HAMDEN, Connecticut – Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics & Recreation Jack McDonald has announced the appointment of Cassandra Turner as women's ice hockey interim head coach. Turner recently completed her seventh season as a member of the Bobcats' coaching staff and her fourth as the team's associate head coach.
"We are pleased that Cassie Turner will lead our women's ice hockey program and continue to mentor our student-athletes," McDonald said. "Cassie has been a key part of Quinnipiac's NCAA and ECAC Hockey success."
Since her arrival at Quinnipiac in 2008, the Bobcats have won 131 games, including 19 or more in her last six seasons as an assistant coach. This past year saw Quinnipiac win a program record 26 games, while eclipsing the 20-win mark for the third straight season and fourth time in five years, and clinching the first at-large NCAA Tournament bid in program history. Quinnipiac has been ranked in the national polls on a weekly basis for the last three seasons.
In addition to her role with the Bobcats, Turner has been a longtime fixture within Hockey Canada's Development program, first as an assistant coach before being named the head coach of Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team for the 2014-15 season.
As a player, Turner was a three-time selection for the U-22 National Team from 2001 through 2003, which was highlighted with a Gold Medal at the 2003 Air Canada Cup. She served as an assistant captain for Team Ontario's gold medal-winning 1999 Canada Games team. A two-time captain during a four-year career at Brown, she led the Bears to two Ivy League and two ECAC Hockey Championships, as well as two appearances in the National Championship final.
"I'm honored to be able to continue my coaching career at Quinnipiac, working alongside fantastic people and guiding a group of student-athletes with tremendous character," Turner said. "I look forward to continuing to support the drive for excellence on the ice, in the classroom and in the community."