Colby names Tyng head coach of women's hockey program

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WATERVILLE, Maine -- Holley Tyng, interim head coach of the Colby College women's hockey team, was officially named head coach of the Mules' program Friday.


A seasoned and energetic leader, Tyng joined Colby last October, less than a month before the team's first practice.


"Holley has a great hockey mind. She brings a wealth of coaching experience and a strong understanding of what it takes to pursue excellence on and off of the ice in an elite academic environment," said Tim Wheaton, the Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. "During her time as our interim coach, Holley has made herself an integral part of the community, both for her players and peers."


The Providence College graduate was previously an associate head coach at Dartmouth College, where she started as an assistant coach in 2005. She was part of four NCAA tourney appearances, two ECAC Hockey Tournament titles, an Ivy League championship, and an ECAC Hockey regular season title.


Tyng jumped right in despite her late start. "(Colby) had really great leadership in the locker room from our six seniors. They were really on board and that was important for us," Tyng said. "The players were very accepting of a new perspective. They did everything we asked them to do and we threw a lot at them."


Colby finished the season at 2-19-3 overall, winning the final two games of the year. The Mules had impressive ties against Bowdoin College and Saint Anselm College, which finished the season at a combined record of 22-2-3. 


"We were faced with some challenges and the players never quit," Tyng said. "They would show up on Monday after a long weekend with smiles on their faces, ready to get prepared for the next game."


Tyng has six first-year players coming in and a possible seventh for the 2017-18 season. The Mules could have 15 first-year and sophomore players on the roster.


Prior to Dartmouth, Tyng was the head coach of girls' hockey at Tabor Academy, her alma mater. She had a 23-10-5 record in two years.


Captain during her senior year at Providence, Tyng was a three-time ECAC All-Academic Team selection. She earned the Paul Connelly Award for distinguished sportsmanship, courage, and honor in May 2001.

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