McGonagle Named RMU Women’s Ice Hockey Head Coach
Dr. Susan Hofacre, Robert Morris University director of athletics, announced today the appointment of Kevin McGonagle as the first head coach for the Colonial women’s ice hockey program. McGonagle comes Robert Morris after leading Bowdoin College to the 2003-04 New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship.

“It’s a great opportunity to start a program,” said McGonagle. “Having a chance to put together a program is really what drew me to Robert Morris.”

McGonagle has seven years of head coaching experience and has put together a career record of 80-85-9. Last season with Bowdoin, he led the Polar Bears to their second straight NESCAC Championship and the Division III NCAA Tournament with a 20-5-1 record.

“Kevin comes to Robert Morris having experience with successful programs,” said Hofacre. “His coaching credentials are solid and we are sure the success that he has had building programs in the past will continue here at Robert Morris.”

“My goal is to get word out to the hockey community about Robert Morris in my first year,” said McGonagle. “I want to bring in quality student-athletes and meet with junior league and club team coaches throughout the nation to lay a strong foundation for the future of Colonial women’s ice hockey.”

Under McGonagle’s guidance, the Bowdoin squad led the nation in scoring defense and finished fourth in the nation in scoring offense while setting the school record for fewest goals allowed in a season.

Prior to his time at Bowdoin, he was the head hockey coach at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for two seasons. McGonagle was named the New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year in 2002 when he led the Trailblazers to their first winning season in 17 years and the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Championship game for the first time in the school’s history.

McGonagle’s first head coaching stint came at University of Massachusetts-Boston from 1996 through 2000. After an 8-14-0 record in his first season at the helm, he turned the team around to 7-17-0 the following year, 13-11-2 the next and 13-12-0 in 1999-2000. It marked the first time in 11 years that the team had back-to-back winning seasons.

As an undergraduate at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., McGonagle was a member of the football, ice hockey and baseball teams. He started his coaching career at Bowdoin in 1993 as an assistant on the men’s hockey staff where he worked until 1996.

The Robert Morris University women’s ice hockey program is a member of College Hockey America Women and will begin play in 2005-06. The CHAW includes Mercyhurst College, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University and Wayne State.

Released: 8/06/2004