Crowell had a 9-year tenure with UMD where she had a record of 174-115-28. PHOTO COURTESY OF UMD ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

Crowell led Bulldogs to four straight NCAA tournament berths

After spending nine seasons successfully returning the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey program to national prominence, Maura Crowell will take over the reins at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Crowell departs the Bulldogs having led the program to four-straight NCAA Tournament berths, including an NCAA Championship runner-up finish in 2022, two NCAA Frozen Fours (2022, 2021), and four NCAA Regional Finals/Quarterfinals appearances. Crowell amassed a record of 174-115-28 with the Bulldogs, including three-straight 20-plus win seasons.

“The opportunity at Dartmouth brings me and my family closer to home,” said Crowell. “The past nine years in Duluth have been transformative for me as both a person and coach. I found a deep sense of purpose working at UMD. The players that I’ve had the opportunity to coach over the years are the reason this program has had continued success. The coaches that I’ve worked alongside have been incredible leaders and people. Thank you to all of the support staff that have been a part of this special program. It’s the people that make UMD one of the best places to compete and work.”

On Crowell’s watch, the Bulldogs had an NCAA-high 11 players in the first-ever PWHL draft last September, which included two players in the top-10. Crowell also helped 10 UMD players make Olympic teams, and had nine All-Americans, including Olympians goaltender Emma Soderberg and defenseman Ashton Bell in 2022-23. Other All-Americans under Crowell have been Gabbie Hughes and Élizabeth Giguère in 2021-22, as well as Bell, Anna Klein and Soderberg in 2020-21 and two All-Americans in the 2016-17 season (Stalder and Sidney Morin).

Crowell’s crew has also had a run on league awards over her tenure, most recently highlighted by Soderberg’s second WCHA Goaltender of Year honor in 2022-23 after also receiving the award in 2020-21. Bell was named the 2020-21 WCHA Defenseman of the Year, four years after Morin earned the accolade in 2016-17, and the program has landed four WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year under Crowell in Clara Van Wieren in 2023-24, Soderberg (2022-23), Catherine Daoust (2017-18), and Morin (2016-17). Soderberg was also a finalist for the 2022-23 WCHA Player of the Year, while Stalder was named the 2016-17 WCHA Player of the Year. UMD has also had 28 players placed on All-WCHA Teams.

UMD director of athletics Forrest Karr said that the university will begin a national search for Crowell’s replacement and Bulldog associate head coach Laura Schuler will serve as the program’s interim head coach.

“I am happy for Maura and her family as they start this next chapter in their lives,” said Karr. “Maura has done an exceptional job here at UMD of helping students reach their full potential on and off the ice while treating everyone with respect. I am grateful for our time working together. Continuing the strong tradition of Bulldog women’s hockey is very important. We will now focus on a diligent search to find the program’s next leader.”