Rebecca Ruegsegger Baker has been hired by the New York Riveters as their goaltending coach, the NWHL announced late Monday morning. Ruegsegger Baker is new to both the league and the team, suceeding former goalie coach Jonathan De Castro at the position. All NWHL contracts are one year in duration.
Ruegsegger Baker joins a coaching staff of two: Chad Wiseman, who serves as head coach and Riveters general manager and Sis Paulsen, who was named assistant coach during the 2016 offseason.
“Rebecca’s past playing experience and recent coaching experience at St. Cloud, along with a great attitude and true passion for the game makes her a perfect fit for the Riveters organization,” said Wiseman.
Ruegsegger Baker is a Shattuck-St. Mary’s graduate who played on the USA Hockey U-18 team in Calgary in 2008, winning a gold medal at the IIHF Women’s World Championship. She went on to play for the University of Wisconsin and won an NCAA National Championship in 2011, as well as the Elite 88 award, which is given to the top player at the Frozen Four.
That season, Ruegsegger Baker posted a save percentage of 0.915 and a goals-against average of 1.50 over only 11 games, according to her Eliteprospects page.
Rugsegger Baker played only two years of college hockey. After injuries shortened her career at Wisconsin, she went on to graduate from Bethel University and has spent the past two years coaching at St. Cloud State.
“I am excited and honored to work with the Riveters to give these women opportunities to play after college and continue to develop as goaltenders and people,” said Ruegsegger Baker.
Additionally, Ruegsegger Baker consults for the South Korean National Hockey Team, which has famously ramped up training for its ice hockey program in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Games.