Tuesday afternoon the Boston Pride’s general manager, Hayley Moore, announced her team’s coaching staff for the 2016-17 season. Returning to the Pride are head coach Bobby Jay, assistant coach Lauren McAuliffe and associate coach Dave Jensen. All three coached the Pride to an Isobel Cup win last season.
Jay previously served as assistant coach of the Harvard Crimson men’s hockey team and was an assistant coach for the U.S. women’s national team at the 2014 Olympic Games.
McAuliffe played her collegiate career at Harvard and was formerly an assistant coach for Northeastern University’s Huskies, as well as a head coach for the Boston Blades of the CWHL. Jensen was a member of Team USA at the 1984 Olympic Games, and is an active member of the Boston Bruins Alumni Team.
A welcome new addition to the Pride comes in the form of goaltending coach, Todd Lampert.
“It’s an honor to be asked to join the Boston Pride staff this season,” said Lampert per the release. “I love coaching goaltenders, it’s what I enjoy the most about hockey. There’s world-class talent on this team and I’m excited to be on board.”
Lampert currently serves as the volunteer assistant goaltending coach with the Northeastern University women’s hockey program, where he has been for five years. He coached previously at Danvers High School and Curry College.
Last season the New York Riveters were the only team in the league to employ the services of a goalie coach; many other netminders around the league were forced to train sans assistance, a difficult, if typical, situation for women in professional sports where resources are tighter than in men’s leagues.
“I kind of had to be my own goalie coach this year,” first-string Pride netminder Brittany Ott told Excelle Sports in June. “Our coaches would give little tidbits, and [Lauren] Slebodnick and Kelsie [Fralick] would give little tidbits here or there, but it was up to me to realize and focus on what I needed to work on that week and understand where I was at. Then I could work and build off of that.”
The Boston Pride recently changed arenas and will now play out of Warrior Ice Arena at the Boston Landing development.