MAURA CROWELL • Head Coach
Maura Crowell is set to begin her fifth season in 2019-20 behind the Bulldog bench, and will do so as the Under-18 USA head coach for a second-straight season.
Crowell will lead Team USA at both the 2019 Under-18 Series vs. Canada from Aug. 15-18 in Lake Placid, New York, as well as at the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship, set to take place in January 2020 in a location to be determined. The coaches will also be a part of the 2019 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which will take place Aug. 5-14 in Lake Placid, New York, ahead of the 2019 Under-18 and Under-22 Series vs. Canada. This past January, Crowell led Team USA to a silver medal finish at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship in Obihiro, Japan.
In four seasons at UMD, Crowell has an overall record of 70-60-14, including a WCHA postseason record of 7-5 and an NCAA Regional appearance in 2017. Crowell has overseen a Patty Kazmaier Top-3 Finalist (Lara Stalder), as well as 31 WCHA Scholar Athletes and a total of 49 WCHA All-Academic Team members. For her efforts during the 2016-17 season, Crowell was named the USCHO Division I Women's Coach of the Year, as well as the the CCM/AHCA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year Award for 2017. Crowell was also crowned the 2016-17 WCHA Coach of the Year after she guided UMD to its biggest turnaround in program history with 25-7-5 overall record and the Bulldogs first NCAA Quarterfinal game at home since 2010.
LAURA BELLAMY • Associate Head Coach
Native Duluthian Laura Bellamy will begin her fifth season at UMD in 2019-20, and first as an associate head coach after four seasons as an assistant to UMD bench boss Maura Crowell.
In addition to her UMD duties, Bellamy was named a coach for the fifth annual U.S. Women's National Team Goaltending Development Camp in May at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. It is the third consecutive year that Bellamy has served at the camp, which annually brings together the nation's top female goaltenders from the U-18 to professional level, provides athletes with specialized training and mentoring, as well as critical resources to support their long-term development as elite goaltenders. Bellamy has also stepped in and taken the reigns when Crowell has been at the helm of the U.S. U-18 squads during the past three IIHF U-18 World Championships, having posted a 3-3 record in her own right.members.
Bellamy has helped the program to a 70-60-14 record over her tenure, as well as a Western Collegiate Hockey Association postseason record of 8-5. Over that span, Bellamy has also overseen a Patty Kazmaier Top-3 Finalist (Lara Stalder), as well as 31 WCHA Scholar Athletes and a total of 49 WCHA All-Academic Team members. UMD had two All-Americans in the 2016-17 season (Stalder and Sidney Morin), as well as run on league awards, including 2016-17 Coach of the Year (Crowell), 2016-17 WCHA Player of the Year (Stalder), Defensive Player of the Year (Morin) and back-to-back WCHA Student Athlete of the Year award winners in Catherine Daoust in 2017-18 and Stalder in 2016-17. UMD has also had 10 players placed on All-WCHA Teams, including three this past season.
ASHLEIGH BRYKALIUK • Assistant Coach
Former UMD standout Ashleigh Brykaliuk will begin her second season as a Bulldog assistant coach in 2019-20. Brykaliuk spent the 2017-18 hockey season playing professionally in China for the Vanke Rays of the Canadian Women's Hockey League, and compiled 25 points in 28 games on eight goals and 17 assists.
UMD went 15-16-4 with the nation's strongest schedule and made it to the WCHA Final Face-Off semifinals last season with Brykaliuk's help. The Bulldogs also had seven WCHA Scholar Athletes, nine All-WCHA Academic Team members and three players selected to All-WCHA Teams, as well as a USCHO.com All-Rookie Team selection in Gabbie Hughes.
A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Brykaliuk graduated from UMD in May of 2017 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. As a player, Brykaliuk was a two-time All-WCHA Second Team honoree, earning the award in both 2016-17 and 2015-16. Brykaliuk had back-to-back 40-plus point seasons as a junior and a senior, and finished her career as the 12th highest scorer in UMD history. Over 146 career games, Brykaliuk scored 62 goals and added 83 assists for a whopping 145 points -- an almost 1.00 point per game average. As a senior, Brykaliuk not only registered 45 points (17g, 28a) in 37 skates, but helped UMD return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011, and as NCAA Regional hosts for the first time since 2010.
CHRIS ESPOSITO • Volunteer Coach
NICHOLAS BRYANT • Director of Operations
Nick Bryant will begin his third season with the UMD women's hockey program as its Director of Hockey Operations in 2019-20, and first as a USA Hockey member of the development camp hockey operations staff.
Bryant arrived at AMSOIL Arena with a lengthy and unique portfolio after spending two seasons as the Minnesota State University, Mankato director of hockey operations and equipment manager. While in Mankato, Bryant spent three years as the Director of Operations for the Anthony Ford Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for childhood leukemia and youth scholarships.
In addition to working as the USA Hockey equipment manager for a year for the Under-18 Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minn., Bryant also spent a summer as an intern for the United States Golf Association. A part of the yearly Miracle Ice Fantasy Camp staff in Lake Placid, N.Y., Bryant was the assistant equipment manager for the Minnesota Swarm during the 2015 season.