill Mandigo at Middlebury, and the Panthers were strong with her on the staff. Middlebury posted 41-11-6 record over two years and made an NCAA championship site appearance in 2016 before Salerno moved back to Burlington.
She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont.